Keeping in touch - June 2021

Paul Blomfield MP
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Parliament has continued to operate virtually this month, as Covid restrictions were extended, and I've been pressing Ministers on issues from steel to obesity. Locally, I was pleased to join friends and family of Pat Midgley to remember her special life - and to visit hospitality businesses backing the campaign against sexual harassment. As ever, if you have any feedback do get in touch. Best wishes, Paul

Safeguarding steel jobs

I pressed Boris Johnson to maintain the safeguards for the UK's steel industry, inherited from our membership of the EU, after he whipped his MPs to vote down a Labour proposal to change the law to protect the industry. More here.
Child obesity

In a Parliamentary debate on the Government's obesity strategy, I highlighted the work of Manor-based Shine Health Academy and called for properly funded services for children and young people. More here.

Gambling harm

I joined the Big Step again in a campaign for the suspension of all gambling adverts during Euro 2020 coverage and, with Gambling with Lives, met Monzo to discuss their gambling transaction block.

Remembering Pat Midgley

I was pleased to join her family and others in remembering my friend and colleague Councillor Pat Midgley, who was one of the first victims of the pandemic, as we named a street on Park Hill in her honour.

All-Party Students' Group

I was pleased to be re-elected as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Students - with Vice-Chairs including Caroline Lucas and former Conservative Universities Minister David Willetts.

Zero tolerance of sexual harassment

There was great coverage in the Star (see here) of hospitality venues signing up to the campaign I launched with partners across the city for no tolerance of sexual harassment - find out more here.

Reviewing the Brexit deal

As a member of the UK Trade and Business Commission, I joined two inquiry sessions on improvements needed to the Brexit deal for small businesses and food producers.

Challenging weak trade deals

I challenged International Trade Secretary Liz Truss on her description of her recent trade deal with Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein as a 'major boost', despite Norway's PM saying it was weaker than the previous agreement. More here.

Carers' Week

During Carers' Week earlier this month I backed the campaign for breaks and better support for unpaid carers, on which I spoke recently in Parliament.

Calling for action on Ethiopia

Working with a constituent from Ethiopia, I've been pressing Ministers for action to end the devastating conflict in the Tigray region and ensure humanitarian aid reaches those facing famine.

Community notices

City of Sanctuary: Support the refurbishment of local Sheffield organisation providing hugely valuable support to refugees here.

Support for victims of domestic abuse: 08088082241 is the Sheffield helpline (open Mondays to Fridays 8am-7pm & Saturdays 9am-5pm) and 08082000247 offers support nationally 24/7.

Nether Edge and Sharrow Foodbank: Supporting vulnerable people in the area, this recently established project is fundraising to continue their work providing food packs. Please donate here.

Funding opportunities: Click here to find out about three funding opportunities that have been made available for organisations working with victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Parliament week: Join this free online talk with @UKParliament on Wednesday 23 June and hear from a Cumbria and Yorkshire based engineer about their experiences of restoring Big Ben

National School Sport Week: Register for National School Sport Week here to receive resources and advice for schools organising sports days.


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