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Sharon Hodgson MP's report - Jan-Feb 2021 no 136

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Leamside Line petition This week I have launched a petition which calls on the Government to re-open the mothballed Leamside rail line in full.  It is the railway line that goes from Pelaw to Ferryhill, and its re-opening in full would bring back rail to Washington. It is expected that the decision to re-open it or not will be made by the Government this Spring as part of its “Integrated Rail Plan”, so now is the time to ramp up campaigning.  It would be absolutely tragic and frankly ludicrous if the Leamside line was only partially opened, and did not reach Washington, which despite its growing population of 70,000 has not had passenger rail since 1963. There is no doubt that this part of Tyne and Wear could be transformed by a rail line linking it to Sunderland, Shields, Gateshead and County Durham, especially if that incorporated an extension of the Metro as well as heavy passenger rail.

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Sharon Hodgson MP's report - Jan-Feb 2021 no 136

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

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This year, local elections will take place in a context we’ve never known before.

Last year’s Council elections were delayed by national Government, because of Covid-19, but are due to take place this May.

While many of us will have had our vaccine by then, with Sunderland and the North East making incredible progress vaccinating our communities, there is an important step that we all could take to ensure that we can all vote safely in the local elections – sign up for postal voting.

You can vote early with a postal vote, by sending this off ahead of polling day. Around 40% of the population of Sunderland are already registered for a postal vote.

It’s important you have your say in local democracy, and you can do this easily from your own home. The elections in the USA in November were a fantastic success for early postal voting, with over 100 million voters across the country choosing to vote safely and securely from home.

That’s not to say that voting in person at your nearest polling station won’t be safe. Our excellent council workers will be ensuring that polling stations are kept Covid-secure, and social distancing will be strictly maintained.

But I’m sure most people have been in that position where they’ve forgotten it is election day until the last minute, or are too busy to find time to vote on the day. That doesn’t need to be a concern with a postal vote.

Across the next few months, Sunderland Council Electoral Services will be writing to everyone who is not yet registered for a postal vote, to let you know how you can sign up for one.

You can get ahead of the curve, and sign up to vote by post by checking out this interactive website: https://postalvote.labour.org.uk/

Your local Labour candidates have been working hard throughout the pandemic to support communities across Sunderland. You can find out more about the candidates for Washington and Sunderland West on this link: https://www.waswlabour.org/local-election-candidates-2021/

Get your postal vote, and make sure your vote is counted safely and securely in May and in future elections.

ECHO COLUMN: Sign up for postal voting for the upcoming local elections

You can read Sharon's latest Echo column below or on the Sunderland Echo website This year, local elections will take place in a context we’ve never known before. Last year’s...

Sharon Hodgson MP has written to Home Secretary seeking urgent clarification on the impact on Washington and Sunderland West following news that 400,000 police records were deleted.

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The letter sets out a number of key questions for the Conservative Home Secretary, including, how many people have been affected in Washington and Sunderland West, what work is being done with police to identify gaps in the system and what the impact will be on vital safeguarding issues, such as domestic abuse and stalking.

Commenting Sharon Hodgson MP, said:

“This fiasco is incredibly serious and the Conservative Government’s incompetence is putting the safety of people at risk in Washington & Sunderland West.

“Unfortunately, it seems inevitable that as a result of this mess criminals will escape punishment, victims will miss out on justice and our community will be less safe.

“As such, I was very disappointed that the Home Secretary failed to appear in the House of Commons to answer Labour’s questions on Monday

“I’ve raised this as an urgent matter with the Home Secretary demanding information of the full impact on our area and, vitally, how we can fix this serious problem.”

The Conservatives have established a pattern of incompetent failures. On Free School Meals, on exams, on the delay to introducing a lockdown and now on our very safety, the Government have dropped the ball.

ENDS

Sharon writes to Home Secretary after 400,000 criminal data records are 'lost' by the Home Office

Sharon Hodgson MP has written to Home Secretary seeking urgent clarification on the impact on Washington and Sunderland West following news that 400,000 police records were deleted. Click the above...


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