Working hard for Wolverhampton South East Representing the residents of Bilston East, Bilston North, Blakenhall, Coseley East, East Park, Ettingshall, Spring Vale

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I’d like to give a big thank you to everyone who came out campaigning on our first weekend. 

A particular thank you goes to our friends from Progress and Labour First who came as part of their three seats campaign day.  We canvassed in Ettingshall and Spring Vale wards and spoke to a large number of voters.  We will be back out there day after day and will work for every vote between now and June 8th.

If you want to help with our campaign, or put a poster up, please contact us on 01902 405762 or email patforwolverhampton@gmail.com

You can also follow me on twitter @patmcfaddenmp and facebook @patmcfaddenwolverhampton

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Support Pat McFadden in his fight to stand up for Wolverhampton South East

  I’d like to give a big thank you to everyone who came out campaigning on our first weekend. 

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The Prime Minister has called an election for the 8th of June.

There was no need for this election. The Prime Minister said repeatedly that she would not call one.  She has not called an election because the country needs one or because it is in the interests of voters.  She has called it for one reason only – because she thinks it will benefit the Conservative Party. 

The Tories want a blank cheque for whatever kind of Brexit they manage to negotiate and a blank cheque to do whatever they want to this country’s public services.

Wolverhampton South East needs a strong voice in parliament.  I have been the local MP here for 12 years and am standing again this time around.  I will fight to stop the Tories getting the blank cheque they want and to stand up for the people of this constituency.

Our campaign session will be tomorrow, Saturday 22nd April at 12.30pm, again meeting at Crescent House, Broad St Bilston, WV14 0BZ.

Please come and help our campaign, either in one of these sessions or at another time.  If you can help, please contact my agent Sadia Ghani on 01902 405762.

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  The Prime Minister has called an election for the 8th of June.

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Speech from the 2017 annual Vaisakhi celebrations in the Speaker's State Rooms in Parliament on 18/04/2017.

"I want to begin by thanking the pupils from the British Sikh School in Wolverhampton for such a wonderful beginning to this Parliamentary Vaisakhi celebration.

I am very proud to represent a constituency with a very large Sikh community – part of a wider a community which has not only contributed a great deal to the city of Wolverhampton but to our country too.

I believe that public representatives should learn from our constituents.  And it has been a great pleasure to learn about Sikhi.  I have always been humbled by the warm welcome given to everyone who attends the Gurdwara.  I have learned about the tradition of Langar – voluntary labour and feeding the sangat as part of the experience of worship.  I have learned about values, about equality, about seva about commitment to faith and to the community.

I would like to give all of you the warmest of welcomes to this, the Parliamentary celebration of the great festival of Vaisakhi.  I have been the host of these celebrations in parliament for a number of years.  And I would like to thank Mr Speaker for allowing us to host this occasion here in the wonderful setting of the Speaker’s state rooms.

It is very important to me that here, in the heart of our democracy, we have the opportunity to mark occasions which mean a great deal to the different communities here in the UK.

And it is important to remember, especially in the wake of the recent terrible terrorist attack on parliament in which a brave policemen and a number of innocent civilians lost their lives that this is a public building, open to all

Now you will have heard that we had some surprise news today.  There is going to be a general election on the 8th of June.  It has certainly caused a lot of urgent meetings and discussions and it might affect the attendance from some MPs here tonight.  But I am very clear that my place was not in the many huddles taking place around parliament but here, with you, as I promised to be, to celebrate Vaisakhi.

And in parliament MPs work across party lines through the APPG on UK Sikhs to highlight issues of importance to the community, be that the campaign for a memorial to celebrate Sikh sacrifice in two world wars, issues around the census, human rights issues and anything that is of specific concern to Sikhs in the UK.


Of course, as you know, Vaisakhi is an ancient festival, celebrated for hundreds of years.  But for Sikhs it marks the foundation of the Khalsa, a commitment of faith so strong that people were willing to lay down their lives in front of Guru Gobind Singh Ji.

And today, the commemoration of Vaisakhi is seen in towns and cities throughout the country as Nagar Kirtan processions make their way through the streets.  These Nagar Kirtan processions and the Vaisakhi melas attract thousands of people.

For Sikhs they are a demonstration of faith.

For the cities in which they take place they are a firm part of the cultural and religious calendar and show how successfully Britain has become a multi faith society.

Tonight, you will hear from many speakers who know a great deal more than me about Sikhi, Vaisakhi and what this occasion means.  But I am delighted to be your host and to welcome you all and to wish you all a very happy Vaisakhi."

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Vaisakhi 2017 Celebrations in The Speaker's State Rooms

  Speech from the 2017 annual Vaisakhi celebrations in the Speaker's State Rooms in Parliament on 18/04/2017.


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