Paul Blomfield - Sheffield Central

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.

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Start The Week: A busy week in Parliament before The Big Conversation launches on Friday

Monday 8th September - It's only Monday and I'm already looking forward to Friday, because that's when I'm launching The Big Conversation with constituents. As well as all the other ways I try to keep in touch, I launched this annual consultation event in 2012 and it's gone from strength to strength. This year we've got 64 different events (find out about them here) over three weeks and I'd like to give a big thank you to all the groups and individuals who've helped by hosting and organising activities. Previous consultations have really helped me to set my priorities, so do help me promote it - tell your friends, tweet about it, share details on Facebook, and come along to let me have your views. 

But before then, I've a full week at Westminster with a strong business theme. I'll be at an event on 'Driving Economic Growth', organised by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and Centre for Cities today and on Thursday I'll be meeting with the FSB to talk about their views on the Small Business Bill. Later today I'll be at an event on employee-owned businesses, organised by the John Lewis Partnership and tomorrow we'll be continuing our Inquiry on Business-University Collaboration at the Business Innovation and Skills Committee

I'll be in the Commons for the start of business today, in my role as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Hilary Benn, where we'll be putting Eric Pickles on the spot at Communities and Local Government Questions. Later, I've a meeting with colleagues from Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX), of which I'm a trustee, on the Modern Slavery Bill. As well as the BIS Select Committee on Tuesday, I'll be hosting an Open University event to promote a new online course in managing personal finance, meeting the Chair of the Electoral Commission and seeing constituents who are in Parliament for a lobby on Gaza. 

On Wednesday I'll be wearing something pink, in support of the Breast Cancer Campaign's awareness day, and I'll be joining them for a photo call. We've a catch-up meeting of Sheffield's Labour MPs and then I'm welcoming the new student officers from the the University of Sheffield Students' Union to Westminster and then hope to join the debate on the international situation in the Commons that afternoon. On Thursday I'll be joining Nicky Morgan MP at a meeting with Network Rail, to discuss improvements to the Midland Mainline on which we've been working together. Then, before heading back to Sheffield, I'll be speaking in a debate on Kashmir. 

So that brings me back to Friday and the launch of my Big Conversation which starts with a visit to meet mothers at the Kings Kids Toddlers Group in Nether Edge, before moving on to see constituents over a coffee in Vittles in Broomhill. I'll also be opening an exhibition of the work of Sheffield artist Gordon Snee at Green Lane Works. On Saturday, I've one of my regular open access advice surgeries, following which I'll be out knocking on doors and meeting constituents, before heading off to Bramall Lane to watch the game against Rochdale. Then I'm rounding off the week on Sunday by joining the Madina Mosque Open day, which is a great opportunity for others to find out about the Muslim faith. 

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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".

Iím absolutely delighted that Manor and Castle Development Trust were awarded a Bevan Prize. Theyíre 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 MCDTís fantastic work for a long time, but itís 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!

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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