Paul Blomfield - Sheffield Central

Motor Neurone Disease, TTIP and improvements to the Midland Main Line Ė among the issues in my week ahead

Monday 24th November - Among the All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPG) in which Iím active is the APPG on Motor Neurone Disease, of which Iím the Vice-Chair. Itís something Iím involved in partly because of the world-leading research of SITraN in Sheffield, but as a group weíre focused on immediate issues facing people with this awful disease. Today and Wednesday weíve evidence sessions for an Inquiry weíve launched into communication support for people with MND. Later today Iíll be at the launch of the Higher Education Commission report 'Too Good To Fail: The Financial Sustainability of Higher Education in England', on an issue which Iíve raised regularly in Parliament as a representative for both of Sheffieldí universities. 

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) was raised by a lot of constituents during my Big Conversation, and many more have written to me on the subject (you can read my response to constituents about it here) I suggested to colleagues on the Business Innovation and Skills Select Committee that we consider the concerns and weíve an evidence session on Tuesday. Weíre meeting again on Wednesday for an Inquiry into ĎCompetition in the Postal Services sector and the Universal Service obligationí, an issue raised with me locally by the Communication Workersí Union.

Later that day, Iíll be meeting Network Rail, along with Education Secretary (and MP for Loughborough) Nicky Morgan, with whom Iíve pressed for improvements in the Midland Main Line to improve journey times. Iíll also be joining Womenís Aid at an event to celebrate their 40th anniversary, before going on to a Universities APPG meeting on research funding, and then finishing the day at a Political Studies Association event. On Wednesday, Iím speaking at a parliamentary lobby on migrant rights, making the case for a fair and effective immigration system, meeting with the Centre for Social Justice on payday lending and catching up with Citizensí Advice to discuss the problems people are contacting advice centres about.

On Thursday, Iím opening a Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion conference on ĎGood Lending to Lower Income Householdsí, looking at the role of credit unions and alternatives to payday lenders, before heading back to Sheffield. Once back, Iím out knocking on doors to meet constituents in Manor, meeting community leaders about proposed ward boundary changes affecting Highfield and Lowfield, and speaking at a Q&A for students at the University of Sheffield

On Friday Iíve meetings with constituents and local Councillors, as well as one of my regular Ďopen advice surgeriesí, before going on to the monthly meeting of Sheffield Central Labour Party, where weíre welcoming speakers from the TUC and USDAW to discuss low pay. On Saturday, Iím knocking on doors again, this time to meet constituents in Walkley.


My concerns about the Devonshire Street demolition plans

Tuesday 14th October - Like lots of people I'm concerned by the plans to demolish a number of popular independent shops on Devonshire Street, including Rare and Racy. You can read my comments in full here

I'd be keen to hear your views on the issue. Let me know what you think by emailing me or posting on my Facebook page


The Big Conversation 12 September - 6 October

Make your voice heard - tell me what you think

Your views, ideas and priorities shape my work as your MP. They help me do my job and represent you in Parliament. Thatís why I make real efforts to stay in touch all year round. 

Between 12 September and 6 October I've organised over 50 Big Conversation meetings, events and activities across Sheffield Central so I can listen to you and find out what you think. Itís also so you can hear about my work and my priorities.

I hope you can come and join me at one of the meetings and events. 

Click here for the full Big Conversation programme of meetings and events


As part of The Big Conversation Iíve put together a short online survey to find out what you think Ė it will only take a couple of minutes.

Complete the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/the-big-conversation


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I'm honoured to receive the Parliamentarian of the Year award from Citizens Advice

Thursday June 5th - At an event in Westminster yesterday I was honoured to receive the Parliamentarian of the Year 2014 award from the national charity Citizens Advice for my work campaigning for payday lending regulation.

It's a huge honour to receive this award from Citizens Advice. It's a tribute to everyone who has campaigned to stop the payday loan rip-off and forced the Government to act. Ministers could not ignore the sustained pressure from debt and consumer charities, churches, trade unions, MPs, Councils, and the thousands of people who signed our petition saying that the irresponsible behaviour and practices of payday lenders have to stop.

You can read my full press release and comments here.


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