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Sharon Hodgson, Member of Parliament for Washington & and Sunderland West and Shadow Minister for Veterans has welcomed the new measures in Washington and Sunderland West and across the North East, aimed at curbing the rising cases of Coronavirus.

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Sharon is calling on all constituents to follow the measures, in order to keep everyone safe and ensure that our NHS is not overwhelmed.

Full guidance from the Government can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/north-east-of-england-local-restrictions

Information from Sunderland City Council, including FAQs, can be found here:

https://www.sunderland.gov.uk/article/17375/New-Covid-19-restrictions-for-our-region-17-September

Sharon said:

‘’I welcome the new measures being introduced, as the rise in cases of coronavirus in recent days has been concerning. The Government must now provide any additional support that our Local Authority needs for improved testing and to support people where necessary.

‘’It is vitally important that everyone follows the new measures, in order to keep us all safe, and protect our NHS.

‘’This will be a challenging time for many people, but I know that we can work together and bring the cases down in the coming days and weeks.’’

 

Sharon Hodgson MP welcomes new measures in Washington and Sunderland West to curb rising cases of Coronavirus

Sharon Hodgson, Member of Parliament for Washington & and Sunderland West and Shadow Minister for Veterans has welcomed the new measures in Washington and Sunderland West and across the North...

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

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The last Labour Government aimed to spread power and opportunity to all, to ensure that the next generation were not held back by their background.

That is why, in 2004, Labour launched the Child Trust Fund (CTF) scheme. This bold policy ensured that every child would have access to savings at the start of their adult life, no matter their background. For every young person born after the 1st September 2002, Labour invested at least £250 in a fund, from which only that young person can draw money.

This month, the first generation to benefit from CTFs turn 18, and can access this fund for the first time. Over the next 9 years, 50,000 young people across the country each month will come of age and be able to access their fund.

In Washington and Sunderland West, 8,700 young people have a CTF and will see the difference a Labour Government can make to their lives.

The contrast with the Tories’ mishandling of young people’s futures couldn’t be clearer. Students have faced a summer of chaos following the Government’s A-Level results fiasco, which follows a series of failures for young people, be it on school funding, university fees, or public health.

In fact, it was the Conservative and Liberal Democrat Coalition Government which scrapped the innovative CTF scheme in 2011.

Given the time that has passed since the CTF scheme was launched and now with the significant impact of the pandemic, I am worried that many 18-year olds and their parents may be unaware, or have forgotten, that an account exists for them. I don’t want any young person to miss out on money that is rightfully theirs.

To find out more about this scheme, or to find your fund, visit https://www.gov.uk/child-trust-funds/

If you know anyone who is about to turn 18, make sure that they’re aware that they have money that is theirs to manage.

Every trust fund, and every choice it enables, is a reminder of the difference a Labour government can make. Today’s young adults will be the beneficiaries of Labour’s determination to make lives better and society fairer.

Sunderland Echo website >

ECHO COLUMN: Child Trust Fund scheme is a reminder of the difference a Labour government can make

You can read Sharon's latest Echo column below or on the Sunderland Echo website The last Labour Government aimed to spread power and opportunity to all, to ensure that the...

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22% of the workforce in Washington and Sunderland West constituency work in the automotive industry. Accounting for 10,000 jobs, that makes Sharon Hodgson MP’s constituency the Parliamentary seat with the highest proportion of automotive jobs in the country.


These figures come as Labour call for Government action to protect the UK’s world leading automotive sector, as the impact of coronavirus threatens jobs and businesses in the sector.


The automotive sector has been one of the worst affected by coronavirus, with production down an astonishing 99.7% in April.


Without urgent action, the Conservative Government risks turning its back on communities and workers in seats they promised to protect across the North, Midlands, Yorkshire and Wales where three in four automotive jobs are found.


Labour is calling for targeted support for the industry and its supply chain. It is urging the Government to explore the possibility of fast tracking measures from the Automotive Sector Deal or Road to Zero strategy, with a focus on creating green jobs and ensuring the UK leads the way in the decarbonisation challenge at the pace and scale the climate emergency demands.


Sharon Hodgson, Member of Parliament for Washington and Sunderland West, said:
“I’m proud to represent the constituency with, proportionally, the most automotive jobs in the country.


“The automotive industry is a valuable employer across the country and the Government must do more to support the sector and protect workers.


“I’ll continue to work with those in the automotive sector, Trade Unions and workers to campaign to protect our constituency’s biggest employers.”


Lucy Powell, Shadow Minister for Business and Consumers, said:
“The UK’s world-leading automotive industry has been rocked by coronavirus and livelihoods are on the line. But Ministers won’t listen to reason and are refusing to recognise some sectors have been hit harder than others.


“They must urgently target support at the sectors that need it with a focus on creating skilled, green jobs - and do right by the communities across the UK they promised to protect.


“Anything less would be a betrayal of many communities which helped get Boris Johnson elected.”
ENDS

You can read the Labour Party press release here >

Washington and Sunderland West named constituency with highest proportion of automotive jobs

  22% of the workforce in Washington and Sunderland West constituency work in the automotive industry. Accounting for 10,000 jobs, that makes Sharon Hodgson MP’s constituency the Parliamentary seat with...

