Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

Home

Recent Activity

Dudley MP Ian Austin is backing the relaunch of a group to give veterans, members of the forces and their families’ a stronger voice in Parliament.

He is inviting former and serving members of the forces and their families to join the newly relaunched Labour Friends of Armed Forces group.

The group’s patron is Labour MP Toby Perkins who hopes to hold events across the country to cement links between the party and the Armed Forces community.

Members and former members of the armed forces can now join the Labour Party for £1. Labour Friends of the Forces works through a network of Labour MPs, councillors and military communities to campaign on issues affecting people in the armed forces.

Austin has worked closely with Dudley veterans for several years. He has previously led the campaign to protect Dudley’s territorial army base, recognise the bravery of the Bevin Boys and extend the awarding of the veteran’s badge as well as pushing for an Armed Forces Covenant to guarantee the government’s obligations to veterans.

Ian Austin MP said:

“I hope that everyone who cares about the issues facing our armed forces will join Labour Friends of the Armed Forces.

“All across Britain people show huge respect and support for the work of our armed forces, but nowhere is that truer than in Dudley, where our local squadron and the wider regiment are at the heart of the community and have the freedom of the borough.”

“Since becoming an MP, I have been honoured to meet a number of local veterans who have demonstrated at first hand, the importance of remembering those brave men and women who fought to uphold the great British values of democracy, equality, freedom fairness and tolerance, and the need to support those who continue to fight for these values. This group is a reflection of our solidarity with the Services.”

Austin backs group to give veterans a stronger voice in Parliament

Dudley MP Ian Austin is backing the relaunch of a group to give veterans, members of the forces and their families’ a stronger voice in Parliament.

New research has revealed that nearly one in five academies across the country have been failing for an average of two-and-a-half years.

Dudley MP and member of the Education Select Committee Ian Austin asked the independent House of Commons Library to compile the figures. They show that 776 of the country’s 4,410 academies are currently rated inadequate or requires improvement, and have been in the bottom two categories for an average of two years and seven months.

Some academies fare even worse, with 270 that have been failing for three or more years, 181 for four or more years and 95 for five or more years.

The research casts doubt on the Department for Education’s ability to turn around failing academies at a time when the government is planning to convert all schools to academies.

Austin says that it shows the policy is unlikely to improve standards, and has called on the government to focus on school leadership and the quality and status of teaching instead.

Ian Austin MP said:

“The government should be making the quality of education our number one priority, but this research shows that it’s doing a bad job of running academies across the country.

“Labour's original academy programme did help struggling schools improve, but there's no evidence that forcing every school down this route will drive up standards. When one in five academies have been failing for an average of two-and-a-half years, what confidence can parents have that the government taking responsibility for every school will transform school standards as the Prime Minister pretends?

“Instead the government should listen to the evidence from experts like the Sutton Trust who say that the best way to improve school standards is to invest in leadership, teacher recruitment and teacher training.”

Nearly one in five academies failing for average of two-and-a-half years

New research has revealed that nearly one in five academies across the country have been failing for an average of two-and-a-half years.

Dudley North MP Ian Austin will help raise awareness of type two diabetes by taking part in the Diabetes UK 'Know Your Risk' challenge.

Austin will visit the Diabetes UK Roadshow on Thursday 21st April at 12:30 in Dudley Market Place.

The roadshow aims to highlight the disease and will give people more information on their risk of diabetes. There will also be a dietitian on hand to provide tips on how eating healthy can reduce an individual’s risk.

The NHS spends 10 per cent of its budget, around £10 billion, to treat diabetes every year. With 11.9 million people in the UK at high risk of Type 2 diabetes the NHS cannot afford for all these people to develop the condition.

Ian Austin said:

“I think it’s great that ‘The Know Your Risk Roadshow’ is making its way into Dudley.

“With the more than 3.5 million people in the UK living with diabetes it is important that more people are aware of the risks and what they can do to lead a healthy life.”

Austin helps highlight diabetes risk in Dudley

Dudley North MP Ian Austin will help raise awareness of type two diabetes by taking part in the Diabetes UK 'Know Your Risk' challenge.


View More Activities

The Labour Party will place cookies on your computer to help us make this website better.

Please read this to review the updates about which cookies we use and what information we collect on our site.

To find out more about these cookies, see our privacy notice. Use of this site confirms your acceptance of these cookies.