Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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A new £30 million university-level technical and hi-tech manufacturing centre will transform Dudley and bring new industries and new jobs to the Black Country.

The plans have been developed by Dudley College and won the backing of Labour’s candidate for the West Midlands Mayor Sion Simon during a visit to Dudley today.

The plan proposes a new campus on the former freight-liner terminal at Castle Hill next to the site of the new £27 million Very Light Rail Innovation Centre being developed with Warwick University’s Warwick Manufacturing Group.

It will be a new university-level technical and hi-tech manufacturing centre making Dudley a national centre for a wide range of new industries such as vehicle propulsion, rail systems and digital engineering.

It will enable Dudley College to deliver more apprenticeships, higher level and technical apprenticeships and will work with other universities to offer degrees.

Ian Austin said:

“Sion Simon has promised that if he becomes the Mayor Dudley will get this fantastic new campus.

“This is brilliant news for Dudley because it will open up opportunities and build a better future for local people and make Dudley a strong town again.

“The new campus will bring new cutting-edge, hi-tech industries to Dudley as well as more apprenticeships, degrees and well-paid jobs for local people.

“I’ve always said we need to make education our number one priority to help local businesses grow, give youngsters a first class start and give adults the opportunity to get new jobs too.

“Dudley is the biggest place in the country with no university campus so this will help us attract new investment and new jobs to replace those we’ve lost in traditional industries. The new campus won’t just transform a derelict site but transform our economy and the opportunities for local youngsters.”

Sion Simon said:

“The Black Country lit the spark that fired the Industrial Revolution, changing not just the West Midlands or even Britain, but the whole of the world. That’s why we will take back control of skills budgets and work with Dudley College to deliver more apprenticeships, higher and technical apprenticeships and contribute to a £30 million university centre - a new, university-level technical and hi-tech manufacturing centre in the heart of the Black Country that will make Dudley a national leader of skills in vehicle propulsion, rail systems, digital engineering and more.”

Labour's Promise: New £30m University Centre in Dudley

A new £30 million university-level technical and hi-tech manufacturing centre will transform Dudley and bring new industries and new jobs to the Black Country.

A new survey conducted has revealed that Dudley residents want improving skills to be the top priority for the new West Midlands Mayor.

The survey of over 5,000 residents was conducted by Dudley MP Ian Austin, with more than 36% saying that the new mayor should make skills and training their top priority. Another 20% said that tackling unemployment should come top while 16% said the mayor needs to support businesses.

Residents were also invited to express their support for different mayoral policies, with 71% saying they backed Sion Simon’s plans for more health and social care funding.

Three-quarters said they planned to vote in the upcoming mayoral contest and over 70% wanted the new mayor to use surveys to keep in touch with the views of people from across the region.

Austin is now presenting the results to the mayoral candidates and will ask them to set out their plans for Dudley.

Ian Austin said:

“Dudley lit the spark that fired the industrial revolution, and today we need a new industrial revolution to make Dudley a strong town again.

“That means making education our number one priority to attract new jobs and new businesses to replace those we’ve lost in traditional industries.

“I'll be sharing the results of this survey with the mayoral candidates and asking them to tell us what they'll do for Dudley.”

Dudley residents say skills should be West Midlands Mayor's top priority

A new survey conducted has revealed that Dudley residents want improving skills to be the top priority for the new West Midlands Mayor.

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Austin is urging the Chancellor to back British beer by cutting duty on a pint in this weeks budget. 

Austin says the move will help pubs, breweries and drinkers hit by inflation.

The Dudley MP is a member of CAMRA and has worked hard to support local brewers, lobbied for duty cuts on beer in the past, help for ailing pubs and campaigned to have Black Country beers served in Parliament.

In 2014 he was officially recognised for his support for British beer industry by being awarded the Parliamentary Beer Champion award by the Campaign for Real Ale, the British Beer & Pub Association and the Society of Independent Brewers.

Ian Austin said:

"The Black Country is home to some of the best brewers in Britain and some cracking pubs, so I’m a big fan of local beer – not just as a consumer, but because of the business and jobs these brilliant local companies provide.

“Measures such as the beer duty cut will protect jobs, keep the price of a pint down and keep pubs open.”

Austin calls for budget cut in beer duty

Austin is urging the Chancellor to back British beer by cutting duty on a pint in this weeks budget. 


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