Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Ian Austin has asked Environment Secretary Michael Gove to help sort out a 2,000 ton mountain of rubbish dumped at Shaw Road in Dudley.

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The Dudley North MP is also calling on Dudley Council, the police and the tax authorities to take tougher action to put pressure on the people responsible for the site.

The Environment Agency estimates that 2,000 tons of rubbish have been dumped at the Rowanoak site. The Agency took enforcement action against the people responsible more than a year ago and claimed a fortnight ago that they had finally started removing the waste, but Austin says only a tiny amount has been shifted and work has already stopped.

Austin has been working with local businesses to put pressure on Dudley Council and the Environment Agency to clear the site but is very unhappy at the speed of progress, and asked Environment Secretary Michael Gove to put pressure on the agency to deal with the issue more quickly.

Ian Austin said:

“Local businesses and I are fed up with the time it is taking to sort this out.

“It’s been dragging on for far too long and I want Michael Gove to get the Environment Agency to get a grip and sort it out much more quickly.

“Local businesses provide jobs for people in Dudley and pay a fortune in business rates and it is completely unacceptable that they should have this huge mountain of rubbish and all the environmental problems it causes ion their doorstep.”

Austin calls on Michael Gove to help sort out Dudley waste mountain

Ian Austin has asked Environment Secretary Michael Gove to help sort out a 2,000 ton mountain of rubbish dumped at Shaw Road in Dudley.

Ian Austin has spoken out in Parliament to demand the government reveal the truth about the contaminated blood scandal that left 2,400 people dead.

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The Dudley North MP has been working with MPs to push for the public enquiry that was announced last week, after hearing from constituents affected by the scandal.

Thousands of people were given NHS blood products infected with hepatitis C and HIV in the 1970s and 1980s.

Austin has heard from constituents who were not told of the risks involved. He believes the facts have been covered up for years.

Ian Austin said:

“The stories I’ve heard from local people affected by contaminated blood have been horrendous. I’ve been calling for a public enquiry so that they can get the truth about what happened and I’m pleased this has finally been announced but it’s vital we get the full facts.

“One of my constituents was infected with hepatitis C and exposed to the HIV virus, but was not informed of that by the NHS until years afterwards and he wants to be assured that the inquiry will reveal why the truth was hidden.

"Another wants the full facts about doctors and scientists who were being paid by American drug companies and how that led to patients in the UK being infected.

"He thinks that those deals have to be really properly and rigorously exposed by this inquiry, so that we can get to the bottom of whatever vested interests existed during this scandal."

“Many of those who survived infections are suffering financially through their inability to work due to various health conditions coupled with a lack of proper compensation and necessary support.

“I’ve been fighting the Government for years to do more to compensate and provide support for people who have suffered due to contaminated blood provided by the NHS.

“We must now keep the pressure up and a close eye on the inquiry as it is set up and undertakes its work. I’m a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Campaign on Haemophilia and Contaminated Blood and will work with other MPs and those affected to ensure the full truth is revealed and that those still living with the consequences receive the dignity of a full, fair and lasting settlement.”

 

Austin calls for answers for victims of Contaminated Blood Scandal

Ian Austin has spoken out in Parliament to demand the government reveal the truth about the contaminated blood scandal that left 2,400 people dead.  

Dudley North MP Ian Austin is handing over a cheque for £500 to the YMCA Black Country Group (YMCABC) as his promise to give away his pay rise continues to help local charities.

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Austin will be donating £500 from his Good Causes fund, which he set up with the 10% pay rise handed to MPs in 2015.

The donation will support the YMCA’s Open Doors Project which finds homes for homeless young people with local families.

The YMCA provide a wide range of youth and community services including accommodation, health advice, training and education for young people in the Black Country.

Ian Austin said:

"I promised at the election that when times are tough for so many local families I would use the MPs' pay rise to help good causes.

“I really wanted to support organisations working with young people in Dudley, particularly those involved in improving education or opening up opportunities for young people.

“The YMCA does brilliant work in Dudley and the wider Black Country so I am really pleased to handover £500 to help them continue their support for local youngsters.” 

Fundraising boost for Local YMCA project for homeless youngsters

Dudley North MP Ian Austin is handing over a cheque for £500 to the YMCA Black Country Group (YMCABC) as his promise to give away his pay rise continues to...


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