Sharon Hodgson MP

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Sharon Hodgson MP is looking to recruit an exceptional Parliamentary Assistant for her Westminster Office.

The successful candidate will join a hard-working team supporting the work of the Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities and MP for Washington and Sunderland West.

This would be an ideal opportunity for a candidate with at least a year’s experience as a Parliamentary Assistant in Westminster, and the salary offered will be around the mid-point of the IPSA scale to reflect this.

They will be responsible for taking a leading role with the successful running of a busy Parliamentary office, including but not limited to:

  • Analyse, evaluate and interpret data to ensure Sharon is accurately informed on key issues;
  • Proactive generation of media opportunities and stories, particularly through research and liaison with journalists;
  • Handling quote requests from national and local media, liaising with Labour Party staff and colleagues where appropriate;
  • Helping to develop policy within Sharon’s Shadow Ministerial portfolio, including maintaining relationships with key stakeholders and Labour Party staff;
  • Helping to develop and implement campaigns on local and national issues;
  • Diary Management;
  • Drafting speeches for a range of different audiences;
  • Assisting in the running of All-Party Parliamentary Groups;
  • Monitoring media coverage and briefing the Member on relevant issues in a timely manner;
  • Drafting and tabling Parliamentary materials including questions and amendments;
  • Drafting responses to policy-related constituency casework and assisting with general casework as required, and;
  • Supervising other staff members where appropriate.

Knowledge of Computing for Labour programmes as well as Microsoft Office would be an advantage, but training can be given.

Initial contract offer will be for one calendar year, pending a successful probationary period and further review towards the end of the contract.

Upon appointment you will be required to comply with the Baseline Personnel Security Standard, undertaken by the Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO). See for further info.

The deadline for applications is 11pm on Monday 15 December. Interviews will take place on Thursday the 18th (PM) or Friday 19th (AM) of December, with the successful candidate starting as early as possible in the New Year. If you anticipate a problem with either the interview or start dates, please make this clear when you apply.

Sharon would like candidates to draft a 5-600-word speech for the Ping-Pong Stage debate on the Consumer Rights Bill. Please send this with a short covering letter (maximum 1 side of A4) detailing why you are interested in the job and your CV (maximum 2 sides of A4) to, putting PAVAC as the subject line.

Sharon recruiting for Parliamentary Assistant 09.12.14

Sharon Hodgson MP is looking to recruit an exceptional Parliamentary Assistant for her Westminster Office.

Sharon Hodgson MP chooses the winner for her annual Christmas card competition.

Sharon Hodgson Christmas card competition winner 2014


10-year-old Ellie has scooped the top prize in Washington and Sunderland West MP Sharon Hodgson’s annual Christmas Card Competition.

The John F Kennedy Primary School pupil’s design, marking Washington New Town’s 50th Anniversary, emerged as the overall winner from dozens of competition entries from local primary school children during an awards ceremony earlier today at the Washington Arts Centre.

The panel of judges, which as well as Sharon comprised: Local Art Teacher and National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD) National President Susan Coles; Sunderland Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture Councillor John Kelly; Local Washington East Ward Councillor Fiona Miller; and Derek Burrell, General Store Manager and Maureen Wallwork Events Co-ordinator from ASDA at the Galleries; praised Ellie’s picture for its originality and being so topical in Commemorating Washington’s 50th Anniversary.

Ellie’s design will now be printed on the front of Mrs Hodgson’s Christmas card and sent to top politicians and public figures around the country, as well as local groups, organisations and community leaders.

The two other age-category winners are from Lambton Primary School in the Nursery and Reception category, and in the Year 1-3 category, who will have their designs featured on the inside of the Christmas card.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Mrs Hodgson, said: “Running this competition is one of the highlights of my year, because you can see from the effort and the imagination that goes into every card just how excited the children are about Christmas.

“That does mean that it’s always really difficult to pick a winner out of all the excellent entries, but it was the theme of Ellie’s design which really made it stand out, and I can’t wait to see it on the printed cards.

“Once again I’d like to thank all the teachers and school staff and of course the children who have made this competition possible, and to the many local businesses who have generously donated great prizes for all the winners and the children shortlisted.”


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Sharon chooses winner for her Christmas card competition 2014

Sharon Hodgson MP chooses the winner for her annual Christmas card competition.

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