Paul Uppal, MP for Wolverhampton South West, set out his ambition for local people to have cancer services amongst the best in Europe during a local 'cancer summit'.
Last Friday, Paul met with people affected by cancer and representatives from cancer services in Wolverhampton South West, to discuss what issues are currently faced by those living with and after cancer in Wolverhampton, and how he could support and champion better cancer awareness and care.
After the summit Paul said, "Cancer is a disease which affects too many families and I want to help do what I can to increase survival rates and help those families affected by it. It was interesting to hear ideas around how outcomes could be improved for people affected by cancer and how public awareness of signs and symptoms can be improved – this being particularly important to increase early diagnosis and increase chances of survival.
From listening to the participants at the summit is clear that privacy and dignity are key and it is obviously important to always remember that patients should be treated as an individual throughout.
"Wolverhampton's one year outcomes for people affected by cancer are similar to the UK average but I would like to see them improved further to rival those across Europe.
Marika Hills, Macmillan Development Manager for Wolverhampton says, "We are thrilled that Paul is so enthusiastic about ensuring people affected by cancer receive the best possible support and care both locally and nationally. The summit was a great opportunity for constituents who have experienced cancer to voice their concerns and opinions in a safe forum where they knew their input was valued.
"The number of people living with and beyond cancer is set to double so Macmillan is working to ensure cancer care is prioritised by the government. It's fantastic that Paul is committed to continuing to work with us, and other local healthcare services, to ensure the needs of people affected by cancer are being met and that outcomes are improved."
Paul Uppal, MP for Wolverhampton South West, welcomed the UK Punjab Heritage Association to Parliament on Monday to mark the Sikh role in World War I as well as remembering all those who contributed from British India - a total of close to 1.5 million personnel, all of whom were volunteers.
Paul was also joined by The National Army project, 'War and Sikhs: Road to the Trenches', a team of volunteers who recreated the 15th Ludhiana Sikh Regiment as it was in 1914 at the outbreak of War. There was a special musical performance of a Punjabi wartime folk song, and a moment of remembrance after a unique rendition of the last post.
"Over 138,000 Indian troops fought in Belgium and France, and over a quarter of these would, unfortunately, become casualties." Paul said. "Indeed, after the bloody battle of Neuve Chapelle in 1915, the Sikh regiments had lost 80% of their men, with three regiments standing at just 16% of their original compliment.
"As the only Sikh MP in the house, I am proud to be able to support this important event commemorating the Sikh soldiers who fought in the Great War. Sikhs made up just 2% of the population of India but made up 20% of those who chose to serve. The valour and courage of Sikh soldiers is something that was quite rightly commended by British Generals - as a nation we should recognise the sacrifice of these often forgotten heroes."
Today Paul Uppal, Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton South West, attended the opening ceremony of the new Wolves Academy & Arena at Compton Park, Wolverhampton.
This extension to the existing training ground will provide category 1 academy status facilities for be Wolves Academy age groups from under 9s to under 18s and includes a full-size indoor 3G pitch, dressing rooms, fitness suite and a media suite.
The opening also concluded a £50m public and private sector development project. As part of this, the University of Wolverhampton gained a new science block in the city center, huge improvements were made to St Edmunds School and 55 new homes were built by Redrow on the site. In addition to this the football club donated the £750,000 Aldersley Indoor Dome, which they previously used, to the Wolves Community Trust.
Speaking about the event, Paul said "I've been greatly impressed today by the quality of these new facilities. At the moment half of the current first team squad came through Wolves youth academy and with the new academy finished I can't see why that should not continue.
This whole development project will benefit the whole community; it's great to see that it's not only the futures of the youth players that is being invested in, but the city as a whole."
Paul Uppal, MP for Wolverhampton South West, attended a cross-party event to launch the report of an important new Inquiry looking at pancreatic cancer research. Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all of the most common cancers in the UK with only about 4% of people diagnosed surviving five years or more.
The publication of the report, Pancreatic Cancer Research: a Roadmap to Change from The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Pancreatic Cancer calls for a new approach to attracting inspiring scientists into this field and sets out a series of compelling recommendations aimed at improving the quality and quantity of pancreatic cancer research.
Speaking as the Vice Chair for the APPG for Men's Health Paul said, "It is a tragedy that survival rates are so low, what is even worse that this figure has hardly changed in 40 years. What is needed is a renewed effort to diagnose and treat pancreatic cancer - the focus must be research centered on early diagnosis, including the future development of screening tools.
"It was a pleasure to attend this event and to support the work of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Pancreatic Cancer. I know there are many people in Wolverhampton who have been touched by pancreatic cancer in some way and we need to do more to improve the survival rates for this disease. A greater emphasis on research will be the most effective way of making an impact on the appalling survival rates and hopefully help to save lives in future and so I support the conclusions of the APPG's report."
Alex Ford, Chief Executive of Pancreatic Cancer UK added; "We were delighted to welcome Paul to this important event and we thank him for his support.
"The key findings from this Inquiry underline much of what Pancreatic Cancer UK has long argued: that unless there is a significant increase in research funding, it is highly unlikely that the necessary advances needed to beat this disease will be achieved."
This week is National Langar Week. I am proud as a Sikh MP to celebrate this 700 year old tradition at my local Gurdwara in Wolverhampton. Around 300 Gurdwaras in the UK serve free hot meals where anyone, no matter of race, faith, gender o...r social status, can come together to eat. Celebrating this during langar week highlights values of sharing, equality and collaboration - the core principles of Sikhism. I would encourage to visit their local Gurdwara this week to learn about who Sikhs are and our shared values.
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."
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."
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