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Valerie Vaz MP: PR

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Valerie opens Opposition Day debate 

19 Jun 18

I opened the Opposition Day debate on the Parliamentary Constituencies Bill on Tuesday 19 June 2018.


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Eid Mubarak 

15 Jun 18

I wish Eid Mubarak to everyone celebrating Eid-al Fitr in the UK and across the world.


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Statement on the EU Withdrawal Bill 

14 Jun 18

There were important votes on the EU Withdrawal Bill on 12 and 13 June 2018.


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Business Questions 14 June 2018 

14 Jun 18

I asked the Leader of the House when the Government will publish its White Paper setting out its negotiating position with the European Union.


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Valerie raises Point of Order 

13 Jun 18

I raised the following Point of Order on 13 June 2018.


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Business Questions 7 June 2018 

7 Jun 18

I raised with the Leader of the House, the Government’s handling of the economy.


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Business Questions 24 May 2018 

24 May 18

I asked the Leader of the House if she could confirm whether any of the Bills relating to Europe will be debated in this place before the European Council meeting scheduled for 28 and 29 June? This Minority Government is too afraid to debate any Bill…


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Valerie speaks at Emergency Debate on Private Members’ Bills Money Resolutions 

21 May 18

On 21 May 2018, as Shadow Leader of the House I spoke in the Emergency Debate on Private Members’ Bills Money Resolutions.


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Business Question 17 May 2018 

17 May 18

I asked the Leader of the House when the Withdrawal Bill will be brought back to the House of Commons and when the customs Bill will come to the House on Report and Third Reading.


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Valerie meets with parliamentary delegation from Malta 

10 May 18

As a member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, on Wednesday 9 May 2018, I met with a delegation of Members from the House of Representatives in Malta as part of a bilateral exchange which took part from Tuesday 8 – Friday 11 May 2018.


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Valerie responds to urgent question 

10 May 18

As Shadow Leader of the House, I responded to an urgent question to the Leader of the House on the Government’s policy on introducing money resolutions for private Members’ Bills.


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Business Questions 10 May 2018 

10 May 18

I asked the Leader of the House when the so-called customs Bill—the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill—and the Trade Bill have their Report stage and Third Reading, and, more importantly, ​when will the withdrawal agreement and implementation …


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Business Questions 3 May 2018 

3 May 18

I raised with the Leader of the House the debate on postgraduate student nurses’ bursaries which the Government plans to abolish, despite them being so important in upskilling people and dealing with the skills shortage in the NHS.


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Valerie supports ‘EqualiTeas’ 

2 May 18

I supported ‘EqualiTeas’ in Parliament on 1 May 2018.


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Tribute to Lord Martin of Springburn 

1 May 18

As Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, I gave a tribute to Lord Martin of Springburn on 1 May 2018.


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Child burial fees abolished 

28 Apr 18

On Saturday 28 April 2018 I campaigned with Carolyn Harris MP in Walsall.


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Business Questions 26 April 2018 

26 Apr 18

I raised the treatment of the Windrush Generation again with the Leader of the House.


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Valerie Welcomes Students Walsall E-Act Academy 

20 Apr 18

I was delighted to welcome students from Walsall E-Act Academy to Parliament on 19 April 2018.


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Tracker on the progress of Brexit legislation 

20 Apr 18

You can keep track of the parliamentary progress of legislation introduced to implement Brexit on the Institute for Government’s website here: https://www.


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Business Questions 19 April 2018 

19 Apr 18

At Business Questions I raised the Government’s treatment of the Windrush Generation.


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Valerie responds to business statement 

16 Apr 18

On Monday 16 April 2018 I responded to the Leader of the Houses’ Business Statement.


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Business Questions 29 March 2018 

29 Mar 18

It is half time for the Article 50 process and regions are still anxious about what Brexit will mean for the.


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Valerie gives evidence to the Procedure Committee 

28 Mar 18

As Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, on Wednesday 28 March 2018, I gave oral evidence to the Procedure Committee for its inquiry into Voting by proxy in the House of Commons.


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Valerie speaks at Delegated Legislation Committee 

27 Mar 18

At a Delegated Legislation Committee on Tuesday 27 March 2018, I responded to the following motion: “That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that Her Majesty will appoint Sarah Chambers as an Electoral Commissioner with effect …


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Valerie says no to Sikh hate crime 

27 Mar 18

I attended Turban Awareness Day in Parliament on Tuesday 27 March 2018, organised by the Sikh Channel, to promote diversity and create awareness of the Sikh Turban, the Sikh Faith and its contribution to the British way of life, industry and culture.


