The Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton South West, Paul Uppal, visited Yorkshire Building Society last week to present donations from our Make a Difference week. Throughout Make a Difference Week customers have nominated causes for the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation to support.
This year the Society is celebrating its 150th Anniversary and to commemorate this milestone, the Charitable Foundation is hoping to donate £150,000 to 1,500 charities and good causes throughout the UK.
Paul said after presenting the donations, "I am pleased to be able to support the Charity Choice campaign, it is great that Yorkshire Building Society is giving valuable support to charities up and down the country. I would like to congratulate the charities benefiting from the campaign. It is heartening that so many members of the Yorkshire Building Society nominated and supported these great causes."
Paul Uppal, Member of Parliament has joined the Hindu Forum of Britain to celebrate the festival of Diwali.
The celebrations were held in the House of Commons and attended by leaders of the Hindu communities in the UK. In the UK, as in India, Diwali is one of the most important spiritual and vibrant occasions of the Hindu calendar and is celebrated by the British Indian communities in the UK.
"It was a pleasure to attend this Diwali event hosting by the Hindu Forum of Britain." said Paul, "The British Indian community have contributed immensely to British culture and to the community and continue to do so. I wish the Indian community a very Happy Diwali and I hope they enjoy this festival as much as I have done so today."
Paul dropped by the University of Wolverhampton on Friday to see the refurbished 'Little Scholars' nursery which offers childcare to the institution's staff, students and the local community.
The Little Scholars can offer up to 50 places for children up to the age of five, and has a large open-plan play area divided into three sections for different age ranges. There is also an outdoor play area, kitchen, bathroom facilities and an office for meetings between staff and parents.
Paul was given a tour by Little Scholars manager Helen Hall, and had the opportunity to meet other staff and children and see some of the new activities available, including musical instruments and an interactive computer in the 3-5's room.
"I was pleased to have the opportunity to see these new facilities today", said Paul, "Little Scholars provides a place for young children to have fun but learn and discover new things at the same time. It means that staff and students at the University are able to get on with their day, knowing that their children and in safe hands."
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Before the debate on greater devolution Paul Uppal, Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton South West, welcomed the commitment of this government to grant greater powers to cities in the west Midlands, but warned against the creation of a Greater Birmingham Authority. Nick Clegg in his answer stressed the importance of working collaboratively without losing local identity.
Commenting Paul said, "The Prime Minister said back in April that 'The Black Country is strong enough without Birmingham' and I totally agree with him. I must stress, the need to devolve powers to the West Midlands whilst keeping the unique identity we have in the Black Country.
"The Black Country has a proud and important cultural and industrial history which allows us to compete in the global market. We have, and are attracting, world leading companies - to continue to do so we need to be in the heart of the Black Country, not on the periphery of Birmingham. There are some issues that across the West Midlands we need to work collaboratively on but that does not mean Wolverhampton needs to be consumed by the Greater Birmingham Authority.
"Whilst the devolution debate evolves I will be standing up for the interests of Wolverhampton and The Black Country ensuring that we get the powers we need to succeed."
Paul Uppal, Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton South West, recently opened the new FairTrade shop on Salop Street.
Run by the Wolverhampton City FairTrade Partnership, the shop was originally located at Darlington Street Methodist Church but had to relocate after a fire hit the Church back in March. The new store continues to offer a wide variety of FairTrade produce form coffee and cookies to craft goods including jewellery and gifts.
The opening ceremony also included a poem by pupils from Bilston CofE Primary School, and a talk from the shop's manager David Fulljames.
Following the opening Paul commented, "I am delighted to see that, after the unfortunate setback earlier in the year, the FairTrade shop is back up and running again. The FairTrade Foundation helps ensure that workers are paid a fair price for their produce, and I hope that people across the city will support this great charity and pay a visit to the shop."
Paul Uppal, Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton South West, today met with representatives from the Canal and River Trust to learn how they care for thousands of waterways across England and Wales.
