Easter Adjournment

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:33 pm on 29th March 2018.

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Photo of Valerie Vaz Valerie Vaz Shadow Leader of the House of Commons 4:33 pm, 29th March 2018

May I start by thanking my hon. Friend Ian Mearns? He has been an assiduous Chair of the Backbench Business Committee. Some really interesting debates have come from that Committee. I agree with him that for every pound spent locally, 70p stays in the local community. I look forward to the Great Exhibition of the North, and hope that he will also be there as one of the great exhibits of the north.

Sir David Amess continues his quest for Southend to become a city. I hope that that is finally granted and congratulate him on his 35 years in Parliament. He touched on a number of important issues including diabetes and endometriosis, and I was pleased to see a male touching on women’s issues.

I agree with my hon. Friend Mary Glindon about Simeon Andrews, who I also worked with. He worked tirelessly for social justice, and it really was a shock when he died.

My hon. Friend Martin Whitfield was right to mention ADHD. There are very many exceptional people who have such conditions, many of which we do not understand, and they should be supported.

I turn to Bob Stewart. What can I say about him? He is a member of the RAF dinner club. I hope that I can join him at one of those dinners. The RAF celebrates its centenary this Sunday, and we congratulate it on its great work keeping this country safe.

My hon. Friend Liz McInnes is right that there should be a strategy for older people. I am not sure where that hard line goes, or on which side I would fall.