Sharon Hodgson MP

Working hard for Washington and Sunderland West.

News Highlights

I know that many constituents will be concerned by Coronavirus (Covid-19). Below are some links that you may find helpful. Please do email me on sharon.hodgson.mp@parliament.uk if you have any questions or concerns.

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Last updated: 21/05/2020
Created: 12/03/2020

 



Advice at work:
 
 
 
 
 

 


Advice from Sunderland City Council:

  
  
  
  




Support from Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness:

Coronavirus Response Fund >

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How your business can help:

  
Any additional offers for support should be sent to: ventilator.support@beis.gov.uk. People will be directed towards a webform to fill in with the relevant information. You can also call 0300 456 3565.
 
A separate mailbox has been established to help facilitate any offers for help from business aside from ventilators. These offers can be in relation to property, logistics, food supply, other medical equipment, and so on. The more information which businesses/people can provide about their offer, the better. The email address for these additional business offers is gcfcovid19enquiries@cabinetoffice.gov.uk.

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Help advice from some of the main banks:

 
 
 
 



Help from Housing and Utilities:

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Generally

Please follow Public Health England's advice:

- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
- try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  
If you are concerned about your health, then please visit NHS 111 here >
   

Stay at home if you or anyone in your house has coronavirus symptoms

Stay at home for 14 days if you or anyone in your house has either:

- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough

- loss of or a change in your normal sense of smell and taste

Do NOT go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

How long to stay at home:

- if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
- if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms
- if you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.

If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

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Update on Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

I know that many constituents will be concerned by Coronavirus (Covid-19). Below are some links that you may find helpful. Please do email me on sharon.hodgson.mp@parliament.uk if you have any... Read more

You can read Sharon's latest Echo column below or on the Sunderland Echo website.

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Tomorrow (Friday 8th May), the nation will mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

Like all events planned since March this year, tomorrow’s Victory in Europe: VE Day commemoration will be different to how it was initially planned; but the country will still come together to pay tribute to the Second World War generation and remember the sacrifices made by British, Commonwealth and Allied Forces.

Whilst the country is facing some of the most challenging times since the Second World War, we are united in awe at the spirit of Captain Tom Moore who has raised over £32 million for NHS Charities Together, after setting a target of £1,000.

But Captain Moore isn’t the only veteran who is raising money and continuing to serve his community.

Former service personnel across the country are joining charities and volunteers to provide: food packages to those in need, someone to talk to so that people don’t get lonely during the lockdown and a helping hand to anyone who needs it. Veterans in Crisis Sunderland are the perfect example of communities coming together, even during lockdown.

We are also seeing 20,000 serving personnel play their part in the fight against Coronavirus. Helping with the ambulance service, delivering personal protective equipment, setting up mobile testing sites and flying Brits home from their nightmare holiday situations are just a few examples of how our armed forces continue to adapt to serve us.

As the new Shadow Veterans’ Minister, I am proud of our armed service personnel, past and present, and believe that we should all share that pride, not just on a few days of the year, but every day.

Our armed forces do so much for us, and like all public services including the NHS, we need to do more than just thank them. We need to make sure that they are protected, and they have the support they need.

That is why one of my first tasks as Shadow Veterans’ Minister was to call on the Government to re-open the Veterans UK helpline, which provides valuable support to veterans but has closed due to Coronavirus. Other businesses and charities have been able to re-direct their helplines to a working from home setting, so there is no reason why the Government can’t do the same to support our veterans.

Tomorrow, like many across the country, I will be joining in with the VE Day commemoration and remembrance of those who served in World War II and will be giving thanks to our veterans and serving personnel, who continue to serve us and make us proud.

Sunderland Echo website >

ECHO COLUMN: My pride in armed forces, past and present

You can read Sharon's latest Echo column below or on the Sunderland Echo website. Tomorrow (Friday 8th May), the nation will mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Like all...

Sharon Hodgson MP's report - Apr 2020 number 127

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DEFRA Response above - click on image to read letter

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Highways England update response above - click on image to read letter

Read the Response from Highways England 07/04/2020 here >

Responses received following Ayton public meeting, re concerns about the A1 noise and litter - Ayton and Rickleton, Picktree Washington

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Sharon has received a response to her letter to the Prime Minister regarding Nissan and Coronavirus, from Nadhim Zahawi MP, Minister for Business and Industry. 

