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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The campaign is almost over.  Elections are about the future.  What kind of future will it be, who will shape it and who will it benefit?

 

The Conservative argument has been that we have a recovery underway and we should not change direction.  Mr Cameron, looking not like a passionate man but a man who has been told to look like a passionate man, has pretty much stuck to this throughout the campaign.  It’s a steady as she goes message and probably a predictable one for a party in power for five years.


Labour’s argument has been that steady as she goes is not enough, that it’s not just about having a recovery but making sure the recovery benefits all.  This has posed the argument about the fairness of contribution and reward.  Recovery for who is the question we have asked.  As the party which has brought in so much of the progressive change that has shaped our country, from the NHS to equality laws to the minimum wage we will never be satisfied with the status quo.  We will always be hungry for change for the better.  We are the party of the NHS too and have campaigned hard on that issue - it is a critical duty of government to ensure that this service remains not only available but flexible enough to adapt to changing needs and expectations.


Underneath all this is the question of Britain’s place in the world.  The country is under strain from nationalism and nostalgia.  Its unity is threatened by the rise of nationalism in Scotland and by a Conservative Party which seems to want to respond by stoking nationalism in England. There is a real need for leadership and cool heads to keep the UK together in the future.  Britain’s position as a confident, open, outward looking country is under threat from UKIP and Tory Euroscepticism on the one hand and a lack of leadership on the other.  The PM argues for a policy he didn’t want and which was put forward to manage his party rather than secure Britain’s future.  Take our country back is the cry from some.  I say take it forward.  Give voice to the people’s anger?  The better response is to give people a chance not a grievance.


So, it’s your vote and your choice.  I have fought this election street by street, house by house in my constituency.  I have met many wonderful warm friendly people.  I have been offered countless cups of tea, meals and shelter from the elements.  I have met many committed voters who are eager to talk about how they are voting and why.  I want to thank everyone in Wolverhampton South East who has spared time to talk on their doorstep, in their gardens or in the street.  


As well as those encounters I have had a number where people won’t vote and have never voted.  This is not for the most part about people opting out.  Usually, they never opted in.  We could debate for a long time about whether that is the responsibility of politicians or of the voters themselves.  But we should not forget this is a free choice which has been battled for long and hard throughout history and around the world.


There is plenty of comment about whether or not the campaign has been perfect.  But the choice still matters.  It is about the future.  I hope you use your vote for Labour and vote for a future which you get to share, and also one where Britain doesn’t lose its nerve and keeps reaching out to the world.

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The campaign is almost over.  Elections are about the future.  What kind of future will it be, who will shape it and who will it benefit?

Dear Friends,

 

I am writing to wish you a very happy Vaisakhi.  I know this is a very special time for the Sikh community all around the world who are celebrating the foundation of the Khalsa and the adoption of the Sikh articles of faith. Here in Wolverhampton, I will join you at Gurdwaras, the Nagar Kirtan and the Mela which are all part of marking Vaisakhi in our city.

 

This year, as for many years, I was honoured to be the host of the annual Vaisakhi celebrations in Parliament which took place in the Speaker’s State Rooms a couple of weeks ago and was attended by my Party Leader Ed Miliband.

 

The Sikh community of Wolverhampton plays a very important role in the city’s life.  The values of the community – hard work and enterprise, good education, and putting something back through sharing and contributing to the wider community - are of great benefit to our city.

 

I have been honoured to represent a multi faith constituency for the past 10 years.  I believe we need to build a future for the Britain of today, understanding how our country has changed over the years, and making the most of that change.

 


On this great occasion of Vaisakhi, I extend my warmest best wishes to you all.

 

Happy Vaisakhi.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Pat McFadden

Pat McFadden's Vaisakhi Message

Dear Friends,   I am writing to wish you a very happy Vaisakhi.  I know this is a very special time for the Sikh community all around the world who...

I believe the Government’s plans to axe these qualifications are a huge mistake.  Many of my constituents speak Punjabi and Gujarati and these languages are important to parts of the community. 

Furthermore, as Britain’s population becomes more diverse it is economically important to make the most of our global links.  Axing language qualifications is short sighted for a major trading economy like ours.  I believe it is vital to keep open the option to take these qualifications right up to A level standard and I am glad we have a clear commitment now from Labour that if we win the election on 7th May, the Tory proposal to get rid of these qualifications will not proceed and these qualifications will be saved.

Pat McFadden statement on Labour commitment to Punjabi and other language A-Levels

I believe the Government’s plans to axe these qualifications are a huge mistake.  Many of my constituents speak Punjabi and Gujarati and these languages are important to parts of the...


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