Paul Blomfield - Sheffield Central

Starting my week by launching a new campaign to save local GP funding

Monday 26th January - Before heading to Westminster today, Iím launching a campaign to save vital funding for Devonshire Green and Hanover Medical Centres. The money which is being withdrawn (called the Minimum Practice Income Guarantee) is to support General Practices which have higher costs through serving particularly needy and vulnerable patients. Itís an issue on which Iíve challenged Ministers and met with NHS England, and last week in the Commons Labourís Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham responded to my concerns by pledging to review the decision and protect threatened practices. You can support the campaign by signing the online petition calling on the Government to rethink their funding cut.

Once in Westminster, Iím chairing a roundtable on improving careers information and guidance to young people in my role as Chair of the All-Party Group on Students. Iíve also meetings with the University of Hertfordshire, the Open University, and Which? Later on Iím meeting Ivan Lewis MP, whoís leading Labourís consultation to prepare our Ďyouth manifestoí, to share the issues raised with me by young people in Sheffield.

On Tuesday Iíve a breakfast seminar organised by the Higher Education Policy Institute on HE issues for the General Election, a meeting with the Russell Group on access to universities, and the launch of a report on access to communication support for people with Motor Neurone Disease, following an inquiry that Iíve been involved in as Vice-Chair of the All-Party Group on MND. Iíll then be chairing a roundtable discussion attitudes to immigration, in my role as Chair of the All-Party Group on Migration.

Iím away from Westminster on Wednesday morning, visiting the Harmondsworth and Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centres as part of an inquiry into immigration detention of which Iím a member, and later in the day weíre meeting to discuss our draft report. Also this week Iíll be attending the British Beer Awards and hoping they'll be a Sheffield winner, and I;ll also attend a meeting on individual electoral registration and boundary changes Ė an issue Iíve spoken on many times in Parliament.

Iíll be back in Sheffield on Thursday, meeting constituents in Wybourn and participating in a Question Time at Sheffield Hallam University, with representatives of other parties. On Friday, Iím meeting representatives of the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) at Sheffield College and catching up with City Council leaders to talk about the financial challenges facing the city as the result of the disproportionate cuts imposed by the Government.

On Saturday Iíll be out meeting constituents in Netherthorpe and Nether Edge and then speaking with the Bishop of Sheffield at a ĎClimate Ambassadorsí training day, before heading to Bramall Lane to see if we can pick up three points against Swindon. Finally on Sunday, Iím heading up to Dewsbury to campaign with health worker Paula Sherriff, Labourís Parliamentary candidate in the General Election.


Signing the Book of Commitment to pledge my support for Holocaust Memorial Day

Tuesday 27th January is Holocaust Memorial Day which this year will mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history. I have signed the Holocaust Educational Trustís Book of Commitment in Parliament to pledge my commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day, to honour those who were murdered during the Holocaust and to pay tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people.

I visited the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau a few years ago. Itís a powerful symbol of the risks of allowing prejudice and intolerance to go unchallenged. In honouring the victims and survivors of the Holocaust we should all commit to standing up against those who promote division and hatred today. Read more here.


Over £3000 raised to to stop the spread of Ebola in West Africa - thank you

A big thank you from me and Linda McAvan MEP to everyone who supported our fundraising appeal for Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders). We set ourselves a target of £1000 but have raised three times to reach the huge amount of £3,106. This fantastic sum is a true show of Sheffield solidarity with communities in West Africa that are being devastated by Ebola. MSF staff are working tirelessly to stop the spread of Ebola in West Africa and this money will support their heroic efforts. Read more about our fundraising appeal here.


Would you like to visit Parliament?

My next constituency visit to Parliament is on Monday 9th March - would you like to come? Full details about the day are here. To reserve a place please complete the form on the flyer and send it back to me, or contact my office.


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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