Sharon Hodgson MP

Working hard for Washington and Sunderland West.

PM challenged to put fans first 30.04.14

Sharon pressed the Prime Minister to take the side of ordinary fans who are being ripped off by touts, rather than his new Culture Secretary who once praised touts as "classic entrepreneurs".

 Sharon at PMQs

Sharon used the rarity of being drawn to ask a question to the Prime Minister to highlight the recently-published report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ticket Abuse on the reforms needed to ensure that ordinary fans get a fair deal from the secondary ticketing market.

The full report, which contains a number of recommendations for both Government and the live event industry, can be read on the APPG's website here.

The Prime Minister committed to discussing the report's contents with the relevant Ministers, and the APPG has since had meetings both with the Minister for Organised Crime and the Culture Secretary himself to discuss it in more detail.

The exchange with the Prime Minister went as follows:

Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Washington and Sunderland West) (Lab): I am sure that the Prime Minister has read last week’s excellent report by the all-party group on ticket abuse, which set out how consumers are getting a raw deal from the secondary market. The question is, whose side is the Prime Minister on—that of his new Culture Secretary, who praised ticket touts as “classic entrepreneurs”, or the millions of ordinary fans who are sick and tired of being ripped off?

The Prime Minister: I have not seen the report that the hon. Lady mentions. I will have a look at it and I will discuss it with the Culture Secretary, my hon. Friend the Member for Bromsgrove (Sajid Javid), who I welcome to the Cabinet. I noticed that Labour seemed to criticise his appointment—I am not quite sure on what basis. I think he will do an excellent job for our country and I am very happy to study the report that the hon. Lady mentions.

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