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Holocaust Educational Trust Reception 

17 Jan 18

Saturday 27th January will mark the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.


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Business Questions 11 January 2018 

11 Jan 18

At Business Questions this week, following on from the Opposition day debate yesterday, I raised the NHS Winter Crisis.


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Rail Franchising Opposition Day Debate 

10 Jan 18

On Wednesday 10 January 2018 an Opposition Day Debate was held on Rail Franchising.


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NHS Winter Crisis Opposition Day Debate 

10 Jan 18

On Wednesday 10 January 2018 an Opposition Day Debate was held on the NHS Winter Crisis.


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Valerie interviewed for The House Magazine 

3 Jan 18

I was interviewed by Sebastian Whale for The House Magazine in which I discussed my role as Shadow Leader of the House and my holding the Government to account.


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December 2017 eNews 

3 Jan 18

The December 2017 of my eNews is available to read here .


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My article for Walsall Advertiser 

29 Dec 17

As the chimes of Big Ben rang out for the start of 2017, little did we know what an eventful year it would turn out to be.


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Statement on independent complaints and grievance policy 

21 Dec 17

The leader of the House made a statement on the progress of the working group looking into Parliament’s independent complaints and grievance policy, of which I am a member.


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Business Questions 21 December 2017 

21 Dec 17

During this weeks Business Questions I asked for adequate time for a debate and vote on Accountable Care Organisations in relation to an integrated health and social care system.


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European Union Withdrawal Bill (Update 5) 

21 Dec 17

On the final day of eight committee days on the European Union Withdrawal Bill, the Government has had to stepped back from its position of having a fixed date for leaving the EU.


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Valerie Supports Equality Impact Assessment Amendment 

18 Dec 17

I support Dawn Butler MP’s, Shadow Women and Equalities Secretary, Equality Impact Assessment Amendment to the Finance Bill.


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Valerie visits Walsall Council’s Black Country Impact Team 

15 Dec 17

In Walsall today I visited Walsall Council’s Black Country Impact Team.


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Valerie supports Postal Workers 

15 Dec 17

I celebrated National Postal Workers Day and support Labour’s to renationalise the Royal Mail and end cuts to the Post Office network.


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Business Questions 14 December 2017 

14 Dec 17

During this weeks Business Questions I remembered those who died at Glenfell Tower and asked why the Prime Minister has not, 6 months later, failed to meet her own three week target to rehouse everybody affected by the tragedy.


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Parliament to receive a meaningful vote on EU deal 

14 Dec 17

Last night I voted for Parliament to receive a meaningful vote on the final deal on withdrawing from the EU.


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Valerie writes to the Chancellor to correct the record 

13 Dec 17

I raised at Business Questions 7 December 2017 the comments made by the Chancellor in his financial statement to the House 22 November 2017 on Labour’s history on tackling tax avoidance and evasion.


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European Union Withdrawal Bill (Update 4) 

13 Dec 17

In the first six days of committee days for the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill , Conservative MPs voted down Labour’s amendments to protect workers’ rights, safeguard environmental and animal welfare standards, to legislate for strong …


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Valerie to meet with residents to discuss road traffic safety on Pinfold Lane 

11 Dec 17

I will meet with residents of Beacon Heights on Friday 15 December 2017 to discuss concerns relating to a number of incidents along Pinfold Lane and Old Hall Lane.


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My article for Walsall Advertiser 

11 Dec 17

As we open a window on our Advent calendar or light the Advent candle, I am reminded that Advent is a time of preparation for the celebration of the nativity of Jesus.


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Human Rights Day 

8 Dec 17

On United Nations’ Human Rights Day we should not only celebrate our freedoms but also speak out against the injustices and abuses suffered by many around the world.


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Business Questions 7 December 2017 

7 Dec 17

During Business Questions I called for an Urgent Debate on the state of poverty in the UK.


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Valerie backs Unicef UK’s Baby Friendly Initiative 

6 Dec 17

On Tuesday 5 December 2017 I supported Unicef UK’s Baby Friendly Initiative on Breastfeeding.


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Universal Credit Debate 

6 Dec 17

Tuesday 6 December saw Parliament have an important debate on the Government’s Universal Credit scheme as it has driven debt, arrears and evictions which has caused real suffering for people acorss the UK.


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European Union Withdrawal Bill Update 

5 Dec 17

Valerie said: “Monday 4 December 2017 saw the fourth day of the European Union Withdrawal Bill in Committee Stages.


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The Boundaries Bill 

1 Dec 17

Valerie said: “On Friday 1 December 2017 I voted to support the Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill at its second reading and it will now move on to its Committee Stage.


