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Sharon Hodgson MP: Free school meals a lifeline to thousands of working families

Last week, the House of Lords passed a motion calling on the Government to postpone their changes to free school meals, which would see over a million children in poverty miss out on a free, hot and healthy school meal.

Education
Female MPs at last month's launch of Labour's campaign to celebrate 100 years of women's suffrage on College Green in Westminster. Picture by Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Sharon Hodgson MP: International Women’s Day is also a reminder of how far we still have to go

Today marks International Women’s Day; a day to celebrate the success of women around the world but also a day to reflect on how far we still have to go.

Politics
Sharon Hodgson's emotional speech moved other MPs to tears.

Sharon Hodgson MP: Twenty years on, Lucy’s legacy lives on through my work as an MP

Last week, I delivered the most difficult speech I have ever given in the House of Commons during my 13 years as a Member of Parliament.

Politics
A Carillion worker. Picture by Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Sharon Hodgson MP: Carillion workforce deserves assurance on status of their jobs

Last weekend, news broke of the collapse of Carillion and throughout the week it has dominated the news as more and more of this sorry saga unravelled.

Business
Our MP is angry at planned Tory cuts to free school meals.

Sharon Hodgson: Tory Government has no consideration for children’s futures

Supporting children in their formative years has always been a passion of mine and an area which I have helped push during my time as an MP.

Opinion
Metro funding was one of the few positives in the Budget.

Sharon Hodgson MP: Budget lets people down by sticking to the status quo

The past couple of weeks have seen the Tories embattled as they lurch from one crisis to another.

Politics
Universal Credit will be rolled out to all job centres by June 2018 but some people are already on the benefit

Sharon Hodgson MP: Universal Credit will cause more poverty if not fixed

There are a lot of issues going on in Parliament at the moment, but one of the biggest is the serious flaws around Universal Credit – the Tories’ flag-ship reforms to the welfare system.

Opinion
Sharon Hodgson MP: I’m behind Brexit - but the Repeal Bill is an affront to our democracy

Sharon Hodgson MP: I’m behind Brexit - but the Repeal Bill is an affront to our democracy

As Parliament returns from summer recess, Brexit has dominated not only the headlines but the Parliamentary agenda too as we began the passage of the Great Repeal Bill (now known as the EU Withdrawal Bill).

Opinion
The Queen's Speech

Sharon Hodgson: Government must be pressed to invest in the North East

Last week, Parliament continued to debate the Queen’s Speech and the thin legislative programme announced by the Government. It had been my intention to speak in the debates, but after hours of waiting, I was unfortunately not called.

Opinion
Labour's Sharon Hodgson is announced as the winner of the Washington and Sunderland West seat.''Picture by Tom Banks

Sharon Hodgson: Dire Tory manifesto was rejected by the public

Firstly, it was an honour to be re-elected to continue as the Member of Parliament for Washington and Sunderland West last Thursday.

Opinion
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Sharon Hodgson MP: We must never let the terrorists win

The last week has been dominated by the news of the London terror attack last week.

Opinion
Animal welfare is a major concern.

SHARON HODGSON: Why I have renewed vigour in the fight for animal welfare

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve moved my office onto a new improved casework system. This allows me to record correspondence from constituents and identify major issues affecting the residents of Washington and Sunderland West.

Opinion
Nursery schools are at risk due to changes in funding.

SHARON HODGSON: Parliament is not just about Brexit

Parliament is currently dominated by Brexit as we continue the process of passing the Article 50 Bill which will see Parliament allow the Government to trigger Article 50 in March; however, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t other issues going on which are just as important.

Opinion
Rachel Reeves

SHARON HODGSON: Tackling isolation and loneliness in society

Over the Christmas period, many of us would have spent much of our time with loved ones celebrating everything the holidays have to offer. Yet, this wouldn’t have been the case for many people who suffer from loneliness.

Opinion
Theresa May.

SHARON HODGSON: What should Brexit look like to you?

This is my final Echo column of 2016, and what a year it has been. It’s safe to say 2016 has been a year of upheaval. However, one thing remains constant, I will continue to represent the people of my constituency here in Sunderland to the full; making sure that their voices are heard in Parliament.

Opinion

SHARON HODGSON: Don’t despair – just Restart and repair

The age-old proverb: “out of sight, out of mind” always springs to mind when we have some old electricals tucked away at the back of the cupboard or stowed up in the loft.

News
Carlos Ghosn, chairman and CEO of Nissan

SHARON HODGSON: Right to be jubilant over Nissan deal

Last week saw Nissan solidify its relationship with Sunderland and the North East further when the company announced that their two new car models, the new Qashqai and the X-Trail SUV, would be built here in Sunderland.

Opinion
Grammar schools are part of a failed system

SHARON HODGSON: Schools plan shows Tories out of touch

When the Prime Minister stood outside Downing Street earlier this year, she told the country that no one would be left behind.

Opinion
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