Paul Blomfield - Sheffield Central

Setting up All-Party Groups, welcoming constituents to Westminster and speaking on Mesothelioma - all in my week ahead

Monday 29th June 2015 - It's always difficult to predict my Parliamentary week. Last Thursday for example the Transport Secretary dropped a bombshell, announcing the postponement of electrification of the Midland Mainline, and I changed my day to be there to challenge him (see here). This week, the main business of Parliament is the Scotland Bill but there's lots of other things happening - and I'm interviewing for a new member of my staff team. 

On Tuesday I'll be in Business Innovation and Skills Questions, trying to challenge Ministers on cuts to further education funding and I've been drawn to question Cabinet Office Ministers on Wednesday. As we're at the start of a new Parliament, we're currently re-establishing All-Party Parliamentary Groups - and I'll be at meetings for groups on universities, motor neurone disease, and sickle cell & thalassaemia

I'll also be welcoming constituents to Westminster and doing a Q&A session with school students from Birkdale who are spending the day learning about Parliament. I'm attending an event on medical research, and I'll be going to the Royal Society Summer Science exhibition where Sheffield University students have been chosen to promote their research - the importance of science and research in driving economic growth is something on which I led a debate last week (see here). 

Back in Sheffield on Friday, I'm going to visit the solar test facility at the University of Sheffield to see the important work being done there to help us move to greener energy sources.  I'm also meeting the Managing Director of John Lewis, the Chief Executive of the South Yorkshire Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, the Director of the Snowdrop Project and am speaking at an Action Mesothelioma Day event at Sheffield Cathedral - and on Saturday I'll be at the Ruskin Park Fun Day as part of Walkley Festival, and speaking at a 'One Sheffield, Many Cultures' event on Fargate.


Science & Research, the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean and the Spirit of 1945 - some of my week ahead

Monday 22nd June 2015 - I'm leading a Parliamentary debate this week on 'Science and Research in the UK and Regional Economies', in which I'll be pressing the new Universities Minister Jo Johnson on the important role of universities in driving economic growth and the need for investment in research. I'll also be meeting local representatives of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) at a national FSB event in Westminster, which will highlight the key role of small businesses - of which there are around 40,000 across South Yorkshire. 

In my view our economic success depends on our future membership of the European Union and I'll be at the Westminster launch of the Labour Movement for Europe - while back in Sheffield on Saturday I'll be speaking of the issue at the Walkley Festival. On Tuesday I'm chairing a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration at which we're considering the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean. I'll also be at a discussion organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Universities, of which I'm Secretary, on the Government's counter-terrorism legislation

Back in Sheffield from Thursday night, I'm hoping to get along to an event organised by Sheffield Futures, going to the monthly meeting of my Constituency Labour Party where we're discussing policing with South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, catching up on issues in relation to the New Retail Quarter, meeting the new Officers of the University of Sheffield Students' Union, having my monthly update with local Councillors, and holding one of my regular open advice surgeries for constituents. On Friday night, I'll be at Walkley Festival for the showing of Ken Loach's film 'The Spirit of '45' celebrating the momentous year that changed Britain - why not join me there?


Press release - Paul Blomfield MP warns of threat to Sheffield adult education and training

Tuesday 16th June 2015 - Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield today warned that thousands of local people would lose out on the education and training that they need if the Government pressed ahead with further cuts to adult skills funding.

Speaking today at a Parliamentary lobby in the House of Commons, Paul said

“We've seen a 30% cut in the adult skills budget since 2010, to be followed by a further 24% cut in the year ahead” and warned that the £2.1million cut in Sheffield College's adult education budget would mean that “thousands of adults in our city region will lose out on the education and training that they need, and that we need them to have to grow the local economy.”

He told the packed meeting in Westminster that “Sheffield College has a long and great tradition of high quality adult education and, even in the face of repeated funding cuts, continues to provide educational opportunities for the thousands of adult learners in Sheffield who wish to improve their skills each year”.  

But he warned that continued funding cuts would “leave too many adults in Sheffield and across the country without the routes into education that they so desperately need.”


Europe, further education and migration – some of the issues in my week ahead

Monday 15th June 2015 - Again my week ahead is dominated by the EU Referendum Bill, which was approved at Second Reading last week. Now it will get detailed consideration this week at Committee Stage which, because of its importance, will be open to all MPs. It's an issue I feel strongly about, but as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Shadow Foreign Secretary, my role is limited to supporting our team without being able to speak.

