My article for Walsall Advertiser – 14 December 2017

December 11th, 2017

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. Preparation should also be a vital element of …

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Human Rights Day

December 8th, 2017
Human Rights Day Valerie Vaz

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. In the House of Commons I raised Human Rights Day and we …

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Business Questions 7 December 2017

December 7th, 2017
LotH 7Dec17

During Business Questions I called for an Urgent Debate on the state of poverty in the UK. Figures from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s “UK Poverty 2017” report state that nearly one in three disabled people are living in poverty, while …

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European Union Withdrawal Bill Committee Stage – Day 4 and 5

December 7th, 2017

On Monday 4 December 2017 the fourth day of the Committee of the Whole House for the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill took place. A Committee of the Whole House takes place in the House of Commons Chamber and is presided …

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Valerie backs Unicef UK’s Baby Friendly Initiative

December 6th, 2017
Unisef UK - Breastfeeding 5Dec17

On Tuesday 5 December 2017 I supported Unicef UK’s Baby Friendly Initiative on Breastfeeding. Unicef UK is calling on government to tackle the UK’s low breastfeeding rates and improve the health of children by leading action to remove the barriers …

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Universal Credit Debate

December 6th, 2017

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. The Labour Party has forced the Government …

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The Boundaries Bill

December 1st, 2017
Boundaries Bill 1Dec17

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.” “The clauses in the Bill set ou that Parliament will …

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Business Questions 30 November 2017

November 30th, 2017
Valerie Vaz MP

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’

November 25th, 2017
Tony Highfield Pic

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’.   I attended Tony’s book launch on Saturday …

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Valerie attends Disability Confident event

November 24th, 2017
Mark Sharratt and Philip Freeman

Disability Confident employers are those who have identified and removed barriers in the recruitment of disabled people, have tapped into the support available and successfully hired local disabled job seekers. I was delighted to hear Mark Sherratt’s inspiring story of …

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