Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central
Keeping in touch - October 2018       

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Welcome to my latest update. My Big Conversation took up half of the last few weeks and, after Parliament returned on 9 October, Brexit, trains, further education, Burma, and local manufacturing are among the issues I’ve worked on.


As the Government’s handling of negotiations with the EU stumbles from crisis to crisis, the issue has dominated my time as a Shadow Brexit Minister. Read my October update here.

Sheffield-London trains

I challenged Transport Ministers over cuts to London-Sheffield services, which have been made to enable improvements to travel across London and the South-East. Read more.

Universal Credit

I met with Sheffield welfare advisors to discuss the Universal Credit roll out starting on 7 November, and in Parliament we pressed the Government to halt their plans. Read more from Sheffield here.

Love Our Colleges

I was pleased to meet with Sheffield College Principal Angela Foulkes, and with UCU reps, and give my backing to the Love Our Colleges campaign which is seeking fair funding for further education. Read more.


Supporting Burma’s Karen people

I met with Saw Wee Eh Htoo, an environmental and human rights activist, who briefed me on the human rights situation in Karen State which I will raise with the Foreign Secretary. Read more.

Backing local manufacturers

I’ve called for co-ordinated action to tackle knife crime, but am concerned about proposals in the Offensive Weapons Bill to stop knife manufacturers from delivering knives to homes, so I've tabled an amendment to the Bill to protect local companies.

Immigration detention

I met with Stephen Shaw, who led a review of welfare of people in immigration detention, and met Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes on ending indefinite detention, on which I’m working across parties.
International students

As Co-Chair of the All-Party Group for International Students, I met the Chair of the Migration Advisory Committee to discuss their recent report, and spoke at the World Week parade celebrating the contribution of international students to Sheffield.

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Big Conversation

Thanks to everyone who came to Big Conversation events and completed my survey. You can read my report, outlining the main issues raised this year, here.

Reaching out to carers

After meeting carers at Sheffield Carers Centre I made this video with their Chief Executive Pauline Kimantas to help reach more people who are providing unpaid help to relatives and friends, and who need support. Please watch and share.

I was pleased to be invited to Kingfield Synagogue in Nether Edge to discuss the concerns of the Orthodox Jewish community about antisemitism.
Youth Parliament Convention

I welcomed UK Youth Parliamentarians from across Yorkshire and the Humber to Sheffield and talked with them about my work as an MP.
Harvest Festival

I joined members of St.Mark’s Church in Broomhill for their Harvest Festival lunch to support Christian Aid and their campaign for internally displaced refugees.

Asylum accommodation contracts

I highlighted the experience of Sheffield asylum seekers in appalling housing conditions in a debate on asylum accommodation.
Vacancy in my team

There is the opportunity to join my team as a Parliamentary Assistant based in my Westminster office. Deadline is Friday 2nd November. Details here.

Community notices

Musical evening in support of Sheffield One World Choir - Friday 2 Nov. Doors open 5.30pm. At Theatre Deli, 202 Eyre Street, Sheffield, S1 4QZ. Details here.
Sheffield Christmas Dinner for young care leavers –  Volunteers are needed to help with preparations and on the day. If interested, email:
Fundraising concert for Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza City- St Mark's Church, Broomfield Rd, Sheffield on Saturday 10 November at 7.30 pm. Details here.
Sheffield Young Carers interactive showcase and AGM – Find out what SYC’s activities and see an interactive exhibition by young carers. Tuesday 30 Oct, 2 – 4pm, Sheffield City College. RSVP or call (0114) 258 4595.
Donate old laptops to support schools in South Africa – Tyume Valley Schools, a local charity supporting schools in remote parts of the Eastern Cape, recently had some laptops stolen. Could you donate an old laptop with Windows 7 or above? Contact me for further details.
Manor Community Transport require Volunteer Drivers - Full Training and Travel Expenses Provided -
Interested please contact Lisa on 0114 265 4275 or
The Equality and Diversity Forum are running a learning programme for voluntary and community organisations in Yorkshire and the Humber. Details here.

Keeping in touch

My office is open every weekday and if you have any questions or need any help please ring 0114 272 2882 or email me.

Best wishes,

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