Also in Westminster this week I'm meeting constituents attending a lobby on climate change, attending an event on Motor Neurone Disease, chairing a meeting of the All-Party Group for Students which I set up in the last Parliament, and going to a meeting of the All-Party Group on Debt and Personal Finance, of which I was Secretary. I'm also meeting with the President of Sheffield College Students' Union and speaking at a UCU rally on cuts to further education funding.

In my role as Chair of the All-Party Group on Migration in the last Parliament, I'm meeting Humza Yousaf MSP, the Minister for Europe and International Development in the Scottish Government. I also hope to get along to an event at the British Library, where the great local community enterprise ZEST are up for an award for their work on employment support.

Back in Sheffield from Friday, I'll be seeing constituents on concerns including elderly care, international students and the refugee crisis in Myanmar.  I've also meetings with the Chief Executive of Sheffield Citizen's Advice, and with the Officers of Sheffield Hallam University Students' Union.


Press release - Paul Blomfield MP pledges support to carers in Sheffield for Carers Week

Wednesday 10th June - Paul Blomfield MP, who is patron of Sheffield Carers Centre, today pledged his support to carers across Sheffield as part of the national Carers Week 2015 awareness campaign, which runs from 8-14th June. 

There are 6.5 million people in the UK who care for a partner, relative or friend, of which 8 177 carers are in the Sheffield Central Constituency. 

Without the right help and support, caring can have a devastating impact – carers can quickly become isolated, with their physical and emotional health, work and finances all hit hard.

The six charities driving Carers Week 2015 are calling on individuals, organisations and services throughout the country to take action to improve the lives of carers by building ‘carer-friendly communities' that consider and support their needs. 

The call comes after research for Carers Week revealed that the variation in the support and recognition carers experience from services across the country is putting the health of many carers, and their ability to support the people they care for, at risk.

After making the pledge, Paul Blomfield MP said:

“Carers make a hugely valuable contribution to society and they need support to carry on the work they do. That is why I am supporting this initiative to encourage services in my community to think about the needs of carers and reach out to carers across Sheffield and help ensure they don't miss out on support – from GP practices offering flexible appointments to employers facilitating workers juggling jobs and caring.”


Support for carers, EU membership and Broomhill Festival – some of my week ahead

Monday 8th June 2015 - The Parliamentary week is always a bit unpredictable. Last Thursday I intended to speak in the Queens Speech debate on the economy, but it was so oversubscribed that I pulled out in favour new members wanting to make their ‘maiden speeches'. But I was pleased to be in the Chamber to hear a brilliant contribution from Ed Miliband on the challenge of inequality (read it here).

This is Carers Week and as a patron of Sheffield Carers Centre, I'll be at an event in Parliament to celebrate the contribution of carers. A lot of my week ahead is taken up by my role as Parliamentary Private Secretary to our Shadow Foreign Secretary, as the Government is pressing ahead quickly on the EU Referendum Bill and, in addition, on Tuesday we've got Foreign Office Questions. I've also meetings with Citizens UK, Million Plus and British Future. I'll also be attending hustings for Labour's Leader and Deputy Leader – you can see my views on the issues we face here.

Back in Sheffield, Friday is taken up with interviews for a new caseworker to join my team. Then on Saturday, I've one of my regular open advice surgeries for constituents. After that it's back to the issue of my week in Westminster as I'll be speaking and taking questions at the Broomhill Festival on the EU Referendum – do come along and join the discussion (see here).


The Queen’s Speech and lots of meetings in Sheffield – my week this week

Tuesday 2nd June - After the pomp and ceremony of last week’s State Opening of Parliament, we’re now starting to consider the Government plans laid out in the Queen’s Speech, which is the subject of scrutiny this week. I was in the Chamber for the opening of the debate on Britain in the World, in as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Hilary Benn in his new role as Shadow Foreign Secretary, and I’ll be speaking in Thursday’s debate on the economy.

I’ve various meetings with colleagues from across parties to get the All-Party Group on Migration and the All-Party Group on Students, which I chaired in the last Parliament, up and running in this one. I’ll be at an event organised by the Trade Union Group of MPs, of which I’m a member, and I’m catching up with some of the candidates for Labour’s leadership – you can read my blog on the challenges we face here

Back home in Sheffield on Friday, I’m visiting Nether Edge Primary School and have meetings with the Chief Executive of South Yorkshire Housing Association, the Director of the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute, the Chief Executive of Museums Sheffield, and the Managing Director of John Lewis. I’ll also be speaking at an awareness event on the situation in South Yemen organised by the Yemeni Community Association.  


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