PHOTO: Where are they all? Why Sheffield MP gave schools speech to almost empty Parliament

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When Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield delivered his speech to Parliament, it looked as though it fell on deaf ears.

With fewer than 20 MPs present, the Commons looked sparse, to say the least.

Onlookers may have been concerned that Yorkshire education was not being taken seriously by other MPs.

But a spokesman for Mr Blomfield has confirmed that this is not the case.

He said that as his speech concerned Yorkshire and the Humber, MPs with no connection to the area had no requirement to be present.

Also, as the speech was given at 9pm, many MPs would be tied up on other matters.

The spokesman confirmed that any address to Parliament is taken on record, sent through the necessary channels and acted upon – regardless of how many MPs were present.