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Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Sharon Hodgson: The Minister made a very good point about the time needed for people to go on the bereavement journey. Will someone who feels able to come back to work sooner but then finds that the grief hits later on—as it does; it hits different people at different stages—be able to take some of the two weeks’ paid leave later, perhaps within a six-month period? Will the Bill accommodate...

Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Sharon Hodgson: I did not plan to speak in this debate. I planned to come along and show my support for the Bill by sitting on the Front Bench, but the powerful debate has compelled me to add my voice and to pay tribute to everyone who has worked so hard to get the Bill to this stage. I will not detain the House too long other than to pay tribute to the hon. Member for Thirsk and Malton (Kevin Hollinrake)...

Tobacco Control Plan: Valproate and Foetal Anticonvulsant Syndrome (19 Oct 2017)

Sharon Hodgson: It really is an honour to be responding for the second time in this Chamber today on behalf of the Opposition. First, I thank the right hon. Member for North Norfolk (Norman Lamb) for securing this very important debate. It really was much needed so that we could finally discuss in detail, and in the main Chamber, the issues around valproate and what the Government must do to address this...

Tobacco Control Plan (19 Oct 2017)

Sharon Hodgson: I thank my right hon. Friend the Member for Rother Valley (Sir Kevin Barron) for securing the debate. He is a long-standing campaigner on the issue of tobacco and its effects on society, and it is good to see that he is continuing his campaign. He made an insightful and thought-provoking contribution. I also thank other Members who have made excellent speeches on this important issue,...

Surgical Mesh Implants — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Sharon Hodgson: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Owen. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle (Emma Hardy) for securing this very important debate and for her excellent contribution. The Opposition fully support her four asks of the Government. I commend all other speakers for their thoughtful and passionate contributions, and I thank their constituents...

Royal Mail Delivery Office Closures — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (11 Oct 2017)

Sharon Hodgson: I am grateful to the hon. Lady for giving way; this has been a disjointed debate and I fear that we might have another Division soon, so I want to make this point in case I am not able to return for the closing speeches. On locations, the Minister will recall that, in the last debate on this issue, I placed particular emphasis on the effect on deprived areas. She said that she would look into...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Transvaginal Mesh Implants (10 Oct 2017)

Sharon Hodgson: It is deeply worrying, though, that this procedure was introduced with so little evidence to support it. I think we all have to agree it has led to unacceptable complication rates for certain products. Will the Minister heed the words of Professor Heneghan and hold a public inquiry into the numbers of women adversely affected and why the safety of so many women was disregarded?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (9 Oct 2017)

Sharon Hodgson: I wrote to the Secretary of State on Friday about my constituent, Danielle Brown, who lost her leg at the age of two. She has now lost her PIP and her Motability car. Will the Minister look into this case and assure me that I will get a reply as soon as possible?

Contaminated Blood (20 Jul 2017)

Sharon Hodgson: It is disappointing that we are here again today, so soon after last week’s announcement. A week ago, this House united in agreement to finally facilitate justice for those tragically affected by this scandal. Yet, as we have heard, in recent days Ministers have reneged on last week’s promises and run roughshod over the affected community.

Contaminated Blood (20 Jul 2017)

Sharon Hodgson: The Minister of State may shake his head, but that is how the community feel; we have spoken to them. There are three key questions that the Under-Secretary before us this morning must answer, and I hope she will be more forthcoming with much-needed answers than she was to my hon. Friend the Member for Kingston upon Hull North (Diana Johnson). Understandably, the community have deeply held...

Organ Donation: Opt-out System — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (13 Jul 2017)

Sharon Hodgson: It is an honour to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Buck. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Barnsley Central (Dan Jarvis) for securing this debate, for his excellent contribution and for all the work that he has done in recent weeks to raise awareness of the need for more people to become organ donors. I commend other hon. Members for their thoughtful contributions to this debate; the...

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Liquefied Natural Gas (13 Jul 2017)

Sharon Hodgson: What steps his Department is taking to promote the use of liquefied natural gas as an alternative to diesel fuel.

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Liquefied Natural Gas (13 Jul 2017)

Sharon Hodgson: I thank the Minister for his answer. Statebourne Cryogenics, based in my constituency, produces a world-first portable LNG refuelling station, which eliminates the release of methane into the atmosphere with significant cost reductions to the process. This is seen as an alternative to diesel for large HGVs, especially in the light of discussions around diesel pollution. Will the Minister...

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Topical Questions (13 Jul 2017)

Sharon Hodgson: Last year, Nexus published its ambitious plans to expand the Tyne and Wear Metro, which included a welcome reference to extending the metro to Washington in my constituency. Will the Minister assure me and my constituents that the Government will act to upgrade this crumbling 37-year-old network, and to ensure that the proposed extensions, such as that to Washington, go ahead?

Contaminated Blood (11 Jul 2017)

Sharon Hodgson: Thank you for your guidance, Mr Speaker. First and foremost, thanks must go to my outstanding hon. Friend the Member for Kingston upon Hull North (Diana Johnson), who has so valiantly campaigned on this issue for numerous years now. Without her and the dedicated resolve of her and all those she cited who have been involved in this campaign, we would not be where we are today. Thanks must...

Contaminated Blood (11 Jul 2017)

Sharon Hodgson: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention. The evidence on those things has been well documented, especially by the former Member for Leigh and my hon. Friend the Member for Kingston upon Hull North. Those who have lived with these conditions; who are brave enough to come forward; and who are at the sharp end of this heinous negligence and the recent uncovering reported in the Daily Mail...

Contaminated Blood (11 Jul 2017)

Sharon Hodgson: All of this evidence will have to be examined. In recent days, constituents affected by this scandal have been in contact with my office with intricate details that must be addressed. It is important that those questions, no matter how small they may be, are answered, as they reflect the issues that have inextricably affected that person’s whole life. It is most important that those...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Tobacco Control Plan (4 Jul 2017)

Sharon Hodgson: Last week marked the 10th anniversary of the smoking ban across the UK, but sadly the celebration was dampened by the fact that we have yet to see the Government’s new tobacco control plan, which was promised in December 2015. The previous two Health Ministers I have shadowed repeatedly said that we would see the plan shortly, but they failed to set out an updated strategy for working...

Digital Economy Bill: Universal service broadband obligations (26 Apr 2017)

Sharon Hodgson: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Gentleman, who I have got to know very well in our time campaigning on this issue during this and the last Parliament. It is a real delight that we have reached this stage and I rise to speak in favour of Lords amendments 246 and 247 on the resale of tickets. It is with great delight that I welcome the news that the Government accept those Lords amendments...

Digital Economy Bill: Universal service broadband obligations (26 Apr 2017)

Sharon Hodgson: Excellent. I was going to come on to that issue, following on from the hon. Member for Selby and Ainsty. I will have to remember not to press the Minister on it, because he has already addressed it. That is welcome and I am pleased that he has put it on the record. I also commend the sterling work over many years by colleagues on both sides of the House of Lords. Way back in 1997, the Labour...


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