21 OCT 2014

Paul uppal supports diabetes awareness in Wolverhampton South West

Wolverhampton South West MP, Paul Uppal, joined high profile parliamentarians at the annual diabetes charity event, the Silver Star Diabetes Health Challenge, at the House of Commons. As part of the challenge, MPs were issued with a Silver Star Diabetes Pedometer that will measure the amount of steps taken on a chosen day from the launch day until World Diabetes Day on 14th November 2013 to see who can take the most steps.

On Wednesday 15th October, as part of Diwali at Westminster, Paul Uppal MP took the quick and easy diabetes test to help raise awareness of the need for public to take the test of the condition. Special guests Hugh Quarshie, Dr. Ric Griffin on BBC's Holby City, joined in the efforts to highlight the problem of diabetes and handed Paul Uppal MP with a pedometer.

Speaking at the event Paul said "Every four minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with diabetes and consequently, the NHS spends £1 million an hour on diabetes and its related complications. Currently 3 million people in the UK live with the condition, and an estimated 1 million people may have diabetes without knowing it.

"It is great that Silver Star Diabetes take action to raise awareness for the condition. Helping people to lead healthy lifestyles is important, and testing people for diabetes plays a vital step towards achieving that."

15 OCT 2014

Supporting Make a Difference Week

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."

15 OCT 2014

Celebrating Diwali in Parliament

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."

14 OCT 2014

Paul pays a visit to the Little Scholars nursery

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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14 OCT 2014

Paul warns Deputy Prime Minister against creation of a Greater Birmingham Authority

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."

13 OCT 2014

Paul opens new FairTrade shop

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."

13 OCT 2014

Paul Uppal: Supporting Smestow Valley in Parliament

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."

06 OCT 2014

Paul Uppal talks tactics with campaigners at the Conservative Party conference as he pledges to tackle prostate cancer inequalities

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."

15 SEP 2014

Paul Uppal joins the fight against breast cancer by wearing pink

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."

11 SEP 2014

Paul urges the protection of Wolverhampton icon

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."

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