Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North


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Road safety campaigners from Bull Street in Gornal presented a petition today to Dudley Council calling for parking restrictions.

They were joined by Dudley North MP Ian Austin to present the petition at 2.00pm on Friday 25th October outside Dudley Council House, Priory Road, Dudley.

Residents have made several requests for double yellow lines over the years but have stepped up their campaign after the road has become more dangerous with busses, cars and even lorries forced on to the pavement to avoid on-coming traffic. Residents also complain that getting on and off their drives has become more dangerous.

Bull Street resident Steve Marr, who organised the petition said:

“We have been campaigning for road safety improvements for years and want the council to implement double yellow lines to make walking and driving along Bull Street safer. The situation is getting worse, not better, and just getting off our drives can be difficult and dangerous.”

Ian Austin MP said:

“I have had lots of complaints about the situation in Bull Street over the years and have seen the problems there myself.

“Lots of families and children walk along Bull Street to the shops at one end and to the doctor’s surgery so I’m supporting the residents and their campaign to improve safety for people who live in Bull Street, for pedestrians and for drivers too.”


Dudley North MP Ian Austin has welcomed NHS England’s agreement with Vertex Pharmaceuticals to make life-changing drugs available for people with Cystic Fibrosis

They have made assurances that there will be no cap on patient numbers, and every patient in England who might be able to benefit can now get Orkambi, Symkevi and Kalydeco free on the NHS. 

Since 2015, Austin has been campaigning to ensure these drugs are made available after being contacted by constituents with the condition.

Working closely with the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the CF community, Austin has had held meetings and debates in Parliament, tabled questions and written cross-party letters to the Department of Health, urging the Government to make these lifesaving medicines available on the NHS.

In August, Austin and a cross-party coalition of 116 MPs wrote to Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, and Dr Jeff Leiden, CEO of Vertex, urging them to reach a deal and bring an end to the health “crisis”.

The UK has the second highest prevalence of cystic fibrosis of any country in the world. There are more than 8,200 people with CF living in England, and approximately 4,387 will stand to benefit from these drugs which have been shown to slow the decline in lung function and reduce hospital admissions.

The news means that clinicians will be able to begin prescribing these drugs within 30 days and many people suffering with CF can finally benefit from these treatments after a four-year campaign.

Ian Austin said:

“This is amazing news! Finally, people with CF living in England will have access to Orkambi, Symkevi and Kalydeco.

“We’ve been campaigning for this for years. Thanks to all MPs who signed our letters, came to our debates, asked questions & lobbied ministers.

“But thanks most of all to the amazing parents, the CF Trust, and my constituents Carly Jeavons and Samantha Carrier who fought so hard!

“This is exactly what politics is for: listening to your constituents and improving their lives.”

David Ramsden, CEO of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, said:

“This is a very special day and I want to thank people with CF, their families and everyone who has been part of this campaign for their persistence and determination to keep on fighting.

“We know it doesn’t end here – we will continue to fight for similar access in Wales and Northern Ireland so that all people with CF in the UK are able to benefit from these life-saving drugs.”



Dudley North MP Ian Austin presented a petition in Parliament on 22nd October 2019 to get Cavendish House tower block pulled down.

Austin stood up in Parliament and urged the Government to press upon Dudley Council’s planning committee to pull down Cavendish House tower block.

The former offices have been left empty since the 1990s and are seen by thousands of drivers passing through Duncan Edwards Way.

The site has long been set aside for redevelopment and plans to demolish the tower block have been in the pipelines for years but have been hit by a series of delays.

You can watch Austin in the chamber here: https://tinyurl.com/y5rgg2tm

Ian Austin said:

“I am really grateful to local residents like Sarah and Simon Townend and Gordon Laird and to staff and customers at businesses like the Arcade Café and Gather for helping gather so many names for our petition

“1,500 people have signed the petition in just a few weeks and I think that shows how strongly local people feel about the Cavendish House eyesore that is blighting the town centre, deterring and delaying investment and presenting a terrible image of the town.

“Everyone wants the council and the developers to get it knocked down so that the redevelopment we’ve been promised for so many years can finally begin.”



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