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Burntwood councillor warns plan to save £35million will be “harsh” on local communities 

25 Sep 18

A Burntwood councillor has said plans to save £35million will be “harsh” on local communities.


Rugby
No-deal Brexit will plunge Birmingham Airport into chaos, says Labour 

23 Sep 18

Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry says quitting the EU without a deal means planes won’t be able to take off…


Blog comment
Demand for Tories to explain change of heart over purchase of the Saddlers Centre 

19 Sep 18

Since gaining control of Walsall Council back in May this year, it would appear that the Tories have had a massive change of heart over their opposition to the purchase of the Saddlers Centre by the previous Labour/Lib Dem administration.


Sport
Hotshots start title defence with opening day victory 

18 Sep 18

BIDDING to retain the Premier Division championship won with the final frame of last season, Hotshots SC had a good start with a 4-1 win at home to Brandhall Labour.


News
Burntwood councillors warn school crossing patrols are an “essential service” as review could see them axed 

18 Sep 18

Councillors have warned lollipop men and women are an “essential service” that should not be considered as part of a plan to save £35million.


News
Boy of 8 injured in Bilston Shooting 

16 Sep 18

A man and his eight-year-old stepson have been injured in a shooting in Bilston.


Blog comment
Valerie responds to debate on proxy voting 

14 Sep 18

At the general debate on proxy voting on Thursday 14 September 2018, I responded to the the Leader of the House and closed the debate on behalf of the Opposition.


News
Councillor warns developers eyeing green belt land are only interested in profiting at the expense of Burntwood residents 

14 Sep 18

A councillor has warned a number of developers plotting to build on green belt land are only interested in profiting at the expense of people living in Burntwood.


Blog comment
Emma debates introducing proxy votes for MPs who become new parents 

13 Sep 18

Today, I spoke in Parliament about introducing proxy votes for MPs who become new parents.


Blog comment
Business Questions 13 September 2018 

13 Sep 18

I raised with the Leader of the House, the impact that a no deal Brexit will have on the UK.


Blog comment
Valerie speaks at ‘New Brooms’ launch in Parliament 

13 Sep 18

I spoke at the launch of the New Brooms book in Parliament on Wednesday 12 September 2018.


Blog comment
Valerie meets with delegation from Tobago 

12 Sep 18

As a member of the Commonwealth and Parliamentary Association, I met with a delegation of students and teachers from Tobago in Parliament on Wednesday 12 September 2018.


Blog comment
VALERIE VAZ MP SHOWS SUPPORT FOR BRITISH FARMING 

12 Sep 18

On Wednesday 12 September 2018, Valerie Vaz MP attended the National Farmers Union reception in Parliament to show support for British farming.


Blog politics
THE NEXT OSCOTT WARD COMMITTEE. 

12 Sep 18

The next Oscott ward Committee meeting will take place on 3rd October at the 610 Community Centre at 7pm.


Blog politics
THE GOVERNMENT NEED TO GIVE MORE FUNDING TO THE POLICE AND COUNCIL TO HELP COMBAT DANGEROUS SPEEDING IN PLACES LIKE OSCOTT 

11 Sep 18

I have been out and about looking at speeding issues in a number of Oscott roads all of which have been reported again to the Police and Transportation department.


Blog politics
OSCOTT MANOR SCHOOL GATE TO BE REPAIRED 

11 Sep 18

Despite the pouring rain I have been on site again checking on the state of the damaged Oscott Manor school gate Lingfield Road The contractor are on site deciding how best to repair the gate.


Blog politics
TEMPLETON TOAD PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY CLEANED UP 

11 Sep 18

I would like to thank the Clean up crew who have responded quIckly to my request for the awful fly tipping in the Templeton Road to Old Oscott Hill privately owned public right of way hey have done a great job.


News
Councillors insist they’ll take fight to save Burntwood green belt land to Local Plan inquiry 

10 Sep 18

Burntwood councillors have insisted the fight to save the town’s green belt land will go on.


Blog comment
Birmingham Conservatives call on council to reject city charging zone 

10 Sep 18

Claim that council consultation responses comprehensively reject Labour Travel Tax plan on private vehicles.


Blog comment
Emma Reynolds asks people to join organ donation register and to tell their families about their wishes 

9 Sep 18

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, is asking people already on the register in Wolverhampton to talk to their family about organ donation and make it clear if they want to save lives.


Blog politics
OSCOTT RESIDENTS THANK YOU FOR YOUR VEIWS ON PARISH COUNCILS 

9 Sep 18

Many thanks to all those Oscott residents ( and others?) who when I have spoken to them have given me their views on Parish Councils (or emailed me with them).


Blog feature
Ex-Conservative councillor “transitions” and stands as a Labour candidate in Stowe by-election 

8 Sep 18

In a dramatic move renegade Conservative ex-councilor Joanne Grange is standing in the Stowe ward by-election as her alter ego, the ‘70’s Labour activist Don Palmer.


Blog politics
THE 1610 COMMUNITY CENTRE HAS A RANGE OF ACTIVIES FOR MOST PEOPLE 

8 Sep 18

Popped into the 610 Community Centre.


Blog comment
Sandwell Staff Costs – Highest in West Mids! 