You can read the letter by clicking on the image above 

You can read Sharon's original letter to the Prime Minister here > 

Sharon receives response to letter to the Prime Minister regarding Nissan and Coronavirus

Sharon has received a response to her letter to the Prime Minister regarding Nissan and Coronavirus, from Nadhim Zahawi MP, Minister for Business and Industry.  You can read the letter by...

Sharon has received a response to her letter calling on Secretary of State for Transport to urgently support the Tyne and Wear Metro during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

 


You can read the letter by clicking on the image above 

Sharon also signed a letter alongside other North-East MPs to Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State for Transport on this issue.

The response to that letter can be read here > 

Both original letters sent to Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State for Transport, can be read here > 

Sharon & other North-East MPs receive responses from the Government regarding Tyne & Wear Metro

Sharon has received a response to her letter calling on Secretary of State for Transport to urgently support the Tyne and Wear Metro during the Coronavirus pandemic.    You can...

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Regarding the news that a Nightingale Hospital will be developed at IAMP in Washington, Sharon said:

“The announcement that a temporary hospital will be developed at IAMP truly brings home the scale of the Coronavirus. It is a sobering thought that this facility will be needed and shows just how seriously individuals and businesses must take this issue.

“This dedicated Coronavirus facility will help save lives and will take some of the pressure off local hospitals, such as Sunderland Royal, South Tyneside District Hospital, the QE in Gateshead and Newcastle hospitals, and ensure that local people are cared for locally.

“My thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones, as well as other individuals who have contracted the virus. I pay tribute to all those working in the NHS who are treating and caring for those with Coronavirus. We all have a duty to help prevent the spread of the virus and that is why I urge everyone to stay at home if they are able to.”

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Sharon reacts to news that a Nightingale Hospital will be developed at IAMP

Regarding the news that a Nightingale Hospital will be developed at IAMP in Washington, Sharon said:“The announcement that a temporary hospital will be developed at IAMP truly brings home the...

Sharon Hodgson, Member of Parliament for Washington and Sunderland West, has this week been appointed by the new Labour Party leader, Keir Starmer MP, to his shadow ministerial team. IMG_7614.JPG

Sharon will be serving in the Shadow Defence team as Shadow Minister for Veterans, led by John Healey MP, the new Shadow Secretary of State for Defence. 

Sharon had previously served for 4.5 years as the Shadow Minister for Public Health under Jonathan Ashworth MP. 

Sharon said:

"I'm delighted to be asked to serve in Keir Starmer's shadow ministerial team as the Shadow Minister for Veterans. 

"The North East has a rich military history and I am looking forward to representing our communities from the Opposition front bench."

Labour's Shadow Defence Secretary, John Healey MP said:
“I'm delighted Sharon is part of Labour's new shadow defence team. She's one of the best campaigning MPs in the House of Commons and she'll now lead our Labour crusade for veterans. Sharon will be a major asset for our front bench team."

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Sharon appointed as Shadow Veterans Minister

Sharon Hodgson, Member of Parliament for Washington and Sunderland West, has this week been appointed by the new Labour Party leader, Keir Starmer MP, to his shadow ministerial team.  Sharon...

Sharon Hodgson MP's report - Mar-Apr 2020 number 126

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Sharon signs letter calling on Secretary of State for Transport to urgently support the Tyne and Wear Metro


Sharon has joined 10 other North East MPs in writing to Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State for Transport, asking him to implement an urgent support package for Tyne and Wear Metro similar to the support offered to bus and national rail services.

That letter can be read here:

As many of the signatories have also done, Sharon wrote to Grant Shapps MP personally, in order to raise the same issue.

That letter can be read here:

Sharon said:

‘’The limits on public movement rightly put in place to combat this awful disease have had a profound impact on passenger numbers and fare income for the Tyne and Wear Metro.

‘’For those of my constituents who are key workers either in the NHS or other frontline services, or working in the supermarket and delivery sectors, and rely on public transport, it is essential that the Metro continues to operate.

‘’The Government has rightly put in support measures for bus and national rail services and must now urgently do the same for the Metro.’’

Sharon urges Government to support the Tyne and Wear Metro

Sharon signs letter calling on Secretary of State for Transport to urgently support the Tyne and Wear Metro Sharon has joined 10 other North East MPs in writing to Grant...

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