Christmas Adjournment

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:39 pm on 17th December 2020.

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Photo of Valerie Vaz Valerie Vaz Shadow Leader of the House of Commons 4:39 pm, 17th December 2020

I thank all hon. Members who took part in the debate, particularly those who are celebrating their first anniversary. Who would have thought on 12 December 2019 that a year later they would have been through such incredible times? They have been through a baptism of fire. It is hard enough to get to grips with setting up offices and so many other things coming at you. Talk about a confluence of events—not only Brexit, but covid-19. Congratulations to them all.

I thank my deputy, my hon. Friend Afzal Khan, who is unable to be here because he is shielding. He has done some good work on ministerial responses and we hope to publish that shortly.

Jack Lopresti talked about a link road and transport. I hope he will get his meeting with the Prime Minister because transport is vital for productivity.

I agree with my hon. Friend Navendu Mishra. I have been trying to reopen Pleck library in Walsall for years and it is sad that the leader of Walsall Council has said that all the libraries should be closed. I find that quite odd.

Paul Holmes said he was a friend of the Deputy Chief Whip’s—that is a good thing to be. He rightly paid tribute to the health service and talked about the businesses and the breweries. I thought he was going to add that he had been on a pub crawl with the Deputy Chief Whip.