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Sharon Hodgson speech to welcome Lords amendment to the Consumer Rights Bill on secondary ticketing - 09.03.2015

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Today in the House of Commons Sharon Hodgson welcomed the Lords amendment to the Consumer Rights Bill, that will boost greater transparency in the secondary ticketing market, and will help make sure genuine fans are not ripped off and stopped from seeing the sports, shows or bands that they love.

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Sharon is the Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ticket Abuse and has led the fight in Parliament to make changes to the law in order to put fans first.

The amendment, put forward in the House of Lords last month by the former Sports Minister Lord Moynihan, will mean that when tickets are re-sold the actual seat number must be divulged, as well as any restrictions on the ticket and its original face value.  Alongside this, it will be the duty of secondary platforms to report criminal activity, and a review is to be set up to look into this issue in greater detail, with a report published to Parliament after 12 months.

Speaking after the debate Sharon said:

"This is an issue I have campaigned on for a very long time now, and today we finally saw the amendment accepted in the House of Commons.  It may have taken longer than I had hoped, but the Government finally backed down from its total opposition and accepted these new measures that will do so much to clean up the secondary ticket market, and today certainly marks a real success in this fight."

"Now that this has been accepted the crucial next step is to conduct the review, which will hopefully highlight even more ways to protect fans and make the culture of exploitation a thing of the past."

"The review needs to have strong leadership in order to tackle the scope of the problems, but as long as whoever leads it has the best interests of fans as their key consideration then I am confident it will bring about even more ways to improve the secondary ticketing market in order that it works in the interests of fans, not touts."

Read Sharon Hodgson's speech here in Hansard >

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 Link to Hansard of Sharon Hodgson's private members bill

Sale of Tickets (Sporting and Cultural Events) Bill - Second Reading

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Sharon Hodgson welcomes Lords amendment to the Consumer Rights Bill - 09.03.2015

Today in the House of Commons Sharon Hodgson welcomed the Lords amendment to the Consumer Rights Bill, that will boost greater transparency in the secondary ticketing market, and will help...

Sharon Hodgson MP hands in Metro Petition to Parliament.


Sharon Hodgson hands in Metro extension petition to Parliament

Today Sharon Hodgson MP handed in a petition to Parliament to extend the Metro to Washington, and to also bring the Leamside railway line back into use.

This is the fourth time Sharon has submitted a petition to Parliament on this issue, and this version has collected the signatures of 1736 residents on her website.

Sharon said of the petition:

"Extending the Metro to Washington is something I have campaigned on for a long time now, as I believe it will bring such a fantastic boost to our local economy and the wider community.  So many people in our area share this belief and have signed my petitions over the years, and I would like to thank them all for their fantastic support and help."

"I am very pleased to have been able to bring this issue up in the House of Commons once again, to make sure all of the residents who signed the petition are heard nationally."

"Extending the Metro is the right thing to do, and I will continue to campaign on this as here in the North East we deserve good travel networks just as much as any other part of the country."

"I will continue to push this campaign until we are successful, and I hope my persistence shows the Department for Transport that we really want and need this extension to happen, and hopefully this will make them act, if not during this Government then hopefully the next."

Sharon’s presentation speech in the House of Commons:

I am pleased to be able to present this petition asking the House of Commons to urge the Government to examine the feasibility of extending the Tyne and Wear Metro to Washington and bringing the Leamside railway line back into use.  The petitioners and I believe that doing so would boost jobs and growth in Washington, and indeed in the wider region.  The petition is along the same lines as one I submitted in May 2014, and as of today this new petition on my website has been signed by a further 1,736 people.

The petition states:

The Petition of residents of the United Kingdom,

Declares that the Petitioners believe that the extension of the Tyne and Wear Metro to Washington is a vital, yet missing, part of the region’s transport system, and further that such an extension would make a significant contribution to the economic development of the town.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Secretary of State for Transport to seriously explore the feasibility of extending the Tyne and Wear Metro to the town of Washington, utilising the old Leamside railway line.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.

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Sharon Hodgson MP hands in Metro Petition to Parliament - 04.03.2015

Sharon Hodgson MP hands in Metro Petition to Parliament.


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