Restoration and Renewal vote

January 31st, 2018
Valerie Vaz MP

On Wednesday 31 January 2018, as Shadow Leader of the House I responded to the motions on the Restoration and Renewal of the Palace of Westminster.   A Joint Committee of the Lords and Commons was appointed by both Houses …

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Valerie attends ‘A Taste of Shropshire’ event in Parliament

January 31st, 2018
Shropshire Event 31Jan18 2

Local businesses in Shropshire came to the Jubilee Room in the House of Commons on Wednesday 31 January 2018.   I am pictured above with Lajina owner of Lajina Masala. Lajina sells spice packs which are full of bold Indian …

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Valerie raises concern about library closures

January 30th, 2018
Valerie Vaz MP

I opposed Walsall MBC’s closure of Pheasey, Pleck and South Walsall libraries last year. Despite these closures, Walsall Central Library is now closed and will be for the next 10 months whilst refurbishment work is being carried out. I am …

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Valerie holds a meeting with the Police and Council Officers to discuss road traffic safety

January 26th, 2018
Overturned Car

I arranged a further meeting with the Police and three Council Officers on Friday 26 January 2018 to discuss concerns relating to a number of incidents along Pinfold Lane and Old Hall Lane, both of which are narrow and have …

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Valerie meets with the Speaker and Members of the Kenyan Senate

January 25th, 2018
Kenyan Delegation 25Jan18 Edit

It was a pleasure to meet the Honourable Speaker of the Kenyan Senate Kenneth Lusaka and a delegation of Members including Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen and Senate Minority Leader Moses Wetangula in Parliament on Thursday 25 January 2018.   …

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Business Questions 25 January 2018

January 25th, 2018
Valerie Vaz MP

At Business Questions this week I asked for a statement on UCAS’s data which shows that the number of people applying to become teachers has fallen by a third in the past year, with 6,510 fewer applicants for teacher training …

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Valerie supports Keep Britain Tidy’s ‘Great British Spring Clean’

January 24th, 2018
Great British Spring Clean

I attended the launch of the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy’s annual campaign ‘Great British Spring Clean’ in Parliament on 24 January 2018.   The ‘Great British Spring Clean’ is a national campaign which takes place on 2-4 March 2018. …

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Valerie backs legislation to protect renters from home unfit for human habitation

January 24th, 2018
Homes Bill 19Jan18

This Bill could help renters in 150,000 dangerously unfit properties in the West Midlands. It is concerning that 17% of all stock of rental homes in the West Midlands are considered unfit for human habitation. This figure rises to 26% …

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Valerie responds to motions on appointments

January 23rd, 2018
Valerie Vaz MP

The Government tabled the following two motions on Tuesday 23 January 2018. The first motion was: “That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that Her Majesty will appoint Jackie Smith to the office of ordinary member of …

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Valerie visits Hillary Primary School

January 19th, 2018
Valerie Vaz MP

On Friday 19 January 2018 I visited Hillary Primary School. I met with the Headteacher Ms Cherry and the School Council. The School Council asked me questions about campaigns and my role in Parliament. I told the students how as …

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