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Labour MP for Dudley North

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Let’s celebrate how Britain has got better, not commemorate division

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Dudley North MP Ian Austin will be hosting a ‘rally against racism’ for the 50th anniversary of Enoch Powell’s Rivers of Blood speech this April.

Austin has booked the biggest room in the Burlington Hotel which is where Powell gave the speech to a handful of people in April 1968. He is inviting high profile speakers from across the country and hopes that hundreds of people will come together to celebrate how Britain has got better over the last 50 years.

Austin’s event takes place at 6.00pm on April 19th at the Burlington Hotel in New Street and people can sign up to attend here.

Ian Austin said:

“This was a shameful speech that caused great division, presented a terrible image of the Black Country and even resulted in people being attacked.

“Powell divided communities based on the colour of people’s skin, he wanted immigrants to leave the country and predicted race wars and blood on the streets.

“His terrible predictions have never become true. Instead, the West Midlands is home to communities in which people from different countries, backgrounds and cultures work and live together harmoniously.

“People from all over the world have made a huge contribution to community life, to our NHS and other public services and, by setting up businesses and creating jobs, our economy too so I’m inviting speakers from across the country and people from around the region to join me as we celebrate all the ways Britain has got better over the last 50 years.”

Why Enoch was wrong: Britain is better for its diversity

Let’s celebrate how Britain has got better, not commemorate division

Dudley North MP Ian Austin has slammed plans by West Midlands Mayor Andy Street to quadruple the size of his office over the next 12 months.

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Official papers for today’s meeting of the Combined Authority show that the Mayor is currently spending £400,000 on his office, but that this will nearly quadruple to £1,500,000 by 2019.

Austin says the spending splurge flies in the face of Andy Street’s pledge to “keep the costs of the Mayor’s office as low as possible and make sure that the Mayor’s office pays for itself.”

He said the Mayor should be spending the money getting homeless people off the streets or funding more apprenticeships for young people.

Ian Austin said:

“This is typical of the Tories: Andy Street promised he would keep the costs of his office down, but here he is quadrupling the size of his army of advisers.

“We’ve got homeless people dying on the streets and youth unemployment way above the national average so instead of hiring flunkeys and spin doctors, our Tory Mayor should be using every penny to tackle the scandal of rough sleeping and providing more apprenticeships for local youngsters.”

Revealed: Mayor's office to quadruple in size

Dudley North MP Ian Austin has slammed plans by West Midlands Mayor Andy Street to quadruple the size of his office over the next 12 months.

Dudley MP Ian Austin has responded to constituent concerns over speeding vehicles by asking the Police and Dudley Council to take action to reduce speeding along Cinder Road.

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Residents contacted Austin with concerns about speeding vehicles, especially large commercial vehicles such as lorry’s and dumper trucks which are causing disruption.

Austin has written to all local residents in the immediate area to ask what measures they feel could be put in place to ensure the safety of local people.

He will be working with residents, the police and the Council to make sure a solution to people’s concerns is reached.

Ian Austin MP said:

“Cinder Road residents have told me that speeding on the road is so bad that they are concerned for the safety of road users and pedestrians.

“I am hoping that something can be done to combat the problem before a bad accident happens.

“I want as many residents to respond to the survey as possible so that I can pass the information on to the Council and the police”

Austin takes action over speeding drivers

Dudley MP Ian Austin has responded to constituent concerns over speeding vehicles by asking the Police and Dudley Council to take action to reduce speeding along Cinder Road.


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