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Valerie Vaz MP: PR

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Business Questions 20 July 2017 

20 Jul 17

It is the last day of Parliament before Summer Recess and I raised various issues with the Leader of the House, Andrea Leadsom MP.


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My article for Huffington Post 

17 Jul 17

Here is my article ‘Theresa May Is Saddling Britain With A Zombie Government’ published in the Huffington Post on 17 July 2017: Last week following the Taylor review, the Prime Minister said that “through debate and discussion – the …


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Valerie moves emergency debate on the Scheduling of Parliamentary Business 

17 Jul 17

I was granted an emergency debate (Standing Order No.


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Valerie visits the Bus Library at Old Church Primary School 

14 Jul 17

When I attended the Summer Reading Challenge event in Parliament, I met with Anne Sarrag the Head of Children’s Reading at The Reading Agency and requested books to give to Old Church Primary School for their ‘Party on the Playground’ event.


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Valerie visits Whitehall Junior to meet the School Council 

14 Jul 17

I had a discussion with Whitehall Junior School Council on 14 July 2017 – a group of elected children across the pupils’ community, with each class having a School Council representative.


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Business Questions 13 July 2017 

13 Jul 17

As Shadow Leader of the House I raised various issues with the Leader of the House, Andrea Leadsom MP, including why the Government are refusing to schedule debates.


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Valerie welcomes inquiry into contaminated blood 

12 Jul 17

The government’s announcement of an inquiry into the NHS contaminated blood scandal is long overdue.


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Valerie visits Manor Hospital to see the new Gamma Camera 

7 Jul 17

I visited Walsall Manor Hospital to see the new state of the art Gamma Camera on Friday 7 July 2017.


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Business Questions 6 July 2017 

6 Jul 17

At Business Questions I raised various issues with the Leader of the House, Andrea Leadsom MP.


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Valerie pledges support for musicians post-Brexit 

5 Jul 17

Today I was pleased to pledge support for professional performers and musicians in Walsall South in their continued work post-Brexit.


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Valerie speaks at Unity in the Community Rally 

1 Jul 17

I was delighted to speak at the Unity in the Community Rally on Saturday 1 July 2017.


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Valerie attends St Matthew’s Community Day 

1 Jul 17

On Saturday 1 July 2017 I attended St Matthew’s Community Day, an annual event hosted by St Matthew’s Church to bring together the community and families of Walsall.


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Valerie visits LoCal Homes Factory 

30 Jun 17

I was delighted to visit LoCal Homes Factory on Friday 30 June 2017 which uses low carbon timber frames and a range of innovative techniques to build homes that are energy efficient and affordable in Walsall South.


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Business Questions 29 June 2017 

29 Jun 17

As Shadow Leader of the House I raised various issues at Business Questions with the Leader of the House, Andrea Leadsom MP.


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Record number of BAME MP’s in Parliament 

28 Jun 17

On Wednesday 28 June 2017 11 new MP’s from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds took their seats in Parliament.


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Valerie writes to Walsall MBC and housing providers on fire safety in Walsall 

27 Jun 17

The tragedy at Grenfell Tower in Kensington is shocking.


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Valerie supports campaign for every child to join local library 

27 Jun 17

I support the campaign run by The Reading Agency to encourage all children to take part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, which launches across England and Wales on Saturday 15 July 2017.


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Valerie attends unveiling of memorial plaque for Jo Cox 

26 Jun 17

Jo Cox was a talented and valued colleague and friend.


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Business Questions 22 June 2017 

22 Jun 17

In the first week of a new Parliament, I returned to the Despatch Box as the re-appointed Shadow Leader of the House.


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Valerie re-appointed as Shadow Leader of the House 

15 Jun 17

I want to thank everyone who voted, sent messages of support, and to the incredible team of volunteers, Labour Party members, and my wonderful family for their unwavering support.


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Find your polling station 

7 Jun 17

The General Election on 8th June 2017 is a choice about the future of our country.


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Vote Labour on 8th June to stand up for the environment 

6 Jun 17

I joined a constituent on Walstead Road and Delves Crescent yesterday whilst he took down an air monitoring tube.


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Valerie visits St. Paul’s at the Crossing for Ramadan meal 

6 Jun 17

I visited St.


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Valerie speaks to students at Walsall College 

5 Jun 17

I enjoyed speaking to students at Walsall College on Monday 5 June 2017 about what a Labour government will do for young people.


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Valerie speaks to passengers at Walsall railway station 

2 Jun 17

Great response on Thursday 1 June 2017 putting out Labour’s rail policies to passengers at Walsall Station.


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Darlaston Health Centre 

31 May 17

A concerned constituent contacted me about the entrance to Darlaston Health Centre on Pinfold Street, as access to the practice, particularly for disabled people, had been restricted.


