Valerie Davey

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Valerie Davey (born April 16, 1940) is a former Labour Member of Parliament for Bristol West in England. She won the three-way marginal seat at the 1997 general election, displacing the Conservative cabinet minister William Waldegrave, but lost it to the Liberal Democrat Stephen Williams at the 2005 general election.

Born in Surrey, Davey studied theology at the University of Birmingham and gained a PGCE at the University of London Institute of Education before teaching in Wolverhampton, Tanzania and Bristol. She was an Avon County Councillor from 1981 until the county's abolition in 1996 and was Labour group leader from 1992. She was also a governor of various schools and of Bristol Polytechnic. In Parliament, she was a member of the House of Commons Education and Skills Committee.

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