Sharon Hodgson MP

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Celebrating the 955 potential lifesavers in Washington & Sunderland West this Blood Cancer Awareness Month

To mark Blood Cancer Awareness Month this September, Sharon Hodgson MP attended a reception in Westminster, to celebrate the number of potential stem cell donors in Washington & Sunderland West on the Anthony Nolan register.

This achievement was celebrated by Anthony Nolan on Wednesday 12 September, as part of its Communities vs Blood Cancer campaign, which shines a spotlight on the vital work being done at a local level to ensure every patient in need of a stem cell transplant can find a lifesaving donor.

In Washington & Sunderland West, 955 potential stem cell donors are registered with Anthony Nolan. 34% of these donors are male, and the average age is 38.

In total, more than 700,000 people in the UK are on the Anthony Nolan register, any of whom could be a match for someone with blood cancer and asked to donate their stem cells to give a patient a second chance of life.

Now, Sharon is encouraging more people from Washington & Sunderland West, particularly men aged 16-30 and people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, to register as stem cell donors and make sure that a match is available for everyone in need of a transplant. While anyone on the register could be a match for someone with blood cancer, men aged 16-30 are most likely to be asked to donate. They provide more than 50% of donations yet make up just 16% of the register. There is also a shortage of donors from non-white and mixed-race backgrounds.

Sharon said: “I am very proud that Washington & Sunderland West has 955 people who have selflessly volunteered to give someone a second chance at life. Donating stem cells is straightforward but it could make an enormous difference to someone with no other chance of a cure.

“I strongly hope that more people from our community will be inspired to sign up and show that together, we can provide a cure for blood cancer.”

Henny Braund, Chief Executive of Anthony Nolan, said: “Since 1974 thousands of caring, selfless people have joined the Anthony Nolan register and thousands of lives have been saved as a result.

This Blood Cancer Awareness Month residents can be proud of all the lifesavers in your community. It’s wonderful to have the support of Washington & Sunderland West in achieving our goal of saving and improving the lives of people with blood cancer and blood disorders.”

For more information about the Community vs Blood Cancer campaign visit www.anthonynolan.org/communities

Anthony Nolan uses its register to match potential stem cell donors to blood cancer patients in desperate need of a stem cell transplant. It also carries out vital research to make stem cell transplants more successful, and supports patients through their transplant journeys.

Sharon Hodgson MP Celebrates Community's Efforts to Cure Blood Cancer

Celebrating the 955 potential lifesavers in Washington & Sunderland West this Blood Cancer Awareness Month To mark Blood Cancer Awareness Month this September, Sharon Hodgson MP attended a reception in...

Read Sharon's latest Sunderland Echo column below or by going to the Sunderland Echo.

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At time of going to print, there are just 197 days until the United Kingdom (UK) leaves the European Union (EU).

Considering that there are still many important and outstanding issues to address as part of the negotiations, you would expect the Government to be diligently focusing on getting the best Brexit deal possible.

Unfortunately, this could not be further from the truth.

Parliament returned from its summer recess last week, and since then the headlines have been dominated by sordid details of Boris Johnson’s private life, and talk of his impending leadership bid.

This country deserves better than to be led into one of the most historic periods of our history by a Government that spends more time talking to itself than it does with our negotiating partners in the EU.

According to the former Brexit Minister Steve Baker, MP, there are now a significant number of Conservative MPs who are actively working to try and derail the Prime Minister’s Chequers plan and have signalled that they won’t vote for it in the House of Commons.

I know that people did not vote to leave the EU only for that decision to be manipulated into an internal battle within the Conservative Party.

Taking this into account, I believe we should be prepared for the very real possibility that the Prime Minister may fail to deliver the Brexit deal that our country needs.

Our withdrawal from the EU is one of the most complex issues our country has faced in generations, and I know that there are strong views on how best to approach it.

That’s why I want to hear from constituents about what they think should happen in this eventuality and other potential scenarios, and more generally their thoughts on how Brexit has played out thus far.

More than 500 people have already taken part in the survey that I launched last month, and I want as many of my constituents to do so as possible. It will be running throughout the rest of the month and into October and can be completed in either of the below ways:

Please note that this survey is intended for residents of my constituency only – you can find out if that applies to you by inputting your post code into this website: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/

Sunderland Echo website

ECHO COLUMN: A real possibility PM may fail to deliver Brexit deal country needs

Read Sharon's latest Sunderland Echo column below or by going to the Sunderland Echo. At time of going to print, there are just 197 days until the United Kingdom (UK)...

Sharon Hodgson MP's report Jul-Aug-Sep 2018 number 107

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Sharon Hodgson MP's report Jul-Aug-Sep 2018 number 107

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Sharon has received a response to her 31st July letter from David Gallagher, Chief Officer of NHS Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group.

This letter was received after Sharon had sent a further letter to the CCG formally registering her opposition to the CCG's proposals.

 

Sharon receives response from Sunderland CCG following July 31st letter

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Sharon has received the above response from the Planning Casework Unit regarding the Rolton Kilbride planning application. The call in request has moved to the next stage. 

You can read Sharon's original call in request letter here

Sharon receives response from Planning Casework Unit regarding Rolton Kilbride planning application

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Sharon has written to David Gallagher, Chief Officer of Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), to formally register her opposition to the consultation "Making urgent care work better in Sunderland".

