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Welcome to the Washington and Sunderland West Labour Party
We are a hard-working team of elected representatives, volunteers and activists working to make the place we all live, better. We are delighted that the Labour run city council is now making great progress on the regeneration of our City Centre and the surrounding towns, building on the foundations laid by our previous leader Cllr Paul Watson to set the wheels in motion. Since the appointment of a new Chief Executive, the election of Cllr Graeme Miller as leader in 2018 and the cabinet he has put in place to drive that regeneration forward the future is looking bright.
Of course, we appreciate that it has been a long time coming but we look towards the future with real optimism following announcements of capital budget* investment into Washington in the form of £5 million for the northern area playing fields football hub, £4.5 million to develop the Washington ‘F’ Pit into a 21st century visitor attraction and heritage centre with modern learning facilities, council houses being built for the first time in almost 40 years and a £60 million investment into Hillthorn Park which will create 1600 jobs.
Our Sunderland wards have similarly benefitted from the efforts of our Labour run council to make the place we live the best medium sized city to live, work and play in the UK by 2030. Downhill Football Hub has seen £5 million invested and Hylton Castle has been transformed into a community and city asset, another reason for residents to be proud of the place we live. This is all despite a decade of Tory rule that has inflicted devastation on our region through cuts of more than £2 billion or £300 million every year in revenue budget* meaning that as a council it has become increasingly difficult to deliver services.
We currently have 49 Labour councillors on Sunderland City Council and our Member of Parliament, Sharon Hodgson, is a Labour MP. Sunderland Council and the city Councillors that make up its elected chamber have different responsibilities to Sharon but the content of this website will help you to learn more about whether it is Sharon or a Councillor that is responsible for dealing with your query.
*To learn more about the difference between the city council’s capital and revenue budgets and how they affect you go to the FAQs section of our website.