Speaking after the event, Paul commented, "I have always been a strong supporter of our waterways – they are something we must cherish and protect. The Smestow Valley, which runs through Wolverhampton, is a place where people can escape the hustle and bustle of the city. It is great that the Canal and River Trust are working with volunteers across the city to ensure that it remains protected to be enjoyed by residents and visitors for years to come.
"Earlier this year, I was fortunate enough to witness the significant improvements that have been made to the valley, when I took a barge through the city. It is a wonderful place and thanks to the opening of a disability ramp and refurbishments of the tow paths it is now a place that everyone can enjoy."
Paul Uppal, MP for Wolverhampton South West has pledged to help eradicate the inequalities men with prostate cancer face after speaking with campaigners at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham this week.
Despite being the most common cancer in men, those affected by or at risk of prostate cancer continue to face a number of injustices, particularly when it comes to access to the best treatments and aftercare support for their condition.
Prostate Cancer UK was at the Conservative conference calling for urgent action on these issues. As well as pledging long term commitment to helping bring about real change for men, politicians were being asked to show their support for the charity's game plan by signing up to Men United – a new team which seeks to unite people across the UK against the common enemy of prostate cancer.
Paul said, "As Vice Chair of the APPG for Men's health I know how important the fight against prostate cancer is. We all know that early diagnosis is vital to combatting prostate cancer so I will be continuing to focus on raising awareness and encouraging early screenings of prostate cancer."
Paul Uppal MP for Wolverhampton South West has joined the fight against breast cancer by taking part in Breast Cancer Campaign's flagship fundraiser, wear it pink day.
The theme of wear it pink this year is to 'look good, do good' in support of breast cancer research. On Friday 24 October people across the country will come together to find fun and stylish ways to wear pink in the office, at home or at school. Donations raised by this year's fashion inspired event will go to Breast Cancer Campaign to fund lifesaving breast cancer research.
Paul Uppal MP says "Every year in the UK around 50,000 women and 400 men are diagnosed with breast cancer. Sadly, 12,000 women and 80 men die from this disease each year. This is why we need to support Breast Cancer Campaign's fundraising efforts to support world-class breast cancer research that saves and improves lives, giving people quicker diagnoses and more effective treatments. I hope you'll all join me by wearing it pink on Friday 24 October and showing your support for breast cancer research."
Today Paul Uppal, Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton South West, questioned the Leader of the House, William Hague, over the suspected sale of Barbara Hepworth's bronze "Rock Form". For three months, the major stakeholders in the Mander centre, RBS and Delancey, have refused to deny that they intended to sell the bronze which, in the current market, would probably fetch several million pounds.
Speaking on his intervention Paul said, "Barbara Hepworth's "Rock Form" is not for sale. It belongs to, and should be enjoyed by, the City of Wolverhampton.
"As William Hague commented, many will appreciate Barbara Hepworth's work, as many visitors to the Mander centre have done over the past 46 years. I want to ensure that as many people for years to come can share the same enjoyment I have over the years.
"The Leader of the House suggested that it is possible to protect such sculptures through statutory listing and I will be speaking with Ministers from DCMS over the coming weeks to see what help they can offer to ensure that this much treasured icon stays in Wolverhampton."
On Monday, Paul paid a visit to the former Springfield Brewery Site in Wolverhampton, where the University of Wolverhampton has unveiled plans to build a multi-million pound new hub for construction education.
The twelve acre brownfield site, which has been vacant since 1991 after the closure of Springfield Brewery, will become the new home of the West Midlands Construction University Technical College (UTC), and the University will also be relocating its School of Architecture and the Built Environment to the new site from the City Campus.
The purchase was made possible with support from the government funded Education Funding Agency which provides funding for education of children and young people.
The UTC will educate 14-19 year olds specialising in construction and the application of IT in the built environment, as well as preparing them for professional and technical careers in construction. It will be led by the Construction Industry Training Board and will open in a temporary base in 2015, before moving to the Springfield site in 2016.
Paul said, "These plans for the new University Technical College are very exciting and mark a new chapter in the University's story. This site has been derelict for a long time and I'm pleased that it will finally be developed and provide youngsters with the training they need for construction careers. I am glad that the Education Funding Agency is able to provide support to such worthy causes."
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