Constituents have until Sunday 2nd September to share their views with the CCG, and can do so on the CCG website here.

 

Sharon received a response to her 31st July letter after this letter was sent. You can read the CCG's response here.

 

Sharon's 31st July letter to David Gallagher can be found here

Jonathan Ashworth, Shadow Secretary of State for Health joined the campaign

Sharon joined the campaign launch at Bunny Hill

Sharon formally registers her opposition to changes to Urgent Care in Sunderland

                      Click on the above image to download the letter Sharon has written to David Gallagher, Chief Officer of Sunderland...

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Sharon has written to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, requesting a call-in of the Rolton Kilbride planning application.

Sharon writes to Secretary of State requesting Call-in of Rolton Kilbride planning application

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Sharon Hodgson, Member of Parliament for Washington and Sunderland West and Shadow Minister for Public Health, is looking for the ideal candidate(s) to join her hard-working, fast-paced and committed team in Parliament to assist in her Parliamentary work.

This opening is either one part-time (25 hours per week) OR a job share for two part-time candidates (15 hours per week). Applicants should make it clear which option they would prefer in their covering letter. Hours subject to agreement, however it would be preferable if a candidate could work Wednesdays.

This would be an ideal opportunity for a student, or someone looking for part-time work, who is interested in politics and looking to work for a frontbench spokesperson who is an active Member of Parliament.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
• Drafting political responses to constituent correspondence and keeping records on the caseworker.mp software;
• Regularly updating social media pages;
• Editing draft press releases from outside organisations;
• Dealing with and monitoring incoming telephone and visitor enquiries, responding to emails and letters, efficient data and file management;
• Opening and dispatching mail where necessary;
• Undertaking photocopying, scanning and formatting of documents;
• Ensuring office records are kept and an efficient filing system is in place and up to date;
• Adhering to the Data Protection Act principles and GDPR, and respecting the confidentiality of data at all times;
• Liaising on behalf of Sharon with relevant groups/personnel within Westminster and within the Constituency, including liaison with outside organisations and the general public;
• Assisting other members of staff where necessary;
• Performing other duties as and when required.

Experience of social media communications and campaigns would be an advantage. Full training will be given on the caseworker.mp software and work in a Westminster office.

Initial contract will be for 10 months, pending a successful probationary period of 4 months 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).

The deadline for applications is 6pm on Thursday 30th August. Interviews will take place on Thursday 6th September. We may hold second interviews on Tuesday 11th September. If you anticipate a problem with interview dates, please make this clear when you apply.

Candidates will be notified by email on Monday 3rd September if they have been offered an interview with further instructions.

Please send 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 Jessica.faulkner@parliament.uk putting SHPT18 as the subject line.

Sharon recruiting for a Part-time Junior Parliamentary Assistant

Sharon Hodgson, Member of Parliament for Washington and Sunderland West and Shadow Minister for Public Health, is looking for the ideal candidate(s) to join her hard-working, fast-paced and committed team...

Sharon Hodgson, Member of Parliament for Washington & Sunderland West and Shadow Minister for Public Health, has today launched a survey for local constituents on Brexit.

This is the second consultation that Sharon has undertaken since the European Union (EU) Referendum of 2016. The questions focus on a number of key issues, including potential future scenarios, reasons for voting behaviour in the initial referendum, and overall opinions on the Brexit process.

Sharon Hodgson MP said:

‘Despite it being over two years since the referendum, the Government appears to remain bitterly divided when it comes to the nature of Brexit, and the uncertainty is already having a negative impact on people’s lives, and businesses in my constituency.

As many people will know, I campaigned and voted to remain in the EU. However, I recognise that a majority of people voted to leave, and ultimately I respect the result of the referendum. I therefore want to hear from as many people as possible in order to ensure that I am representing my constituents in the best way possible.

We are approaching a key moment in this process, and there will be some difficult choices to make about the future of our relationship with the EU. However people voted in the initial referendum, I know that they did not vote to be worse off than they were before.

The Government has a responsibility to deliver a deal that works for everyone, and if they are unable to do so, I want to hear what my constituents think should happen next.’

Those living within Sharon’s constituency of Washington & Sunderland West will be able to fill out the survey in the following ways:

Online: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BrexitSurvey2018

Via Post: Please contact Sharon’s office to request a paper version of the consultation by using the details below:

Telephone: 0191 417 2000
Email: sharon.hodgson.mp@parliament.uk

Residents are invited to let Sharon’s office know if they have any accessibility requirements, or require the consultation in a different format.

If readers are unsure whether Sharon Hodgson is their Member of Parliament, they can check using this website:

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/

 

Sharon Hodgson MP launches Brexit survey for constituents of Washington & Sunderland West

Sharon Hodgson, Member of Parliament for Washington & Sunderland West and Shadow Minister for Public Health, has today launched a survey for local constituents on Brexit. This is the second...

Sharon has received a response to her letter on 27th July.

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If any constituents have any queries about this response, please do email Sharon and we will forward your concerns on to Rolton Kilbride and the Local Planning Authority at the Council for you.

 

Click here to see Sharon's 27th July letter 

Sharon receives response from Rolton Kilbride to her letter on 27th July

Sharon has received a response to her letter on 27th July. Click on image to view the letter (please note this will open in a new tab) If any constituents have any...

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