Valerie calls for consistency and fairness in airline instrument policies

April 8th, 2011
Valerie with violinist Nicola Benedetti

Valerie has written to UK airlines asking them to clarify their current policies on the carriage of musical instruments on aeroplanes.    Having raised the matter during Business Questions in the House of Commons on 3rd February 2011, Valerie is …

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Valerie Visits Walsall Ecohouse

April 6th, 2011
Walsall EcoHouse

Valerie  visited the Walsall Ecohouse to see how the owners, Martin and Jane Normanton, managed to cut their energy use and carbon emissions by 70%. Mr Normanton emphasised the importance of being able to cut emissions in a cost effective way, …

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Committee Criticises Proposed NHS Reforms

April 5th, 2011
The Health Select Committee

Valerie has welcomed the Secretary of State for Health’s announcement on April 4th that there is to be a pause in the progress of the Health and Social Care Bill. However Valerie remains concerned that the consultation announced by the Government will yet again …

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Valerie visits Walsall Manor Hospital

April 1st, 2011
Valerie with Staff from Walsall Manor Hospital

Today,Valerie  made a fact-finding visit to Walsall Manor Hospital in her role as a member of the House of Commons Health Select Committee. The visit began with a round table discussion with a group of staff from accross the hospital. …

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Valerie visits local manufacturers in Darlaston

March 25th, 2011
Valerie with representatives from Bonner Studs

On Friday 25th March, Valerie visited Bonner Studs and ALCA Fasteners in Darlaston to hear their views on the economy and what the Government can do to promote manufacturing. Valerie met with senior managers from both businesses who were clear …

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Walsall’s Share of Pothole Funding Revealed

March 24th, 2011
Pothole Funding Revealed

Valerie has  recieved a letter from the Secretary of State for Transport, Philip Hammond, giving details of Walsall Council’s share of funding from the Government for repairing the large number of potholes caused by the particularly cold winter this year. From the …

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Valerie Welcomes School of Education to Parliament

March 14th, 2011

Valerie welcomed the Dean of the University of Wolverhampton’s School of Education, Professor Kit Field, and Dr Tehmina Basit to the Houses of Parliament. Dr Basit presented her recent research on ‘Intergenerational Dynamics and Education Amongst British Asian Families’ to …

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West Midlands Royal College of Psychiatrists

March 11th, 2011
Valerie with Dr. Safi Afghan & colleagues

On Friday 11th March, Valerie attended the launch of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Depression and Dementia videos at the Forest Arts Centre in Walsall with Dr Safi Afghan, the West Midlands Education Officer of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. …

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