Sharon Hodgson MP

Shadow Minister for Public Health and Member of Parliament for Washington and Sunderland West

We are delighted to announce that Sharon Hodgson MP will deliver the opening address on day one. 

About Sharon - Sharon was elected to Parliament for the Gateshead East and Washington West constituency in 2005. In her first term she served as a Parliamentary Private Secretary to Home Office, Defence and Health Ministers, as well as sitting on the Children, Schools and Families, Regulatory Reform and the North East Regional Select Committees. In 2009, Sharon was appointed a Government Whip.

Following boundary changes, Sharon was elected for the new seat of Washington and Sunderland West in 2010, initially reprising her role as an Opposition Whip, before being appointed Shadow Minister for Children and Families in Ed Miliband's first reshuffle later that year, taking on responsibility for scrutinising government policy on early years education, special educational needs and family policy. In October 2013 Sharon was appointed Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities and in May 2015, was again appointed to her former role as Shadow Children and Families Minister by Harriet Harman.

In Jeremy Corbyn's first reshuffle Sharon remained in the Education team, as the Shadow Children's Minister, until June 2016 when she returned to the backbenches. On the appointment of his new frontbench in October 2016, Sharon was asked to returned to the frontbench as Shadow Minister for Public Health and has remained in this role following the 2017 General Election. Sharon is also Chair, Co-Chair and Vice-Chair of a number of All-Party Parliamentary Groups including Breast Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Ticket Abuse, Arts, Craft and Design in Education, School Food, Dyslexia and SpLD, Music and Video Games.

Up until her election in 2005, Sharon worked for the UNISON trade union as Labour Link co-ordinator. Previously she worked as a Labour Party organiser, a charity administrator and as a book-keeper for Northern Rock.

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