Sharon welcomes withdrawal of the planning application for an incineration plant at Hillthorn Park & announcement of new £60m regeneration scheme.

 

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Sharon Hodgson, Member of Parliament for Washington & Sunderland West and Shadow Minister for Veterans has today welcomed the withdrawal by Rolton Kilbride, of the application for an incineration plant at Hillthorn Park and the announcement of new £60m regeneration scheme.

Welcomed by local businesses and educational leaders, this development is expected to create 1,600 new jobs and nine new commercial buildings that will be built by 2024.

Sharon said:

“The announcement that the planning application for an incineration plant at Hillthorn Park has been withdrawn is to be welcomed.

“This announcement follows years of campaigning and effort by the local community and campaign groups who delivered leaflets, gathered thousands of signatures and attended public meetings to ask pressing questions to figures of authority.

“I have been proud to campaign alongside, and represent in Parliament, passionate and knowledgeable groups like UKWIN, No Monster Incinerator in Washington and Washington and Wearside Against Gasification Group.

‘’I am pleased that in place of the incineration plant, a new regeneration scheme will be delivered, in which Legal & General have agreed a deal with Sunderland City Council to invest £60m. At a time when our region is suffering due to the economic shock from the Coronavirus pandemic, this investment is fantastic news.

‘’Welcomed by local businesses and educational leaders, this development is expected to create 1,600 new jobs and nine new commercial buildings that will be built by 2024. As with all major developments, I will monitor progress closely – and be sure to represent any concerns constituents may have as we move forward.’’

ENDS

Sharon welcomes withdrawal of the planning application for an incineration plant at Hillthorn Park

Sharon welcomes withdrawal of the planning application for an incineration plant at Hillthorn Park & announcement of new £60m regeneration scheme.   Sharon Hodgson, Member of Parliament for Washington &...

Sharon Hodgson MP's report - Jul-Aug 2020 number 130

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You can read Sharon's latest Sunderland Echo column below

There is almost no part of the economy that has not been badly affected by the impact of Coronavirus and the necessary measures taken to limit its spread.

It seems like every day brings further announcements of job losses. Behind every new tranche of numbers are individuals and families who now face a worrying and uncertain future.

Alongside manufacturing more widely, one area which is being particularly damaged is the aerospace industry. The near total suspension in air travel and continued low passenger numbers are having a significant knock on effect on companies such as Rolls-Royce.

As the MP for a constituency home to a Rolls-Royce site, I am acutely aware of the scale of the problems facing the company and its workers.

That’s why I convened an urgent meeting last week for MPs with sites in their constituencies and Unite representatives to discuss what is needed from the Government to prevent further job losses and safeguard the high level of skills in the workforce.

Whilst some aspects of Government financial assistance measures have been a lifeline, there have also been significant shortfalls.

As Unite have pointed out, steps taken by our Government pale in comparison to those taken by France and Germany. The seemingly indifferent attitude taken by this Conservative Government was summed up in the absence of any mention of the aviation or aerospace sectors in the Chancellor’s recent summer statement.

It is becoming increasingly clear that further, sector specific, support will be needed in the coming weeks and months.

As the Labour Party has made clear, we need a targeted strategy that acknowledges that workers in struggling sectors cannot and should not be treated the same way as workers in sectors that are already back to full capacity.

Growing up in the North East during the Thatcher Governments, I know how much long-term damage can be done to our communities when industries are abandoned.

If Boris Johnson wants to make good on his ‘levelling up’ rhetoric, he needs to step in and provide a comprehensive strategy to stop continued and widespread job losses in aerospace and manufacturing.

ECHO COLUMN: Urgent Support for Manufacturing & Aerospace

You can read Sharon's latest Sunderland Echo column below There is almost no part of the economy that has not been badly affected by the impact of Coronavirus and the...

Sharon Hodgson, Member of Parliament for Washington and Sunderland West, has today called on the Government to accept all nine of the recommendations of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review.

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The Review, chaired by Baroness Cumberlege, which examined how the healthcare system in England responds to reports about harmful side effects from medicines and medical devices, in particular: hormone pregnancy tests, such as Primodos; sodium valproate and pelvic mesh implants, published its recommendations today.


The Review recommends that the Government immediately apologise on behalf of the healthcare system to the families affected by Primodos, sodium valproate and pelvic mesh; the appointment of a Patient Safety Commissioner and a central patient-identifiable database to collect key details of the implantation of all devices at the time of operation.


Sharon, who was formerly the Shadow Minister for Public Health, has been working with and supporting patients and campaign groups on these issues for many years.


Sharon said:
“I have heard of the devastating and heart-breaking affects mesh, Primodos and sodium valproate have had on patients and their families, and I know first-hand the impact mesh has had on patients as my own Mam has been badly affected.


“Patients and their families have fought tirelessly for years to get the recognition and acknowledgement that they have today, thanks to the publication of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review.


“I now call on the Government to accept and implement all of these recommendations as a matter of urgency. Patient safety must never be swept under the carpet ever again.”
ENDS

You can read the report here > 

Sharon calls on Government to accept the recommendations of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review

Sharon Hodgson, Member of Parliament for Washington and Sunderland West, has today called on the Government to accept all nine of the recommendations of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices...

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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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Government guidance here:
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Advice from Sunderland City Council:

  
  
  
  




Support from Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness:

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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

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