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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 selection of Valerie Vaz’s votes.
Generally voted for more EU integration Show votes
62 votes for, 17 votes against, 30 absences, between 2012–2020
Voted for replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system Show votes
1 vote for, 0 votes against, 4 absences, in 2016
Consistently voted for raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices Show votes
5 votes for, 0 votes against, in 2013
Consistently voted against reducing central government funding of local government Show votes
0 votes for, 8 votes against, between 2010–2019
Consistently voted against encouraging occupational pensions Show votes
0 votes for, 3 votes against, in 2011
Generally voted against fewer MPs in the House of Commons Show votes
2 votes for, 6 votes against, 1 absence, between 2010–2020
Last updated: 1 Sep 2020.
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I, too, will address both motions in my response. I thank the Leader of the House for tabling them, and a special thank you to the Chair of the Procedure Committee and its members. They have worked incredibly hard to get many reports out in double-quick time, so that we can continue with this. The Committee’s report is the fourth of the Session and was published on 10 September, but the...
I thank the right hon. Lady for that. Turning to proxy voting during the pandemic, the second motion amends the Standing Order on voting by proxy to allow proxy votes “for medical or public health reasons relating to the pandemic” until 3 November 2020. The Procedure Committee report found that “the system of remote voting used in May was a more effective means of handling divisions in...
They are able to cast a vote through the proxy system, but they are not able to come here to do that.
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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
- International Development
- Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
- Innovation and Skills
- Telephone Services
- Dental Services
Currently held offices
- Member, Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (since 16 Jan 2020)
- Member, Members Estimate Committee (since 21 Nov 2016)
- Member, House of Commons Commission (since 21 Nov 2016)
- Shadow Leader of the House of Commons (since 7 Oct 2016)
Other offices held in the past
- Member, Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (31 Oct 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)
- 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 (Commons) (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 Sep 2020.
2. (a) Support linked to an MP
but received by a local party organisation or indirectly via a central party organisation
Name of donor: Unite the Union
Address of donor: 128 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8TN
Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £3,000 received via my central party
Donor status: trade union
(Registered 20 December 2019)
2. (b) Any other support not included in Category 2
Name of donor: USDAW
Address of donor: 188 Wilmslow Road, Manchester M14 6LJ
Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: £5,000
Date received: 18 October 2019
Date accepted: 18 October 2019
Donor status: trade union
(Registered 05 November 2019)
Solicitor (not practising).
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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