Paul Blomfield has been Sheffield Central’s MP since 2010. He announced that he won’t be standing in the next general election in February.
This has led to an ongoing candidate election in the local Labour Party.
Following his decision, Paul Blomfield MP said: “It’s been an extraordinary privilege to represent the city that’s been home for most of my life since arriving here at the age of nine.
“I’m deeply grateful for the support I’ve had from constituents and for the opportunity to work with so many brilliant individuals and groups across the city.”
Mr Blomfield has a number of achievements to his name in the 12 years he has held Sheffield Central. In 2016, he was appointed as Labour’s Shadow Brexit Minister, and he was a member of the Shadow Cabinet until December 2020 when the UK officially left the EU.
More specifically, in Sheffield, some of his achievements include securing a £700,000 investment from the government into Sheffield Children’s Hospital and contributing to Sheffield becoming the UK’s first City of Sanctuary to welcome people fleeing persecution.
Mr Blomfield also set up and chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group for Students, he said: “Sheffield Central constituency has the largest number of students in the country by far. Student issues are high on my agenda.”
This led to him being awarded ‘Most inspiring leader in Higher Education’ in the Guardian’s University Awards.
In the upcoming candidate election, Mr Blomfield has backed Abitsam Mohamed, he said: “I have campaigned with Abitsam Mohamed on issues from childcare to investment in Sheffield.
“She has got the experience, values and energy to make a great MP for Sheffield Central and I am delighted to support her.”
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