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News - Archive - prior to July 08
Celebrating the Suffragettes at Beamish - 21.06.08 Sharon joined
fellow MPs Roberta Blackman-Woods and Kevan Jones with people from
across the North East to celebrate the history of the suffragettes
at Beamish openair museum. The event
gave local women (and men!)...
Sharon visits the "Eye of the Fly" arts project - 20.06.08 Sharon today visited the "Eye of the Fly"
centre for young people in the constituency.
The Eye of the Fly charity is dedicated to
raising the standards of communication and education through the
Sharon visits the Treehouse School - 19.06.08 Sharon
was very impressed by what she saw in the classrooms and the
playground at TreeHouse. After the tour
Sharon met Chief Executive, Ian Wylie, two TreeHouse parents and
members of the Parent Support...
Sharon backs tougher licensing for lap-dancing clubs - 18.06.08 Sharon is supporting a Bill tabled by City of
Durham MP Roberta Blackman-Woods to tighten up licensing
regulations for lap dancing establishments.
The Bill is
being backed by over 70 MPs as well as...
Sharon highlights need for digital breast screening - 17.06.08 Sharon was delighted when the Cancer Reform
Strategy highlighted the need for greater use of digital screening
technology in our hospitals. The technology should be phased in over the coming years but...
Special Educational Needs (Information) Bill in the Lords - Sharon's Special Educational Needs
(Information) Bill received an unnopposed Second Reading in the
House of Lords today. The Bill is being sponsored in the Lords by Baroness Pitkeathley
who has a strong track...
National Deaf Childrens Society Reception - 06.06.08 Sharon was a guest at the National Deaf Children's Society
reception in Parliament. Deaf children are amongst the millions of children who stand to
benefit from Sharon's Special Educatinal Needs (Information) Bill.
Sharon asks questions on Burma - 05.06.08 Following a recent visit to St Robert's of Newminster School in
Washington to meet with the Burma Campaign Group, Sharon
asked a series of questions to Ministers which were raised by the
Digital Switchover - Sharon wants to support blind people 03.06.08 Last year in
March the City of Sunderland won £3.5 million as part of the
Government’s digital challenge scheme. This money is benefiting
people all over Sunderland and Washington and helping to prepare
Debate on Health and Education in Israel 20.05.08 Sharon has a strong interest in Health and Edcucation in the
North East. She used a recent debate on the 60th anniversary of the
state of Israel to highlight a few lessons...
Sharon questions Academic Boycott 15.05.08 Sharon today asked the Secretary of State for Innovation,
Universities and Skills what his view was on the proposed academic
boycott of Israel. Sharon also asked what more could be done to
Post Offices Debate 14.05.08 Sharon made an intervention in today's Westminster Hall debate
over the Government's policy on Post offices. Sharon was
particularly keen to highlight the lack of a credible position from
the Liberal Democrats over...
Meeting with National Express 14.05.08 Sharon met National Express East Coast Mainline Chief Executive
David Franks to discuss issues facing passengers on the service
since the change of ownership from GNER. It is important that the
Plea to Prime Minister for Children's hospice funding - 14.05.08 Sharon today made a public plea to
the Prime Minister in an attempt to secure greater
funding for children's hospice services. Sharon waved a crystal
angel, being sold by the Grace House Appeal,...
Breakthrough Breast Cancer Annual Reception 13.05.08 Sharon hosted Breakthrough Breast Cancer's annual reception in
the Commons today. Sharon is the Secretary of the All Party
Parliamentary Breast Cancer Group to which Breakthrough provide the
secretariat. The event was attended...
Northern TUC Dinner 10.05.08 Sharon attended the annual regional TUC dinner and was joined at
her table by Union learning representatives from across the
region. It was a good evening for many people on the...
Sharon puts the case for free school meals to Labour's Manifesto
writer 07.05.08 Sharon today pressed Labour Minister Ed Miliband for his views
on introducing free school meals. Mr Miliband described the
campaign as 'ingenious' and added that he hoped Ministers looking
at the idea would...
Post Election Constituency Surgery 02.05.08 After a bruising weekend for The Labour Party at the polls
Sharon was up and about in Washington on Saturday. She held her
monthly surgery for constituents at the Washington Artc Centre.
Sharon launches Barclay's Books for Schools at Blackfell
Primary25.04.08 Sharon went along to Blackfell Primary
School to launch Barclay's Books for Schools
competition is being run in conjunction with the Sunderland Echo
and offers the chance for local children to collect...
'Local transport requires local decisions' says Sharon 22.04.08 Sharon spoke out in favour of the Government's transport policy
today in Parliament. She used questions to Transport Ministers to
highlight the importance of retaining a role for local authorities
in making decisions...