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Valerie Vaz’s voting in Parliament
Valerie Vaz is a Labour MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Labour MPs.
This is a random selection of Valerie Vaz’s votes.
Voted for replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system Show votes
1 vote for, 0 votes against, 4 absences, in 2016.
Almost always voted for paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability Show votes
16 votes for, 0 votes against, 5 absences, between 2011–2022.
Generally voted for more EU integration Show votes
67 votes for, 17 votes against, 33 absences, between 2012–2022.
Consistently voted against reducing central government funding of local government Show votes
0 votes for, 11 votes against, between 2011–2021.
Almost always voted for raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices Show votes
5 votes for, 0 votes against, 2 absences, between 2013–2022.
Almost always voted against reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the "bedroom tax") Show votes
0 votes for, 16 votes against, 2 absences, between 2011–2018.
Last updated: 18 May 2022.
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Valerie Vaz has never rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.
I understand that the Minister considers that hon. Members are being well meaning but, if I may say so—I do not know if this is parliamentary language, Mr Bone—that is a tad patronising. We are talking about transparency and ensuring that the bank, which is using public money, is going in the right direction. It should not be too difficult for the bank to come back and have a review in a...
One of the difficulties is that the Bank of England does not have a spread across the regions. Does my hon. Friend not agree that we should have regional expertise as well, which is the whole point of levelling up all parts of the country?
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Labour MP for Walsall South
Entered the House of Commons on 6 May 2010 — General election
Topics of interest
Valerie Vaz campaigned to remain in the European Union
- Department of Health and Social Care
- International Development
- Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
- Telephone Services
Currently held offices
- Member, UK Infrastructure Bank Bill [Lords] Committee (since 16 Nov 2022)
- Member, Shark Fins Bill Committee (since 9 Nov 2022)
- Member, Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill [HL] Committee (since 9 Feb 2022)
- Member, Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill Committee (since 1 Dec 2021)
Other offices held in the past
- Member, Environmental Audit Committee (5 Jan 2022 to 17 May 2022)
- Member, Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (16 Jan 2020 to 8 Jun 2021)
- Member, Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (31 Oct 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)
- Member, Members Estimate Committee (21 Nov 2016 to 9 May 2021)
- Member, House of Commons Commission (21 Nov 2016 to 9 May 2021)
- Shadow Leader of the House of Commons (7 Oct 2016 to 9 May 2021)
- Member, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (7 Mar 2016 to 31 Oct 2016)
- Member, Draft Investigatory Powers Bill (Joint Committee) (5 Nov 2015 to 26 Nov 2015)
- Member, Science and Technology Committee (26 Oct 2015 to 18 Jul 2016)
- Member, Panel of Chairs (25 Jun 2015 to 11 Oct 2016)
- Member, House of Commons Governance Committee (16 Oct 2014 to 17 Dec 2014)
- Member, Regulatory Reform Committee (26 Jul 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)
- Member, Health and Social Care Committee (12 Jul 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)
Previous MPs in this constituency
Public bill committees (Sittings attended)
Register of Members’ Interests
Last updated: 14 Nov 2022.
Solicitor (not practising).
From 25 May 2022, a Director and Member of the Board of Governors of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (unremunerated). (Registered 20 July 2022)
9. Family members employed and paid from parliamentary expenses
I employ my husband, Paul Townsend
, as a Senior Parliamentary Assistant. (Updated 05 January 2017)
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