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Sharon Hodgson

Labour Member of Parliament for Washington and Sunderland West

Sharon Hodgson is the Labour Member of Parliament for Washington and Sunderland West.

Sharon was elected in 2005. In her first term she served as a Parliamentary Private Secretary to several Ministers, as well as sitting on the Children, Schools and Families Select Committee.

Sharon has led a number of campaigns while in Parliament. Her campaign on improving the standard of provision for children with Special Educational Needs culminated in her passing a Private Members Bill, the Special Educational Needs (Information) Act, and her campaign for Universal Free School Meals led to the introduction of pilot schemes in Durham and Newham.

Sharon has also been campaigning for better regulation of the secondary ticketing market, tabling her Sale of Tickets (Sporting and Cultural Events) Private Members Bill in June 2010.

The Promised Radical Upgrade In Public Health Is Not Being Achieved

A few weeks ago, NHS England published their Five Year Forward View Refresh, and it laid bare the challenges facing our health services after the many years of neglect and underinvestment by the Tories. It is safe to say that public health did not escape unscathed.
18/04/2017 12:15 BST

Government Rethink Needed On Early Years' Entry Requirements So Families Don't Suffer

There is no time to lose. The crisis is already upon the sector, and it is vital that the new Education Secretary, Justine Greening, and the Childcare Minister, Caroline Dinenage, get to work immediately to address the problems left behind by their predecessors and ensure our childcare sector is properly staffed to deliver on important childcare support for parents.
01/09/2016 17:36 BST

We Need A Plan To Address Child Holiday Hunger In Our Communities

As Chair of the APPG on School Food, child holiday hunger has been an area I have championed for a number of years now. But, sadly, I have been met with the argument that once the school gates lock for the school holidays, it is none of our business about how a child eats, or doesn't in some cases.
25/08/2016 16:51 BST

Sajid Javid Is Standing Up for the Wrong People: It's Time to Put Fans First

The most important element of any market for a consumer is knowing exactly what you're buying, and who from. Unfortunately, many of the tickets listed on these websites don't provide buyers with adequate seat details, and none of them provide any details about who you're buying from - whether it's a fellow fan, a commercial-scale tout, or even the event-holder themselves. That's why we're recommending that resale sites and those that use them should be legally required to provide this most basic of information to inform consumer choice.
27/04/2014 21:15 BST

Nigel Farage Couldn't Be More Wrong - Supporting Working Mums Is Good for Business

Nobody should ever judge mothers on the choices they make when it comes to balancing work and family life; it should always be a personal choice. But this choice needs to be a meaningful one, not simply picking the least worst option. Unfortunately, this still isn't the case for far too many women. We can and we must do better.
31/01/2014 12:00 GMT

Under Labour, High Food Standards Will Apply in All Schools

Parents deserve a guarantee that school food will be high quality, and for those children and young people for whom their free school meal may be the only proper meal they get, we owe it to them to ensure that that meal is a good one. That's why Labour, along with Jamie Oliver and a number of other campaigners, has consistently called for our school food standards to apply to all schools once again.
10/07/2013 14:58 BST

Put Fans First

Last week saw the launch of StubHub UK, the latest invasion of a secondary ticketing business from across the Atlantic.
21/03/2012 20:59 GMT