Valerie Vaz

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Valerie Vaz is the Labour MP for Walsall South. She entered Parliament at the 2010 general election, the previous MP, Bruce George (Labour), having stepped down.

Ms Vaz studied Biochemistry at Bedford College (now Royal Holloway), University of London.[1]


Science Funding

In September/October 2010, Valerie Vaz signed Early Day Motions 707: Government Funding for UK Science[2], and 767: Science is Vital Campaign[3]. Both motions supported investment in science in the face of cuts anticipated in the coalition government's forthcoming spending review.

On 14th October 2010, in the House of Commons, Valerie Vaz asked Science and Universities Minister David Willetts about the Science is Vital petition and lobby:

"Can the Minister state whether he has received the petition from the Science is Vital group, which lobbied Parliament last Saturday, and also say whether he has listened to the group, and if not, why not?"[4][5]

Women in Science

Ms Vaz called a Parliamentary debate on Women in Science for June 2012:

Hidden Pharmaceutical Trial Data

In December 2012 Ms Vaz was one of six MPs to write a joint letter to the Public Accounts Committee to request action on hidden trial data and specifically Tamiflu.[6]

Ms Vaz had previously (November 2010) asked a Parliamentary question on the antidepressant reboxetine[7]. For more on reboxetine:

Complementary Medicine

Ms Vaz is the Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Integrated Healthcare.[8]


In May 2011, Valerie Vaz signed Early Day Motion 1820 which welcomed a campaign to "place homeopathy research on the national agenda as a credible scientific field of inquiry" and called for the Government to facilitate research into homeopathy[9].

Same-Sex Marriage

Valerie Vaz voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[10] and its third reading in May 2013[11].



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