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Valerie campaigns with Dan Jarvis in Walsall 

30 May 17

I am delighted that my colleague Dan Jarvis was able to visit us in Walsall South to highlight Labour’s manifesto policy to fund free parking for patients, staff and visitors by increasing the tax on private medical insurance premiums.


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The Labour Party Manifesto 2017 

30 May 17

The Labour Party stands up for the many, not the few.


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Vigil at the Crossing at St Paul’s 

25 May 17

Reverend Mark Kinder organised and led a vigil at the Crossing at St Paul’s on Tuesday 23 May 2017 to remember those who were killed in Manchester.


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Multi-faith discussion 

23 May 17

I joined a multi-faith discussion, broadcasted by Kanshi TV, to reflect on the Manchester atrocity and talk about the issues that affect each community.


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Valerie attends open day of Zia-E-Madinah Masjid 

20 May 17

On Saturday 20 May 2017 I attended the open day of Zia-E-Madinah Masjid in Darlaston.


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Valerie visits Palfrey Sure Start 

18 May 17

It was a pleasure to visit Palfrey Sure Start’s mother and baby clinic on Thursday 18 May 2017 to meet its hardworking team and see the children enjoying themselves.


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Valerie chairs Q&A session with Keir Starmer in Walsall 

17 May 17

I was delighted to chair a question and answer session with Keir Starmer, Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, at the Park Inn hotel in Walsall on Wednesday 17 May 2017.


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Valerie writes to Walsall MBC on grass verge parking 

25 Apr 17

On 24 April 2017, I wrote to the Chief Executive of Walsall MBC to outline my constituents’ concerns on grass verge parking on Walstead Road, and to inform the Council that local authorities have the power to solve this issue.


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Valerie attends Walking the Fair event in Walsall 

21 Apr 17

I was delighted to keep a Walsall tradition alive and take part in the ceremony of Walking the Fair, an annual event which dates back as far as 1662.


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Business Questions 20 April 2017 

20 Apr 17

Following the recent announcement of a General Election, Business Questions to the leader of the House was the last before Parliament is Prorogued and there is a dissolution of Parliament.


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Valerie celebrates Vaisakhi in Parliament 

18 Apr 17

I attended the Vaisakhi celebrations in Parliament on Tuesday 18 April 2017 organised by Pat McFadden, Labour MP for Wolverhampton South East.


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Business of the House Statement 18 April 2017 

18 Apr 17

Parliament returned after the Easter Recess and I responded to a statement made by the Leader of the House, Rt Hon David Lidington MP, on the motion for a Early Parliamentary General Election.


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Valerie’s blog for Walsall Advertiser 

31 Mar 17

We live in a free, democratic society which is something we take for granted.


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Business Questions 30 March 2017 

30 Mar 17

Following the trigger of Article 50, I raised various issues with the Leader of the House, Rt Hon David Lidington MP.


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Valerie visits Moorcroft Wood Primary School 

30 Mar 17

It was a pleasure to meet with pupils and staff at Moorcroft Wood Primary School on Friday 24 March 2017.


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Business Questions 23 March 2017 

23 Mar 17

At Business Questions I paid tribute to PC Keith Palmer, the police, the security service and emergency services, before I raised various issues with the Leader of the House, Rt Hon David Lidington MP.


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Business Questions 16 March 2017 

16 Mar 17

As Shadow Leader of the House I asked the Leader of the House, Rt Hon David Lidington MP, a number of issues at Business Questions.


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European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: Lords Amendments 

13 Mar 17

On Monday evening I voted in favour of the two amendments agreed in the House of Lords to the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill.


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Valerie meets with Cardinal Bo to discuss the situation in Burma 

13 Mar 17

I met with His Eminence Cardinal Charles Maung Bo Archbishop of Yangon and Ben Rogers, East Asia Team Leader for Christian Solidarity Worldwide, on Monday 13 March 2017 for an update on the situation in Burma.


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Valerie meets pupils from Abu Bakhr School 

9 Mar 17

I was delighted to catch up with pupils from Abu Bakhr School in my constituency.


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Business Questions 9 March 2017 

9 Mar 17

At Business Questions I raised various issues with the Leader of the House, Rt Hon David Lidington MP.


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Emily Wilding Davison Memorial Lecture 8 March 2017 

8 Mar 17

I was delighted to be asked to speak at the Inaugural Lecture of the Politics and International Relations Society on International Women’s Day at Bedford College and Royal Holloway.


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Valerie attends A Taste of Bath and North East Somerset 

7 Mar 17

Bath and North Somerset came to the Jubilee Room in the House of Commons on Tuesday 7 March 2017 hosted by local MPs Ben Howlett MP and Jacob Rees-Mogg MP (left).


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Valerie supports ‘It’s our NHS’ and ‘Stand up to Racism’ rallies in March 2017 

6 Mar 17

The Union od Shop Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw) has pledged to promote the ‘It’s our NHS’ and ‘Stand up to Racism’ demonstration rallies that are taking place in March 2017.







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