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A pupil of Bramford Primary School in Dudley has won local MP Ian Austin's Christmas card competition.

A Christmas card designed by Charleigh Finch of Bramford Primary School in Dudley will be finding its way through the letterboxes of hundreds of people across the country, including the Queen, the Prime Minister and the Speaker of the House of Commons, after the youngster won Ian Austin’s Parliamentary Christmas card competition.

Austin will be presenting Charleigh with her chosen with her prize at Bramford Primary School during their school assembly on Friday 9th December at 9am.

Austin invited local school kids to design his parliamentary Christmas cards and received hundreds of entries.

The winning design shows a Christmas scene with Santa flying over with Dudley Castle.

The cards have been professionally printed in full colour and include the name and school of the winner and three runners up. Prizes include a family ticket to Dudley Zoo and Castle, a family ticket to the Black Country Museum and gift vouchers for Hobbycraft.

The card will be sent to hundreds of Dudley residents, charities, businesses and community groups as well as national figures like the Queen, Prime Minister and the Speaker of the House of Commons.

Ian Austin MP said:

“Yet again, the standard of this year’s entrants has been really high. I loved Charleigh's design of a local Christmas scene with Dudley Castle.

“It’s a huge privilege to go to Bramford Primary and present her with an award for her design skills.

“I’d like to thank all of the children and the schools who entered, and the local businesses who donated prizes.”

Local girl wins MP's Christmas card competition

A pupil of Bramford Primary School in Dudley has won local MP Ian Austin's Christmas card competition.

Dudley MP Ian Austin has challenged the Government to take steps to reduce low-skilled migration.

Click here to watch Ian's question to the Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

Speaking at Home Office Questions, Austin called on the Home Secretary Amber Rudd to acknowledge the impact of low-skilled migration on different communities across the country.

He also set out a range of measures to manage the impact of low-skilled migration, including stopping companies from just advertising jobs abroad and requiring large firms to train up local apprentices when they have to hire abroad.

Low-skilled migration from the EU is currently uncapped, and the Government has not set out what its policy on low-skilled migration will be following Brexit.

Austin has held a series of community meetings over the last two years to listen to his constituents’ views on immigration and the EU and has demanded that Ministers take action to tackle their concerns.

Ian Austin said:

“There’s no point London politicians lecturing people in places like the Black Country with national statistics because this has different impacts in different communities.

“Why we are low-skilled migrants coming here when we still have hundreds of thousands of unemployed people, why haven’t they stopped companies just advertising jobs abroad or using workers from overseas to undercut wages here and why don’t they require large firms to train up local apprentices if they do have to hire abroad?

“I’ve listened to local people and these are policies that they support – unfortunately the Home Secretary sneered at me for asking about immigration instead of answering local concerns.”

Austin challenges government on low-skilled migration

Dudley MP Ian Austin has challenged the Government to take steps to reduce low-skilled migration.

Dudley MP Ian Austin is establishing a new group to speak up for the West Midlands in Parliament.

The new All-Party Parliamentary Group for the West Midlands will be an officially recognised platform for the region’s MPs, businesses, councils and other organisations to put forward their views in Parliament.

Austin is chairing the new group along with the Conservative MP for Stafford Jeremy Lefroy with MPs from across the region and from all parties signing up as members.

The group will focus on issues including devolution, investment in infrastructure, industry and skills, holding discussions and providing reports to challenge the Government.

Ian Austin MP said:

“I grew up here, so I want the West Midlands to be a strong region again, with strong industries, a strong community and strong public services.

“We need to be proud of our past and take inspiration from it as we forge a new industrial revolution and bring high-tech manufacturing jobs into the region.

“That’s why I am establishing this new group to speak up for the West Midlands in Parliament and fight for local people.”

Austin launches new group to speak up for West Midlands in Parliament

Dudley MP Ian Austin is establishing a new group to speak up for the West Midlands in Parliament.


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