MP speaks of his pride in campaign to end apartheid

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Sheffield’s role in the international campaign against apartheid was highlighted in the House of Commons.

Paul Blomfield, Labour MP for Sheffield Central, spoke of the city’s work against the South African system as he and fellow politicians paid tribute to former South African president Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday.

Mr Blomfield, reminding colleagues of how leaders set up Local Authorities Against Apartheid in 1987, said: “I’m proud Sheffield played its part. Hundreds were involved in the campaign. Thousands more took up the call. Refusing to buy South African goods. Changing their bank account. Challenging trade missions. Protesting outside our theatres and venues against performers who had broken the cultural boycott.”