- The safety of Londoners
- Improvement in London's public services
- Human rights and democracy
Valerie has a BA in Politics and an MA in Education. She has worked for the Inner London Education Authority, the Commonwealth Secretariat and as Head of Public Affairs for the National Federation of Women’s Institutes. She is a former Labour Party National Women’s Officer. She was a Croydon councillor between 1994 and 2000, serving as Leader (1997-2000). Valerie was awarded a CBE in 2002.
She was elected to the Assembly in 2000 and between 2000-2008 she chaired the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (which runs London Fire Brigade). Since 2008 She has alternated being Chair and Deputy Chair of the Assembly Transport Committee annually.
Valerie is Patron of the Brixton based charity Ebony Horse Club, which provides riding lessons and training in animal care to local young people.
Biographical information as supplied by individual Assembly Members.