Statement on Motion to support the Iraqi Government 26 September 2014

September 26th, 2014
ISIL Motion 26Sep2014

On Friday 26 September 2014 Parliament was recalled to debate the Government’s proposal for UK air strikes to provide military support to the Government of Iraq. Valerie said: “ISIL are a brutal, murderous regime whose campaign of atrocities against people …

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Meetings at the Conference 2014 in Manchester

September 23rd, 2014
Meeting Logos 2

The Annual Labour Party Conference took place this year in Manchester, from 21 to 24 September 2014. During the Conference Valerie held meetings with charities and organisations. Valerie said: “I met with the Football Foundation, Britain’s largest charity promoting youth …

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Valerie attends ‘Diversity Nite’ celebration in Manchester

September 22nd, 2014

On Monday 22 September 2014, Valerie attended the ‘Diversity Nite’ a celebration of Britain’s ethnic and cultural diversity, and was attended by the Indian High Commissioner, the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, the Rt Hon Harriet Harman, Rt Hon …

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Valerie supports guarantee 0.7% of national income to be spent on international development

September 12th, 2014
Aid poster

On Friday 12 September 2014 Valerie voted for the Second Reading of the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill 2014-15, which enshrines into law a commitment to spending 0.7% of national income on international development aid. Valerie said: “Over …

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Valerie raises a Code of Practice in the NHS

September 11th, 2014
Valerie raises NHS code of practice

At Business Questions on 11 September 2014, Valerie raised possibility of a Code of Practice in the NHS. Speaking to the Leader of the House of Commons Rt Hon William Hague MP, Valerie asked: “May we have an urgent statement …

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Valerie raises scientific advice at BIS Questions

September 11th, 2014
Valerie raises government's use of science

At Business, Innovation and Skills Questions on 11 September 2014, Valerie raised the issue of how scientific advice was being utilised across government departments. Listed on the order paper at question No 12, Valerie asked “What steps is his Department …

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Valerie and Walsall Pensioners’ Convention present bus pass petition to Downing Street

September 11th, 2014
Valerie with Walsall Pensioners parliament background (lightened)

On Wednesday 10 September 2014 Valerie met the Walsall Pensioners’ Convention who presented a petition of over 152,000 signatures to Downing Street, asking for assurances that the bus pass for the over 60s will be retained in its current form. …

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National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence at Health Select Committee

September 10th, 2014
Valerie speaks at Health Committee regarding

On Tuesday 2 September 2014, the Health Select Committee, of which Valerie is a member, heard evidence from Professor David Haslam and Sir Andrew Dillon, the Chair and the Chief Executive respectively of the National Institute for Health and Clinical …

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