From a young age, Paul Uppal wanted to become a Conservative MP because from his family experience, he realised that politics mattered. Politics mattered to his family as they lost a substantial electrical business in Kenya and were grateful to the UK for the refuge, security and opportunities that were provided by this great country. Born in Smethwick in a terraced house that was shared by not only his family but his uncle's family as well, he spent his childhood in the working class area of Birmingham and attended both a state primary school and comprehensive state secondary school. Under the guidance of one of his teachers he was encouraged to fulfil his academic ambitions and went on to study politics at Warwick University. Before entering Parliament, Paul ran his own business, and in his time has been his own builder, secretary, accountant, lawyer and cleaner. He says, "don't ask anybody to do something for you, if you're not prepared to do it yourself." Paul wanted to be an MP because he believes in Britain, and wants to be part of the solution in working to preserve Britain's great institutions. He stood for Parliament in Birmingham Yardley in the 2005 elections and then won a seat to represent Wolverhampton South West in 2010.
Paul has been married to Kashmir for 22 years and they have three children, Cameron, 16; Anisha, 14; and Zara, 6. Paul is an avid sports fan and follows football and cricket, but feels that the most important thing in his life is spending time with his family.