Following the publication of the initial proposals from the Boundary Commission on redrawing the map of Parliamentary constituency, Sharon has reacted to the initial proposals:
“The constituency changes, set out in the Boundary Commission’s initial proposals, are unfair, undemocratic and unacceptable. The data used to create the new constituencies is grossly out-of-date, missing off almost 2 million people who fell through the gaps from the Government’s botched job of introducing individual voter registration as well as all of those from the registration drive ahead of the EU Referendum.
“The omission of this crucial data has distorted the whole review and we now see a constitutional process based upon unfairness. The new constituencies that have been created don’t provide people with improved representation, this is seen specifically in Washington and Sunderland, where there are clear issues for future representation.
“It is extremely disappointing to see that Sunderland will now be split between five constituencies and Washington will be split amongst three, after it was rightly unified into one constituency at the last boundary review. It is also concerning to see that one of Sunderland’s biggest employers, Nissan, will not be in a Sunderland constituency. There has always been a strong parliamentary connection between Sunderland and Nissan, a connection set to be undermined by this boundary change.
“Sunderland and Washington both have strong identities within our region and this should be reflected within their representation in Parliament, that is why it is deeply saddening to see it diminished within these initial proposals. I will work alongside my Labour colleagues in Parliament to oppose these plans and make sure that the Tories pause and look again at this process and ensure that our electors and democracy are not undermined.”
For more information about the boundary commission's report and the subsequent consultation, follow this link.
Following the publication of the initial proposals from the Boundary Commission on redrawing the map of Parliamentary constituency, Sharon has reacted to the initial proposals: “The constituency changes, set out...
Public Information - Sharon Hodgson MP would like to highlight the following consultation to constituents.
"Your force, your priorities" - Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird QC launches public consultation on policing and crime
PCC Vera Baird QC, is launching a force-wide consultation exercise as she looks to refresh her police and crime plan and set out the priorities for Northumbria Police to deliver on over the next four years.
Commissioner Baird was re-elected in May 2016 with one of the largest majorities and was one of only four PCCs to be elected on the first round.
When first elected as PCC for Northumbria, the commissioner invited residents to complete online surveys and spoke to people at metro stations, supermarkets and out on the streets to understand the priorities of local people around policing and crime.
This information was then used to set out the five priorities of the commissioner's first Police and Crime Plan which were: putting victims first; dealing with anti-social behaviour; tackling domestic and sexual abuse; reducing crime and; building community confidence.
For each of these priorities the Commissioner identified a number of actions which have resulted in improved services for local people.
Highlights include: 91% of victims are satisfied with the service provided by Northumbria Police – the highest level in England and Wales; 10,000 fewer anti-social behaviour incidents in Northumbria from April 2015 to March 2016; domestic violence patrols continue on weekend evenings with domestic abuse experts and police officers working together to support victims.
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC, said: "I'm pleased with the progress we've made over the last few years but there is still more to be done. Following my re-election, I want to refresh the Police and Crime Plan and ensure it continues to reflect the policing needs of local people.
"My role has also been extended to provide support for victims of crime and to ensure an efficient criminal justice system. I very much welcome people's views and I look forward to hearing them in the coming weeks so we can bring about positive change together."
Over the next few weeks, the commissioner will be holding public meetings throughout the force area, which details available on her website.
Newcastle - Wednesday 5th October 2016 at Newcastle Civic Centre at 6pm. Chaired by Council Leader, Cllr Nick Forbes.
South Tyneside - Thursday 3rd November 2016, at Jarrow Town Hall at 6pm. Chaired by Council Leader, Cllr Iain Malcolm.
Gateshead - Wednesday 26th October, at Gateshead Civic Centre at 6pm. Chaired by Council Leader, Cllr Martin Gannon.
North Tyneside - Monday 24th October, at North Tyneside Council Quadrant, Silverlink North, 6pm. Chaired by the Elected Mayor, Norma Redfearn.
Sunderland - Tuesday 25th October at Sunderland Civic Centre at 6pm. Chaired by Council Leader, Paul Watson.
Northumberland - To be confirmed soon.
Those unable to attend are invited to complete an online survey - www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/giveyourviews or contact the office directly via email@example.com
Please note, Sharon Hodgson's office is not responsible for this consultation. Please contact the Vera Baird's office on 0191 221 9800 for further details. Thank you.
Public Information - Sharon Hodgson MP would like to highlight the following consultation to constituents."Your force, your priorities" - Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird QC launches public consultation...
At Culture, Media and Sport Questions on 8th September, Sharon raised the issue of arts funding disparity for the North East compared to places like London and secured a commitment for the new Culture Minister, Matt Hancock MP, to visit Sunderland ahead of the City’s bid for City of Culture 2021.
Sharon speaking at Culture, Media and Sport Questions on 8th September 2016
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Analysis of National Lottery funding found that Arts Council England has distributed almost £3.5 billion of Lottery cash across England since 1995, of which London has received £1.34billion (approximately 39.1%) which is equivalent to £165 per head in London compared with £46.77 per head in the rest of England.
This also links with the disproportionate private sector funding into the arts in London, which received 82% of private sector funding for the arts.
Sadly, none of this was addressed in the most recent Budget where London arts and cultural organisations received more money in the Budget (around £54 million) than those outside of London, which in total received (£42.5million).
Following her Culture, Media and Sport Question, Sharon, said:
“It is clear that the North South divide has seeped down into funding for the arts and culture, despite there being many important cultural venues outside of London, especially in the North East, including here in the Sunderland, such as the National Glass Centre in Sunderland and the community-based Washington Arts Centre in my own constituency.
“More must be done to reverse these trends in order that culture in our region is not negatively impacted by lack of funding support. One way to do this is for Sunderland to successfully win the bid for City of Culture 2021 to showcase what we have to offer to the rest of the country and also the world.
“I will be taking up the new Culture Minister on his offer to come visit Sunderland ahead of our bid for City of Culture 2021 and will be writing to him to secure a date in his diary so he can see first-hand exactly what is offer on Wearside.”
At Culture, Media and Sport Questions on 8th September, Sharon raised the issue of arts funding disparity for the North East compared to places like London and secured a commitment for...