Paul Blomfield - Sheffield Central

Gaza - my letter to the Foreign Secretary

Wednesday 23rd July - I have received hundreds of emails from constituents expressing their deep concern about Israel’s actions in Gaza, which I share.

I’ve written to the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond raising these concerns with him directly and urging him to take a stronger stance on Israel’s actions and prevent more bloodshed. 

Ed Miliband has made Labour's position on Gaza very clear. In an interview with the Huffington Post Ed said 'We oppose the Israeli incursion into Gaza'. You can read the interview here


New Select Committee report confirms student funding system is broken

Tuesday 22nd July - Today's new report from the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee confirms that the student funding system is broken, and is in need of an urgent review. Within two years of the first students paying £9000 fees we’re heading towards debt cancellation levels of 48.6% – the tipping point where the system becomes more expensive than the one it replaced.  The next Government is going to have to fundamentally overhaul the system to fix this mess and put in place the lasting settlement that universities, students and graduates badly need.

You can read my comments about the report in full here.


Manor and Castle Development Trust celebrate Bevan health prize success!

Thursday 17th July - Earlier this week I was really pleased to welcome a team from Manor and Castle Development Trust (MCDT) to Parliament. They were in London to attend the national awards ceremony of the 2014 Bevan Prize for Health and Wellbeing which is given in memory of Aneurin Bevan, founder of the NHS. At the awards ceremony MCDT was awarded one of five prizes given to organisations judged to have made an "outstanding contribution to health and well-being through the promotion and preservation of the founding values of the NHS".

I’m absolutely delighted that Manor and Castle Development Trust were awarded a Bevan Prize. They’re an inspirational organisation doing outstanding work to help people get healthier, and to reduce illness and isolation. Lots of people in Sheffield have known about MCDT’s fantastic work for a long time, but it’s great to now see it now being recognised nationally.

After the awards I've sent out a press release to the local media to celebrate and share this great news. The press release, which you can read here, contains more information about the fantastic work that MCDT are doing to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Manor and Wybourn. 

Well done Manor and Castle Development Trust!


Incompetent and rushed Royal Mail privatization short-changed the public

Friday 11th July - In Parliament I'm a member of the Business Select Committee and we've recently been examining the Government's privatization of Royal Mail.

Our report, published today, says that taxpayers badly lost out on the privatization. Ministers underpriced the shares and short-changed the public to the tune of a billion pounds.

You can read my full press release on the Royal Mail report here.


Challenging the Government’s cuts to the Disabled Students’ Allowance budget

Tuesday 8th July - Last week in Parliament I challenged the Government’s cuts to the Disabled Students’ Allowance budget. DSA provides support to disabled students to enable them to access higher education and help them study. 53,000 students currently receive DSA and the Government plans to slash the budget by 70%. Speaking in a debate on the cuts I called on the Government to think again and highlighted the case of Kat Chapman, a Sheffield student who has benefited from DSA. Read more here.


Launching the APPG for Students

Monday 7th July - Sheffield Central is home to both of Sheffield's universities and more students live in our constituency (36,000 according to the last census) than any other in the country. I've always worked to represent their concerns and later today I'm launching a new All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for students to give them a stronger voice in Parliament on issues that affect them. You can read more about the launch here. 


The Government is failing to tackle 'sickness' of low pay in our economy

Thursday 12th June –Yesterday in Parliament in a debate on the Queen's Speech I spoke about how the Government is failing to tackle the ‘sickness’ of low pay in the economy. You can watch my speech on iPlayer here (it starts at 4:51).

We have a low wage economy, growing income inequality and an increasing number of working people who can’t make ends meet. I called on Ministers to introduce a raft of urgent measures to tackle low pay. Read my list of suggestions to tackle low pay here or and read my speech in full here.


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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22/07/14 08:37

Press release - New Select Committee report confirms student funding system is broken

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21/07/14 10:41

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Press release - Manor and Castle Development Trust celebrate Bevan health prize success

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