Wolverhampton is a wonderful city with a proud history and a bright future. We are the sixth largest district by population in the West Midlands. The story of Wolverhampton starts in 985 AD, when it was founded by Lady Wulfruna. In the 19th century, the city was known as a global leader in the manufacture of locks and all kinds of iron goods.
The constituency of Wolverhampton South West is one of three covering the City of Wolverhampton, along with the neighbouring constituencies of Wolverhampton North East and Wolverhampton South East. The constituency includes the wards of Graiseley, Merry Hill, Park, Penn, St Peter’s, Tettenhall Regis, and Tettenhall Wightwick.
Out and About in Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton is a fantastic city and I am proud to represent it. As we plan our recovery from COVID-19, I want to ensure that we build back better than before.
I have made 180,000 unique connections with constituents through my outreach and engagement programme. Over a thousand constituents have responded to my surveys on a range of topics including tackling crime, the environment, and priorities for our local recovery plan. The results of these surveys have been shared with key figures such as senior Government Ministers. I have also engaged with constituents via my casework surgeries and telephone calls, as well as ‘Stuart’s Street Cleans’ which brings the whole community together to make our part of the city a cleaner place to live and work.
We have secured over £1 billion to address important local social and economic issues such as supporting people experiencing homelessness, improving health services, tackling crime, and strengthening educational facilities. Over £84 million has been secured in government funding for local businesses via the Business Interruption and Bounce Back Loan Schemes and I continue to serve on the Towns Board that oversaw the development of proposals for the Towns Fund, which sits alongside an additional £15 million from the Future High Streets Fund to regenerate local commercial areas. Our city is the first to benefit from the Places for Growth programme, with the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities setting up a dual headquarters here – a move I successfully lobbied for. As of April 2022, this Department employed 208 civil servants at ita Wolverhampton office - with a further 65 people who have not commenced in post but are in the process of being onboarded.
The motto of Wolverhampton is “Out of darkness cometh light.”
The Molineux Stadium is located in the constituency. It is home to Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club— Wolves, as they are known. The City has an excellent university and an outstanding local newspaper, the Express and Star, which is the largest, privately owned newspaper in the country. Earlier in his career, Prime Minister Boris Johnson undertook work experience there.
Wolverhampton has a multi-cultural, multi-faith population, including Christian, Sikh, Muslim, Hindu, and many more.
In 1881, the beautiful West Park was opened. It is due to host the road cycling time trial as part of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, following a request made by Stuart Anderson MP. On the 26th of February 2021, it was confirmed the Time Trial Cycling will take place at West Park on Thursday the 4th of August 2022 between 10am and 4pm. More information about the event, including road closures, and resident parking can be found here: www.birmingham2022.com/getset/wolverhampton.
The Constituency has a broad arts, culture, and sports offer. It includes the Grand Theatre, a beautiful Grade 2 listed Victorian auditorium, which is renowned for its intimacy and atmosphere. The award-winning Wolverhampton Art Museum offers fantastic collections of contemporary art and sumptuous displays of Victorian and Georgian paintings. You can find a full list of the organisations Stuart has visited via the menu selection on the left.