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Sharon Hodgson MP (born 1 April 1966) is a British Labour Party politician. She was first elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Washington and Sunderland West in 2010, but previously served as the MP for Gateshead East and Washington West.

Sharon Hodgson

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Shadow Minister for Public Health
Assumed office
10 October 2016
Preceded byAndrew Gwynne
Member of Parliament
for Washington and Sunderland West
Gateshead East and Washington West
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded byJoyce Quin
Majority12,940 (31.9%)
Personal details
Born (1966-04-01) 1 April 1966 (age 53)
Gateshead, County Durham, England
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Alan Hodgson[1]


Early lifeEdit

Hodgson was born in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear and was educated locally at Greenwell Junior High School and Heathfield Senior High School, where she obtained eight O-Levels. After leaving school, she worked as an accounts clerk in the Team Valley, then attended Newcastle College and the Trades Union Congress Academy in London.[3]

Hodgson later worked for Northern Rock in Gosforth, and then as a payroll and accounting clerk for local companies. After being a full-time mother for a few years in the mid-1990s, and volunteering for the Labour Party in Stockton-on-Tees during the 1997 general election campaign, she became a party organiser in 1999.

In 2000, she became the local Party organiser for two years in the Mitcham and Morden constituency, helping the sitting Labour MP Siobhain McDonagh to be re-elected at the 2001 general election. Before her election to Parliament, Hodgson worked as Labour Link Officer for UNISON.

She was elected for two years as the women's officer within the Tyne Bridge Constituency Labour Party (CLP) in 1998. In 2002, she was elected as the secretary of the Mitcham and Morden CLP in the London Borough of Merton.

Parliamentary careerEdit

In 2004, Hodgson was chosen as the official Labour candidate for Gateshead East and Washington West at the 2005 general election. Her selection followed the retirement of the sitting Labour MP Joyce Quin, and came about as a result of an all-woman shortlist.[4] Hodgson held the seat with a majority of 13,407 votes, and gave her maiden speech in the House of Commons on 25 May 2005.[5]

Hodgson is a member of the Labour Friends of Israel and has served as vice-chair.[6]

Following boundary changes, the constituency of Gateshead East and Washington West was abolished and replaced by two new seats, Gateshead and Washington and Sunderland West at the 2010 general election. David Clelland, then MP for Tyne Bridge was chosen in December 2006 by Labour Party members to become the candidate for the Gateshead constituency at the next general election.

Following her failure to be selected for the Gateshead seat, Hodgson announced her intention to run for selection as the Labour Party candidate for the new Washington and Sunderland West seat in September 2007, and she was selected. She was elected as the MP for that seat in the 2010 general election with a majority of 11,458.[7]

In Parliament, she has served on several select committees since her election in 2005, including the North East Regional Committee and the Children Schools and Families Committee. She has also served as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Liam Byrne in the Home Office, Bob Ainsworth at the Ministry of Defence and Dawn Primarolo at the Department of Health. In June 2009, Hodgson was promoted to the position of assistant Government Whip.[8]

In opposition, the then Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband, appointed Hodgson to the Shadow Children and Families Office in October 2010.[9] She supported Owen Smith in the failed attempt to replace Jeremy Corbyn in the 2016 Labour Party (UK) leadership election.[10] Following this she became the Shadow Minister for Public Health.[11]


  1. ^ "The Register of Members' Financial Interests: Part 2". House of Commons. 27 March 2008. Archived from the original on 18 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Christianity in Public Life". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). House of Commons. 11 March 2009. col. 110WH–112WH. Archived from the original on 15 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Westminster dream of a working class girl". Darlington and Stockton Times. 5 July 2004. Archived from the original on 17 January 2014.
  4. ^ "All-women shortlists" (PDF). House of Commons Library. 21 October 2009. Archived (PDF) from the original on 16 October 2012.
  5. ^ "The Economy and Welfare Reform". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). House of Commons. 25 May 2005. col. 803–806. Archived from the original on 15 February 2017.
  6. ^ "MPs flock to support Labour Israel group". The Jewish Chronicle. 22 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Washington & Sunderland West". BBC News. 6 May 2010. Archived from the original on 23 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Mrs Sharon Hodgson MP". UK Parliament. Archived from the original on 29 July 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Labour Shadow Cabinet". The Labour Party. Archived from the original on 6 January 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  10. ^ "Full list of MPs and MEPs backing challenger Owen Smith". LabourList. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  11. ^ Price, Daniel (11 October 2016). "Wearside MP Sharon Hodgson 'honoured' after returning to shadow cabinet - three months after resigning". Sunderland Echo. Archived from the original on 12 October 2016. Retrieved 11 October 2016.

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