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MP joins Epilepsy Society
Labour MP Valerie Vaz has become Epilepsy Society’s newest vice president.
The MP who represents Walsall South is also an elected member of the Health Select Committee and has an interest in epilepsy.
In 2010 she championed a Bill in the Commons calling for action to improve health and education for people with epilepsy. Although the 10 minute rule bill didn’t secure parliamentary time to become law, Valerie secured a commitment from David Cameron during Prime Minister’s Question Time to meet a delegation from the Joint Epilepsy Council. The Prime Minister offered his personal support to promote the interests of people with epilepsy.
Said Epilepsy Society's chief executive Graham Faulkner: 'We are delighted to welcome Valerie as a vice president of the Society.'
Valerie is married to Paul Townsend, a primary school teacher. They have a teenage daughter. Valerie’s other interests are music and gardening.