Friday, September 24, 2004

Mr Vaz off to conference

Confirmation from the constituency office that Mr Keith is off to conference brings a smile. Leicester East will be glued to the television all next week eagerly hoping to catch a glimpse of our dear representative.

What will Mr Vaz be up to? Will he continue to snort derisively about the Impeach Blair movement continuing to gain momentum?

Link: Labour Conference 2004 is a new resource that should be interesting and prove useful, go and check it out now and throughout conference for bulletins, events, resolutions and the like.

Watching the Lib Dem conference has been exciting enough even without that possible thrill. Sarah Teather, also proxy-blogged, was quite high profile in the BBC commentary.

Leicester South's Parmjit Singh Gill (still without significant web presence) was given a shout out in Charles Kennedy's speech and was first up on the platform to congratulate a shiny Kennedy and wave to delegates.

Friday, September 17, 2004

Debating the European Constitution

Keith Vaz's contributions to the recent debate on the European Constitution.

From the Leicester Mercury

An MP has said that co-operation between Britain and the European Union is key to economic success.

Keith Vaz, the MP for Leicester East, said the EU's Lisbon Agenda - to make Europe "the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world by 2010" - was central to the city's future.

The agenda sets out goals that include fighting social exclusion and sustainable development.

"My constituents in Leicester East need the Lisbon Agenda to succeed," Mr Vaz said, in an adjournment debate at Westminster.

"Many businesses trade with Europe. The main problem they have is the over-regulated way in which some EU countries operate.

"Jobs will be created in Leicester if the goals set out in the Lisbon Agenda are met."

Linkage: The Constitution from the BBC. For and Against. Just a selection.

Keith Vaz and the Video Games

Vaz is still hammering away with his video game angst.

It was a terrible thing, But...

No-one says Manhunt is for children, The Register. We do have controls, Games Industry. Manhunt isn't even part of the case, BBC.

Saturday, September 11, 2004

Keith Vaz's Early Day Motions

Now back at work Keith has supported three early day motions and is primary sponsor on the Appointment of the first Black High Curt judge, sending his congratulations to Linda Dobbs QC. More on her appointment from the Guardian.

Mr Vaz has also supported Early Day Motions for congratulating Olympic boxer Amir Khan, a statue of Nelson Mandela in Trafalgar Square and regretting the cuts in Nottingham's Childline service.

Elsewhere, an article from the Guardian on public trust, reporting the survey by the committee on standards in public life has a mention of Vaz, relating to his role in the Hinduja passport scandal and suggesting that this had largely faded from people's minds. The article is a good read in general, interesting and amusing stuff.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Cabinet Reshuffles

Mr Vaz's concern in the recent reshuffles was not for his own position (despite Mandelson's recent comeback) but that of Ian McCartney, Labour Party chairman. You may have read the Guardian's McCartney / reshuffle article.

But this article from Black Information Link points to McCartney's good record in improving diversity in the party, mentioning Keith's selection for Parliament.

So it is pleasing to see Mr McCartney keeping his role in the party. The article also mentions the Black Councillors Network and all-BME shortlists.

Saturday, September 04, 2004

Vaz news and other news

Keith Vaz has been campaigning for Hamilton, to bring back the bus route, which was going to be brought back anyway, but never mind. The article from the Mercury also outlines some of the plans for the Hamilton district centre.

Mr Vaz said: "I'm delighted because here we have a very big estate that is growing all the time and residents were suffering because of the lack of transport facilities.

"This is a huge step forward in reconnecting Hamilton with the rest of the city. We will continue to press for other services in the estate."

Vaz also gets a mention in a report on a London gaming show over the Manhunt issue.

Elsewhere: been trying to get surgery dates, but Vaz office is always very quiet. Also, been drafting my letter to our friendly local MP about the impeachment issue, which I will post here when I send. There are new proxy blogs up in the side bar. Have a good day.

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