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Dudley MP Ian Austin has said he will keep fighting to keep Dudley Police Station open to the public after a date was set for its closure.

Ian Austin said:

“I’ve been leading the fight to keep Dudley Police Station open to the public over the last year and one of the first things I did when I was re-elected was ask to for a meeting with the Chef Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner.

“I don’t think the timing of this announcement is a coincidence. I got a commitment from Labour’s Shadow Police Minister that he would expect West Midlands Police to keep the station open if Labour won the election. With the Conservative government planning to make even deeper cuts to policing budgets the closure is now going ahead.

“Over 2,200 local people have backed my campaign to keep the station open and will share my disappointment. I’m determined to keep fighting for the station so I will keep campaigning, raise local people’s concerns in Parliament and meet with the Chief Constable and PCC to keep Dudley from becoming the largest town in the country without a police station open to the public.”

“We all know savings have to be made, but these closures and the loss of thousands of officers are a result of the government’s decision to give the West Midlands the deepest cuts to policing in the country.

“Local people want more police on the streets, more offenders brought before court and more criminals put in jail, so I will keep fighting for the West Midlands to get a fairer share of police funding.”

Statement on front desk closure at Dudley Police Station

Dudley MP Ian Austin has said he will keep fighting to keep Dudley Police Station open to the public after a date was set for its closure.

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham has returned to the hospital where he launched Labour’s election campaign in Dudley to warn that there are 48 hours to save the NHS.

He was joined at Russells Hall Hospital by Labour’s candidates from across Dudley including Ian Austin for Dudley North, Natasha Millward for Dudley South, Pete Lowe for Stourbridge and Stephanie Peacock for Halesowen and Rowley Regis.

They highlighted the financial crisis that is forcing the loss of 400 of the hospital’s staff and set out Labour’s plans to save the NHS.

Russells Hall Hospital announced earlier this year that one in ten of the hospital’s 4,200 staff would lose their jobs as a result of government rules that cut spending by £12 million every year.

In a recent letter to Dudley North Labour candidate Ian Austin the hospital’s Chief Executive Paula Clark has blasted the cuts, saying that they “place care at risk” and threaten necessary investment in the hospital.

Labour have been campaigning to prevent the job losses, with Ian Austin raising the issue repeatedly with ministers to demand the hospital gets the resources it needs.

Ian Austin said:

“Andy has made it his priority to revisit Russells Hall in the final hours of the campaign because of the jobs crisis it faces.

“Like any other local family, we queue up at Russells Hall when we’re ill. Everyone knows the pressure the hospital is under.

“Local people are really worried about what will happen if the hospital has to lose one in ten staff, and we have it black and white from hospital bosses that these cuts threaten patient care.

“I’m making fighting for the jobs at Russells Hall one of my top priorities because we desperately need a government that takes this NHS crisis seriously and takes action to support frontline staff in places like Dudley.”

Labour Health Chief Andy Burnham revisits Dudley jobs crisis hospital

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham has returned to the hospital where he launched Labour’s election campaign in Dudley to warn that there are 48 hours to save the NHS.

Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt has visited Dudley to set out Labour’s plans to support improving schools.

Tristram Hunt joined Dudley North Labour candidate Ian Austin to meet teachers and students at Priory Primary School on Limes Road, Dudley.

Priory Primary School has made rapid improvements under new Head Teacher Jill Bennett.  The school was previously in special measures but was rated good by Ofsted in its most recent report, making it one of a handful of schools to improve so quickly.

Labour has promised to support schools by protecting the education budget, cap class sizes for five, six and seven year-olds at 30 pupils or fewer and introduce new Directors of School Standards in every area to get improvements in place.

Ian Austin has been campaigning to make education the number one priority in Dudley to attract new businesses and new jobs to the town and has called for local schools to commit to making the sharpest improvements in the country.

Ian Austin said:

“Priory Primary School is a brilliant example of how well local schools can perform if governors, parents and the whole community get behind heads and teachers working hard to make improvements.

“Education and skills has to be our number one priority in Dudley to attract new businesses and new jobs to protect the ones we’ve lost.

“I think young people in Dudley and do just as well as anyone else, so we should all make a commitment to having the sharpest improvement in school results in the country.”

Labour Education Chief visits Dudley school

Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt has visited Dudley to set out Labour’s plans to support improving schools.


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