8 Sep 18

This blog has repeatedly shown that Jan Britton’s bent paid service in the Labour Dictatorship of Sandwell is a byword for fraud, corruption, cronyism and incompetence but according to figures sent to me anonymously this morning it is also the most …


Rugby
People in these jobs will not face Birmingham clean air charge in the first year 

7 Sep 18

But Labour bosses accused of ‘taxing car owners for the privilege of using city centre…


Blog politics
AGE uk BIRDBROOK ROAD ARE KEEPING BUSY 

7 Sep 18

I was please to be able to pop into the AgeUK Centre on Birdbrook Road recently.


Blog comment
Emma Reynolds joins GMB protest against Amazon for poor working conditions 

7 Sep 18

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, yesterday joined a protest at Amazon’s major Rugeley depot in the West Midlands to highlight serious examples of poor working conditions.


Blog politics
AN ENJOYABLE VISIT TO OSCOTT MANNER SCHOOL 

6 Sep 18

With Head Teacher Vicky Miller I was pleased to visit the OscottManner school today where I was introduced to young people who attend there and the staff.


Blog comment
Business Questions 6 September 2018 

6 Sep 18

At the first Business Questions after the Summer Recess, I raised with the Leader of the House the chaos of the roll-out of universal credit.


News
By-election candidate says ex-Tory councillor’s Labour support shows council leader must consider his position 

6 Sep 18

A by-election candidate has said a former Conservative councillor’s decision to back Labour in the upcoming vote is proof the leader of Lichfield District Council needs to consider his position.


Blog politics
A BUSY SURGERY TONIGHT 

5 Sep 18

There was a good turn out at the Oscott Councillors surgery tonight.


News
Hate crime law to be reviewed amid calls to include misogyny 

5 Sep 18

Labour’s Stella Creasy urged the Government to fund a Law Commission review into hate crime in new and existing legislation…


Blog politics
MORE FLY TIPPING IN OSCOTT IT HAS TO BE STOPPED. 

5 Sep 18

There has been more disgusting fly tipping in the Oscott area.


Blog politics
MY NEXT COUNCILLORS SURGERY TODAY WED 5TH SEPT 7PM AT THE 610 COMMUNITY CENTRE 

5 Sep 18

I will be attending the next Oscott Councillors surgery this evening at 7pm.


Blog comment
Emma calls for compensation for Paulette Wilson and other members of the Windrush generation 

4 Sep 18

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has renewed her call on the government to compensate her constituent Paulette Wilson and the many other members of the Windrush generation who were treated in the most appalling and inhumane way …


Blog comment
Opportunities for schools to engage in Parliament 

4 Sep 18

I am delighted that between September 2017 and August 2018 247 students participated in the Education Visits Programme from the following Walsall South schools: Abu Bakr Girls, Barr Beacon, Delves Infant, Grace Academy Darlaston, Joseph Leckie …


Blog politics
TRYING TO GET A COUNCIL HOUSE IN OSCOTT FIT TO LET 

4 Sep 18

I have been concerned in the delay in getting a void Council Property in Darleydale Avenue back into the Council Housing system in order for a family to have a home.


News
Former Conservative councillor urges residents to vote for Labour candidate in Lichfield by-election 

4 Sep 18

A former Conservative councillor has urged residents to vote for Labour in order to get a better balance on Lichfield District Council.


News
Misogyny could become a hate crime – here’s what MPs are voting on 

4 Sep 18

Labour MP Stella Creasy is seeking an amendment to new anti-voyeurism legislation…


Blog comment
Birmingham councillor critical of development proposals 

4 Sep 18

“Rubbish dump” claim over park site.


Blog politics
SCHOOL SECURITY NEEDS TO BE IMPROVED 

3 Sep 18

I am still chasing up getting better security for the Manor Valley School.


Blog politics
IT IS SAD HOW DIRTY SOME PEOPLE CAN BE 

3 Sep 18

You would hardly believe how dirty some people can be.


News
Candidates confirmed for Lichfield District Council Stowe ward by-election 

3 Sep 18

Three candidates will contest a by-election for a vacant seat on Lichfield District Council.


Blog politics
MORE FLY TIPPING IN OSCOTT IT HAS TO STOP 

1 Sep 18

Sadly there has been yet more dirty people fly tipping near the Old Oscott Hill / Oscott School Lane junction despite signs saying the recycling bank was not in use.


Blog politics
When Will The Council’s Bin Deal Be Implemented? 

31 Aug 18

This evening I was on BBC One Midlands Today and the Paul Franks show on Radio WM – asking why the Council’s bin deal isn’t being implemented on Sept 1st as promised by the Labour Leader of the Council at the June Council meeting.


Rugby
Birmingham MP Steve McCabe says Frank Field resignation is ‘absolute proof that Labour must tackle anti-Semitism’ 

30 Aug 18

After Frank Field announces he’s resigning as a Labour MP, Birmingham MP Steve McCabe says the party must end the anti-Semitism row without delay…


Blog comment
Emma sends her best wishes to everyone taking part in Sunday’s Half-Marathon events 

30 Aug 18

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East is sending her best wishes to all the participants in Sunday’s Half-Marathon races.


Blog politics
DO YOU WANT A PARISH COUNCIL TO COVER THE OSCOTT AREA? 

30 Aug 18

Oscott residents as you may be aware the Birmingham Council is considering the idea of introducing parish councils.


Local news
MP invites young people to engage in ‘Pizza & Politics’ 

29 Aug 18

A local MP is inviting young people in his constituency to get engaged by offering them  ‘Pizza Politics’ .


News
Lichfield District Council leader insists Friarsgate Plan B working group will be cross-party 

29 Aug 18

The leader of Lichfield District Council has insisted a group looking at a new plan for the Friarsgate land will be cross-party.







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