Sharon Hodgson MP

Working hard for Washington and Sunderland West.

Sharon in and around Washington and Sunderland West - some highlights

Sharon has launched a survey to find out the opinions of her constituents on three key areas; the EU referendum, the Labour Leadership contest and local issues.

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The survey will run until Friday 26th August at 6pm, where the results will then be analysed and help inform Sharon Hodgson MP’s work as the elected representative for Washington and Sunderland West in Parliament.

Following the launch of the survey, Sharon said:

“As always it is important that I hear the views of my constituents, especially during such uncharted times with a new Prime Minister and government undergoing Brexit negotiations following the results of the EU Referendum.

“That is why I have launched this survey to give my constituents the chance to let me know their opinions on some of the key issues facing our country in the coming weeks and months ahead, and what they believe my local priorities should be as their elected representative. I look forward to as many constituents as possible taking part in this survey.” 

Click this link: You can find more details at this dedicated webpage on Sharon's website >

Sharon launches Summer 2016 Survey

Sharon has launched a survey to find out the opinions of her constituents on three key areas; the EU referendum, the Labour Leadership contest and local issues. The survey will...

Read Sharon Hodgson MP's report - News from Westminster - Jun-July 2016 number 87

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Sharon Hodgson MPs report Jun-July 2016 number 87

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A service and vigil will be held tomorrow (Wednesday 22nd June) to celebrate the life of Jo Cox on her 42nd birthday at 6.30pm in St Nicholas’ Cathedral in Newcastle.

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The theme of the celebrations, ‘More In Common’, was the theme of Jo’s maiden speech on entering the House of Commons in May 2015, when she said: ‘We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us".

Speakers will be confirmed nearer the time; however, it is expected that the Dean of the Cathedral, Chris Dalliston, the Bishop of Newcastle, Christine Hardman, and local MPs and MEPs will speak during the service.

Sharon said:

“Jo was an inspirational woman who dedicated her life to helping those in the most need across the world and spent her short time in Parliament championing causes close to her heart and working to ensure that hatred did not divide us as a country.

“Jo was not only a credit to us in the Labour Party, but to all of us involved in British politics and the wider country and she will be sorely missed by us all; but especially by the young family she has been so brutally taken away from.

“That is why I am heartened to see global celebrations and remembrance of her life will take place on her 42nd birthday and I would like to thank St Nicholas’ Cathedral for providing the space for a service to be held in the North-East so that as a region we can come together to remember Jo, her life and all recommit to standing up against hatred in our society.”

#MoreInCommon celebration of Jo Cox’s life at St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle - 22.06.16

A service and vigil will be held tomorrow (Wednesday 22nd June) to celebrate the life of Jo Cox on her 42nd birthday at 6.30pm in St Nicholas’ Cathedral in Newcastle....

Sharon was honoured to be invited to attend a Queen's 90th Birthday Celebration Party at St Cuthbert's Church, Rotherham Road, Red House, Sunderland. 11/06/2016

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Sharon pictured here with some of the winners.

Sharon attends Queen's 90th Birthday Celebration Party in Red House in Sunderland

Sharon was honoured to be invited to attend a Queen's 90th Birthday Celebration Party at St Cuthbert's Church, Rotherham Road, Red House, Sunderland. 11/06/2016 Sharon pictured here with some of... Read more

Sharon Hodgson MP's report - May-Jun 2016 - number 86

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Read Sharon Hodgson MP's report - News from Westminster - May-Jun 2016 - number 86

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Sharon visits Carr Hill Primary in Gateshead to see the Action for Children's Roots of Empathy "tiny teachers" programme.

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Image copyright - Action for Children, 2016.

Caption: Catherine Joyce, Action for Children, Katie Cohen – Roots of Empathy, Baby Penelope and mum Lucy Hailes, Joanne Drummond – Carr Hill Primary, 2 Year 4  Roots of Empathy pupils and Sharon Hodgson MP.

Sharon sees Action for Children's "tiny teachers" programme in action - roots of empathy

Sharon visits Carr Hill Primary in Gateshead to see the Action for Children's Roots of Empathy "tiny teachers" programme.   Image copyright - Action for Children, 2016. Caption: Catherine Joyce,... Read more

Sharon Hodgson MPs report - Apr-May 2016 - number 85

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Read Sharon Hodgson MP's report - News from Westminster - Apr-May 2016 - number 85

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Sharon  has come out in support of a joint venture between the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and Royal Mail to provide a free-of-charge confidential service designed to improve communication between MPs and constituents who are blind or partially sighted.

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With nearly 1.9 million people living in the UK with sight loss, this means that an average of 3,000 people in every Parliamentary constituency are struggling to access information and communication with their MPs as part of democratic accountability.

Using the confidential Transcription Service, RNIB can transcribe Braille or audio post from constituents to their MP, and can translate this communication into a format accessible to constituents.  This service is provided through a grant by Royal Mail, and will be free to use by blind or partially-sighted constituents.

Sharon said:

“It is vital that all constituents, regardless of their circumstances, have access to communication with their elected representatives, and that is why I am pleased to offer my support to this important joint-venture between the RNIB and Royal Mail to allow this to happen.

“It is important that in the 21st century that everyone has access to information and it is wrong that for many constituents they may feel isolated from the democratic process when trying to contact their local Member of Parliament.

“That is why I will be encouraging my Parliamentary colleagues to use this service to enable further engagement with their constituents who may be blind or partially sighted.”

To find out more about the transcription scheme, or the RNIB’s ‘Articles for the Blind Scheme’ in general, visit their website here:

http://www.rnib.org.uk/information-everyday-living-benefits-and-concessions-concessions/free-postal-service-articles-blind

May 2016.

Sharon supports new transcription scheme for blind or partially-sighted constituents

Sharon  has come out in support of a joint venture between the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and Royal Mail to provide a free-of-charge confidential service designed to... Read more

News from Westminster

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Read Sharon Hodgson MP's report - News from Westminster - Mar-Apr 2016 - number 84

Sharon Hodgson MP's report - Mar-Apr 2016 - number 84

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As part of the launch of National Apprenticeship Week 2016, Sharon was invited to be a part of the North-East launch at Unipres in Sunderland and gave a speech in front of staff, apprentices and young people about the great work seen by Unipres to invest in the economy and workforce on Wearside, the importance of National Apprenticeship Week, along with the benefit of young people doing an apprenticeship to help them on their path to career success.

As part of the visit to Unipres, Sharon met with various young people from local schools who were interested in doing an apprenticeship and those who are currently doing an apprenticeship at Unipres and how it has benefitted their lives. The visit also included a tour of the factory and to see the skilled workforce in action working with the machinery – including the two new presses which went live in December 2015 to accommodate the increase in demand from Nissan and other car manufacturers across the country.

Following the launch at Unipres, Sharon said:

“It was wonderful to be invited to take part in the celebrations at Unipres here in Sunderland to welcome the start of National Apprenticeship Week.

“Unipres has been a vital employer in Sunderland for 27 years now and has provided essential employment to over one-thousand people on Wearside, and the wider North-East, and it is welcome that they have been able to double their apprenticeship numbers in the last year.

“It is always important to recognise and showcase the route to a high-quality and well-paid job through an apprenticeship and I hope that this year’s celebrations in the North-East, and across the country, for National Apprenticeships Week are a success.”

You can read Sharon’s speech to the apprentices, Unipres staff and pupils from Link School and Biddick Academy here.

Sharon celebrates launch of National Apprenticeship Week at Unipres

As part of the launch of National Apprenticeship Week 2016, Sharon was invited to be a part of the North-East launch at Unipres in Sunderland and gave a speech in...

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