Keeping in touch - July 2022

Paul Blomfield MP for Sheffield Central
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This update covers the last few weeks before Parliament went into recess for the summer - with the battle to replace Boris Johnson exposing the appalling record and deep divisions of this Government. There'll be no newsletter in August but my team continue to work through the summer, so do get in touch if we can help.
Remembering Sharpeville

37 years after attending the unveiling of a plaque for the 25th anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre, I spoke at an event (above) rededicating it to mark Sheffield's role in the anti-apartheid movement and our commitment against racism. Watch here.
Northern Ireland Protocol

I spoke against the NI Protocol Bill, arguing that picking a fight with the EU would not solve the problems knowingly created by Boris Johnson in his flawed Brexit deal (read more or watch here).

Rail dispute

I met with striking RMT members at Sheffield station and shared a copy of the letter I sent to the Transport Secretary urging him to address their demands.

NHS Dentistry

I have continued to work on the crisis in access to NHS dentistry, speaking in a further Parliamentary debate, meeting with the British Dental Association, and questioning Ministers.

Race Equality Commission

I joined the launch of the report of the Sheffield Race Equality Commission, set up in response to the Black Lives Matter campaign to prepare recommendations on tackling racism and racial inequality across the city.

Food poverty and sustainability

Along with newly elected Walkley Councillor Tom Hunt I met Food Works to discuss provision of affordable food - and our latest session of the UK Trade and Business Commission considered post-Brexit food and agriculture policy in the light of the cost of living crisis.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport

I met with airport owners Peel Group, along with other South Yorkshire MPs, following their recent announcement to consult on its closure, on which I set out my views in the Star.

Supporting manufacturers

Having spoken up for domestic users, I made the case for businesses hit by rising energy prices, challenging the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on support for a local business Thessco.

Big Conversation

I've published a report on action I've taken arising from last year's Big Conversation. This year's Big Conversation will be postponed for a couple of months - with a bigger focus on local issues and the cost of living crisis.

Mesothelioma Action Day

I spoke at the Annual Mesothelioma Day event at Sheffield Cathedral building awareness and supporting research into the asbestos-related disease - and backing the campaign for Cape Holdings to be held accountable.

Young Carers

Inspired by working with Sheffield Young Carers I have set up and All-Party Parliamentary Group for Young and Young Adult Carers with support from Carers Trust.

Assisted dying

I spoke in a debate on giving terminally-ill people the right to end their lives with medical support, drawing on personal experience, and was interviewed by the Daily Express on the issue.

Mental health in schools

I met with students and Park Academy to discuss their concerns about mental health services for young people and to hear initiatives in their school.

Bus cuts

I met with South Yorkshire Mayor Oliver Coppard after the shock announcement that 1/3 of local bus services are threatened as a result of government underfunding - on which we've launched a petition with Labour colleagues.

Community notices

Visit Parliament: I’m re-starting my annual Parliament trips, which were cancelled during the pandemic, in November. Find out more and sign up 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.

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