About this event

  • Date and time Thu 15 Feb 2024 from 10:45am to 12:45pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Retired Fellows Society

With 13 years as a Member of Parliament for the Derbyshire constituency of Amber Valley, Judy Mallaber reflects on life during the Labour government years of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. What were the highs and lows? What does an MP actually do from day to day? Can a mostly backbench MP achieve anything? Are MPs really “all the same” and “just in it for themselves” as constituents often say at election time?

During this lecture, Judy will talk about how and why she became an MP, and what she brought to the job from her previous work and campaigning experience. Did she achieve any of the aims she went in with and make progress on her previous priorities? What did she learn from local residents and what were the new issues that arose? Or is the local MP just a glorified social worker? Judy will also talk about her life after Parliament and what has changed in Parliament and outside since she lost her seat in 2010.

This event is available to attend in person or virtually. Please select your preference below.

A recording will be available for all registered delegates for up to 60 days after the event. The link will be sent 24 hours after the meeting.

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Show Virtual / In Person rates

Tickets (In Person)

Standard pricing available until 14 February 2024.


RSM Member
Day 1
£15.00 Meeting
£40.00 Optional lunch
RSM Retired Fellows Society (RFS)
Day 1
£8.00 Meeting
£40.00 Optional lunch

Non - Member

Day 1
£16.00 Meeting
£40.00 Optional lunch

Tickets (Virtual)

Standard pricing available until 15 February 2024.


RSM Member RSM Retired Fellows Society (RFS)
£15.00 £8.00

Non - Member


Key speakers

Judy Mallaber

Judy Mallaber

Former Member of Parliament for the Derbyshire constituency of Amber Valley

Speaker's biography

1997 – 2010 Labour MP for Amber Valley, Derbyshire – former coalmining and textiles area. Activities over the 13 years included: Member of education & employment, trade & industry, treasury Select Committees, PPS to leader of House of Lords, Chair of UNISON MPs and vice-chair trade union group and Chair of East Midlands Labour MPs.

1985 - 95 Director (previously deputy) Local Government Information Unit – joint national trade union/council body campaigning against rate capping, poll tax, privatisation etc. and promoting jobs, quality services and local democracy.

1975 - 85 Research Officer, National Union of Public Employees (now part of UNISON).  Included: Writing pay claims for NHS ancillary, ambulance, nursing and technical staff, working on low pay and campaign for statutory minimum wage, servicing Executive and National Committees and Annual Conference, and media relations and running education courses for members.

Long-term involvement in campaigns on equalities, rights of women, employment rights, and public services.


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom


Registration for this event will close on 14 February 2024 at 1:00am (GMT) for the in-person event and on 15 February 2024 for the live stream. Late registrations will not be accepted.

The agenda is subject to change at any time

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