- Posted by: Valerie Vaz MP
- Category: News
Valerie visits Accord Group with Jeremy Corbyn
I was delighted to welcome the Leader of HM Opposition Jeremy Corbyn to Walsall on 13 August to visit the Accord factory, to speak to staff and observe the manufacturing process of new low carbon homes. CEO Chris Handy, Director Alan Yates, and Head of Manufacturing Jason Powell gave us a guided tour of the factory. We also visited a family who moved into their new house. Accord has been at the forefront of the British housing industry and made history five years ago when it became the first housing association in the country to open a factory manufacturing low carbon advanced housing manufactured timber homes. In 2012, I visited the first of these low carbon timber homes constructed at Whitworth Close in Darlaston.
Bescot Concrete Sleeper Factory
I wrote to the Chief Executive of Network Rail to question and oppose the company’s proposed development of a sleeper factory at the railway sidings in friar Park. This factory would operate for 24 hours a day in West Bromwich East, bringing HGVs and increased traffic through residential areas in Walsall South. I have also written to Walsall and Sandwell MVC to raise my concerns about the impact the factory would have on local air and noise pollution. If you would like to share your views about the Site you can send me an email at [email protected], please include subject heading.
On 12 September I spoke at the launch of the New Brooms book in Speakers House. Mr Speaker who has reformed aspects of Parliament spoke, as did James Frith MP (2017 intake), who edited the essays. New Brooms is a set of essays by 11 recently elected Labour MPs who have suggested ideas about how Parliament could be changed. The book was published by the Fabian Society and The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust. As Shadow Leader of the House, I wrote the Forward. You can read it by clicking here.
Holocaust Memorial Day Trust
At a Parliamentary Reception organised by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust on 12 September I met with survivors of the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and subsequent genocides. The survivors discussed their experiences and the importance of ensuring these things never happen again, anywhere in the world. If you would like to learn more about Holocaust Memorial Day and the work of the Trust click here.
I asked when the Trade Bill, Agriculture Bill and Immigration Bill will be coming to Parliament and asked for a Government statement setting out a timetable for Brexit legislation. It is astonishing that the Government wants to go ahead with the boundary changes, it is a blatant power grab. The Electoral Reform Society said the changes would mean , 23% of all MPs and 45% of Conservative MPs will be obliged to vote with the Government, which is an historical high. I called for a debate on the impact of a no deal Brexit. The National Farmers Union said it would be an “Armageddon scenario”, the Government’s own technical notes suggest that a no deal would cost UK research £520 million a year, and the National Police Coordination Centre has warned that “necessity to call on military assistance is a real possibility” after we leave the EU with no deal.
Opportunities for schools to engage in Parliament
In the last school year, 247 students participated in the Education Visits Programme from the following Walsall South schools: Abu Bakr Girls, Barr Beacon, Delves Infant, Grace Academy Darlaston, Joseph Leckie Academy, Moorcroft Wood Primary, Palfrey Infant, West Walsall E-ACT, Whitehall Nursery and Infant School. I met with a number of the students for Q&A sessions at Parliament’s Education Service. During this period, 39 teachers from Walsall South participated in teacher training events at Parliament. To find out more about Parliament’s Education Service click here.