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Valerie meets Epilepsy Action trustee and author Stephen Timewell 

26 Mar 18

It was great to meet Epilepsy Action trustee and author Stephen Timewell who has published his third book “Time Well Spent with Epilepsy”.


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Valerie wears purple to help raise awareness of epilepsy 

26 Mar 18

As Vice-Chair of the APPG on Epilepsy, I joined Epilepsy Action on Monday 26 March 2018 to celebrate Purple Day in Parliament.


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Valerie on BBC Radio 4 Westminster Hour 

25 Mar 18

I appeared on BBC Radio 4 Westminster Hour with Carolyn Quinn on Sunday 25 March 2018.


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Point of Order on nursing bursaries 

23 Mar 18

I raised a Point of Order on Thursday 22 March 2018.


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Business Questions 22 March 2018 

22 Mar 18

At Business Questions I raised the Brexit transition deal with the Leader of the House.


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Valerie signs letter to Home Secretary in support of Alfie Dingley 

20 Mar 18

I met Alfie Dingley’s father Drew Dingley in Parliament on 20 March 2018 which was organised by Rt Hon Sir Mike Penning MP.


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Valerie attends launch of Kew Gardens Science Collections Strategy 

15 Mar 18

I attended the launch of Kew Gardens Science Collections Strategy in Parliament on Thursday 15 March.


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Business Questions 15 March 2018 

15 Mar 18

I raised at Business Questions the Government’s Green Paper on the integration strategy in which Walsall was mentioned.


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Valerie responds to Urgent Question 

12 Mar 18

As Shadow Leader of the House, on Monday 12 March 2018, I responded to an Urgent Question on the treatment of House of Commons staff.


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Business Questions 8 March 2018 

8 Mar 18

At Business Questions on 8 March 2018, I raised nurses bursaries with the Leader of the House.


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Valerie meets with CPA Canada delegation 

5 Mar 18

As a member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), I met with the delegation from the Parliament of Canada on Monday 5 March 2018 in Parliament.


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Merit Awards 

4 Mar 18

I was delighted that Pat Halpin, who works hard for his community, was awarded with a Merit Award on Sunday 4 March 2018.


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Business Questions 1 March 2018 

1 Mar 18

I raised with the Leader of the House, the important work that police support staff do after the Member for Parliament for Walsall North, who voted to cut police budgets — the west midlands has had to face a cut of £145 million since 2010 — said…


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Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy 

28 Feb 18

On Wednesday 28 February 2018, I responded to the Leader of the House’s statement on the Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy.


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Valerie attends memorial service for Mary Turner 

27 Feb 18

I attended the Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Mary Turner at St Paul’s Cathedral on 27 February.


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Business Questions 22 February 2018 

22 Feb 18

I raised Brexit with the Leader of the House at Business Questions.


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Valerie celebrates Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 

21 Feb 18

Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 runs from 26 February to 11 March and this year’s theme is ‘Come On In!’ inviting people to learn more about the Fairtrade movement and how it impacts on the lives of farmers and producers around the world.


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Valerie supports UK Youth Rocketry Challenge 2018 

9 Feb 18

I supported the UK Youth Rocketry Challenge 2018 on Monday 5 February.


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Valerie responds to statement on the Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy 

8 Feb 18

The Working Group looking into Parliament’s independent complaints and grievance policy, of which I am a member of, published its report on 8 February 2018.


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Business Questions 8 February 2018 

8 Feb 18

At Business Questions on 8 February 2018, 2 days after the centenary of women getting the vote, I said that the test of a Government’s commitment is ‘deeds, not words’.


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Valerie meets Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Pérez Esquivel 

7 Feb 18

It was an honour to meet Adolfo Pérez Esquivel on Wednesday 7 February.


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Valerie celebrates centenary of women’s suffrage 

6 Feb 18

6 February 2018 marks 100 years since Parliament passed the 1918 Representation of the People Act which granted some women over 30 who owned a property, and all men, the right to vote in the UK for the first time.


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Valerie meets with Shaw Trust 

5 Feb 18

I met with Mark Hoda of Shaw Trust on Monday 5 February 2018.


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Valerie responds to debate on Baby Leave for MPs 

1 Feb 18

As Shadow Leader of the House, I responded to the debate on Baby Leave for Members of Parliament.


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Business Questions 1 February 2018 

1 Feb 18

This week I raised the quarterly police figures which show a 14% rise in recorded crime in England and Wales.







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