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Business Questions 30 November 2017 

30 Nov 17

During Business Questions I raised a constituent who has been penalised in her Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment and called for parity of esteem in PIP assessments; and called for a statement to set how the Government are dealing with …


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‘More Memories of Darlaston Over the Years’ 

25 Nov 17

Stories from families and friends who have spent most of their lives living and working in Darlaston have been shared in Tony Highfield’s book titled ‘More Memories of Darlaston Over the Years’.


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Valerie hosted a Disability Confident event at Walsall Council 

24 Nov 17

I would like to thank all the people that have made this event happen, it is really good to see the collaborative partnership working between the Local Authority and Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).


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Business Questions 23 November 2017 

23 Nov 17

During Business Questions I raised the delay of the Restoration and Renewal Debate in parliament, with a date now 14 months after the report was published.


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Business Questions 23 November 2017 

23 Nov 17

During Business Questions I raised the delay of the Restoration and Renewal Debate in parliament, with a date now 14 months after the report was published.


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My article for Walsall Advertiser 

23 Nov 17

In Westminster there is a growing anticipation around the Budget Statement and calls from the Opposition to end the austerity measures of the last 7 years.


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Statement on Parliament’s independent complaints and grievance policy 

16 Nov 17

I thank the Leader of the House for her statement and for letting me have sight of it, albeit late last night.


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Business Questions 16 November 2017 

16 Nov 17

Here is my speech at Business Questions this week: I thank the Leader of the House for the forthcoming business.


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Valerie welcomes members of the Youth Parliament 

14 Nov 17

On Friday 10 November 2017 Valerie Vaz MP addressed Members of the Youth Parliament sitting for the 9th time in the House of Commons.


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Parliament Week 2017 

14 Nov 17

Valerie is pleased to support Parliament Week which runs from the 13-19 November 2017.


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Remembrance Sunday 2017 

12 Nov 17

Valerie said: “On Sunday 12 November 2017 I attended the Remembrance Sunday Civic Procession.


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Burma Update 

10 Nov 17

Valerie said: “During my time in Parliament I have raised the issue of Burma a number of times with Ministers and the Leader of the House at Business Questions.


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Finance Bill 

3 Nov 17

On Tuesday 31 October 2017 Parliament debated the the third reading of the Finance Bill.


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Business Questions 2 November 2017 

2 Nov 17

Here is my speech at Business Questions this week: I thank the Leader of the House for the forthcoming business up to 17 November, and I think most people know that the Budget is on 22 November.


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Government defeat on Brexit Economic Impact Studies 

1 Nov 17

On Wednesday 1 November an Opposition Day Motion passed to order the Government to release the Brexit Economic Impact Studies.


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Valerie attends Black Country Showcase Event 

1 Nov 17

I attended the Black Country Showcase Event in Parliament on 1 November 2017 hosted by Ian Austin MP for Dudley North.


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Urgent Statement on Sexual Harassment in Parliament 

30 Oct 17

On Monday 30 October 2017 Leader of the House made an Urgent Statement on the Government’s plans to tackle sexual harassment in Parliament.


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Business Questions 26 October 2017 

26 Oct 17

Here is my speech at Business Questions this week: I thank the Leader of the House for giving us the business.


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Valerie meets with Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry 

23 Oct 17

I met with Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry, former Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir and President of PTI Kashmir, at the Kashmir APPG chaired by Chris Leslie MP in Parliament on Monday 23 October 2017.


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Valerie attends Palfrey Health and Wellbeing Day 

21 Oct 17

I attended Palfrey Health and Wellbeing #iMatter Day at Palfrey Community Association on Saturday 21 October 2017 to raise awareness of health issues and empower local residents about the importance of prevention and early intervention.


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Business Questions 19 October 2017 

19 Oct 17

At Business Questions I raised the following questions with the Leader of the House: I thank the Leader of the House for the forthcoming business—again, it is just for one week, not two—and also join her in wishing everybody peace and prosperity…


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Valerie attends Opposition Day debate on Universal Credit 

18 Oct 17

On 18 October 2017 I attended the Opposition Day debate on Universal Credit to urge Government to pause Universal Credit and stop driving up poverty and homelessness.


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Valerie visits Queen Mary’s Grammar School to present Speaker’s School Council Award 

13 Oct 17

On 13 October 2017 I was delighted to present the School Council at Queen Mary’s Grammar School with the runner-up plaque in the 17-19 year old category of the Speaker’s School Council Award for their ‘Change Your Mind’ project.


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Business Questions 12 October 2017 

12 Oct 17

As Shadow Leader of the House, I raised a number of questions at the first Business Questions following the Conference Recess.


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Valerie speaks at emergency debate on Government and Parliamentary proceedings 

10 Oct 17

On 10 October 2017 I took part in an emergency debate on the Government’s policy in relation to the proceedings of the House of Commons.





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