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Sharon Hodgson MP's report - Sep-Oct 2021 number 143

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Sharon Hodgson MP is proud to join Oxfam this September in taking a stand against the 'fast fashion' industry.

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Caption: Sharon Hodgson MP and Dawn Butler MP, wearing personal second-hand items in support for Oxfam's Second-Hand September. (Photo Credit: Oxfam, 2021)

The #SecondHandSeptember campaign is celebrating looking fashionable in re-used and re-loved clothes.

Both Sharon and the team at Oxfam are concerned about the environmental damage that fast-fashion (mass produced clothes often at low cost to the producer) has caused. 

The textile industry alone accounts for up to 10 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions; more than international aviation and shipping combined. Every year Oxfam diverts over 14,000 tonnes of clothes from landfill back into our lives and raises money to help the poverty crisis around the world.

Chief Executive of Oxfam GB, Danny Sriskandarajah, said: “The climate crisis is already wreaking havoc on people’s lives with extreme weather events that are destroying homes and harvests.”

“Choosing second-hand is one way we can leave a lighter footprint on the planet while sending a message to retailers that we want them to slow down fashion. By shopping at Oxfam, you’re also raising money to help some of the world’s poorest people cope with the impacts of climate change.

“Scientists warn we have just nine years to prevent catastrophic global temperature rises so all of us – governments, companies and individuals - have a role to play in rapidly reducing carbon emissions.”

The #SecondHandSeptember campaign is important now more than ever as we countdown to the UN climate summit COP26 taking place in Glasgow this November.

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Sharon Hodgson MP (Photo Credit: Oxfam, 2021)

Sharon said:

“This month I’m making a little change to send a big message to retailers. 

"I, like many others, will be shopping eco-friendly while also supporting the brilliant efforts Oxfam is making to fight poverty both at home and around the world. It’s time for the fashion industry to take responsibility while we take pride in shopping second-hand.

"I'm calling for an end to these destructive practices. Let’s slow down fashion. Join in this month with Oxfam and make a change for Second-Hand September."

ENDS

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Dawn Butler MP >

 

 

Sharon supports second-hand September 2021

Sharon Hodgson MP is proud to join Oxfam this September in taking a stand against the 'fast fashion' industry. Caption: Sharon Hodgson MP and Dawn Butler MP, wearing personal second-hand...

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

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Britain’s social care system is on its knees

A decade of Conservative and Lib-Dem rule has seen a generation of older people struggle to access the care they both need and deserve.  Years of neglect have brought about high employee turnover, low pay and chronic funding shortages which plague the sector.  It is no exaggeration to say that the Conservatives are the party of levelling down.

It’s clear; the UK must raise taxes to fund social care.

But a rise in National Insurance is not the way to do it.

I believe in fair taxation.

If you earn £100,000, a 1% tax has less effect on your living standards than a 1% tax on £15,000.  The Conservatives will now raise National Insurance by 1.25%, breaking a manifesto commitment in the process.

A rise in National Insurance is paid by those workers who are not at the State Pension age and is topped up by employers, meaning the rise will hit young families and small businesses hard.  Ordinary people, only recently recovering from the pandemic, now face an unaffordable tax.  Workers on Universal Credit, fresh from having their benefits cut by £20 a week, will have even less in their pocket.

Frankly, this does not represent fair taxation.

As public services creak and inflation looms, this Conservative Government will lay the burden of social care on working families and young people.  The least well-off will pay for a relatively asset-rich older generation.

The elderly worked hard for what they have, this isn’t in question, but it is only fair that those with the broadest shoulders bear the strongest weight.

Between their disastrous approach to withdrawal in Afghanistan, the forthcoming plans to introduce voter ID and now a violation of a serious manifesto promise, the Conservatives’ war on ordinary voters has many fronts.  Including, for Dominic Raab the Foreign Secretary, the beachfront.

There is no blaming these measures on the extraordinary circumstances of the pandemic.  This crisis in social care has been longstanding and foreseen; the Prime Minister pledged a fix two years ago.

Unequal, Unserious, Unreliable.  The Tories simply cannot be trusted.

 

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ECHO COLUMN: Britain’s social care system is on its knees

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