Westminster Hall Debate on Restoration and Renewal of Parliament

January 25th, 2017
RandR 25Jan17

As Shadow Leader of the House I spoke at the Westminster Hall debate initiated by Chris Bryant MP on the Restoration and Renewal of the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday 25 January 2017.   This week marks 20 weeks since …

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Valerie opposes Bill to regulate Industrial Action

January 24th, 2017
Chamber 24Jan17

On Tuesday 24 January 2017 I voted to oppose the Ten Minute Rule Motion moved by Chris Philp MP (Member for Croydon South) to bring in the Industrial Action (Protection of Critical National Services) Bill to regulate industrial action.   …

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Q&A with Teachers at Education Centre

January 24th, 2017
Teachers Institute 24Jan17

On Tuesday 24 January 2017 I met with 65 teachers at the Parliamentary Education Centre for the Teachers’ Institute, two of the teachers attending were from Barr Beacon School.   I talked about my new role as Shadow Leader of …

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Appointment of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

January 24th, 2017
Ombudsman Chamber 24Jan17

I spoke in the Chamber on 24 January 2017 to endorse the appointment of Robert Fredrick Behrens CBE to the offices of Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration and Health Service Commissioner for England.   The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman combines …

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The Supreme Court judgement on Article 50

January 24th, 2017
Supreme Court

R (on the application of Miller and another) (Respondents) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (Appellant) REFERENCE by the Attorney General for Northern Ireland from the High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland: In the matter of …

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Valerie meets with the Speaker of Burma

January 23rd, 2017
Speaker Burma Dinner 23Jan17

It was a pleasure to attend a dinner hosted by the Speaker, Rt Hon John Bercow MP (centre), in honour of the Burmese Speaker Win Myint (right). Win Myint was appointed Speaker on 1 February 2016 and is a member …

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Procedural Hub in the House of Commons Library

January 23rd, 2017
Library Staff 23Jan17

On Monday 23 January 2017 I attended the House of Commons (HOC) Library Open Evening to discuss how the space could be used for Member related events and the new products and services.   One area they are working on …

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Business Questions 19 January 2017

January 19th, 2017
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At Business Questions I raised various issues with the Leader of the House, Rt Hon David Lidington MP. My speech is below:   I thank the Leader of the House for his statement, but we still do not appear to …

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