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Dudley MP Ian Austin has hosted the Dudley launch of a new Labour listening campaign on immigration.

Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham and Immigration Spokesman Keir Starmer visited Upper Gornal Pensioners Club in Dudley to hear local people’s views on immigration.

The meeting is the first in a three month listening exercise that will see Labour Ministers visit communities across the UK to hear about the impact of immigration.

Austin has held a series of community meetings across Dudley to discuss the impact of immigration, and recently met residents at a dozen meetings to hear their views on the EU.

Ian Austin said:

“It’s my job to listen to local people and speak up for them in Parliament, so I’ve held lots of meetings like this across Dudley to listen to local people on immigration.

“People in Dudley think you shouldn’t be able to come here and be unemployed, you shouldn’t be able to claim benefits until you’ve paid in and shouldn’t be able to claim benefits for children who aren’t in the country.

“I’m pleased that Andy and Keir have come to Dudley to discuss how we can deliver stronger borders and common sense rules for people who move here.”

Austin hosts launch of Labour immigration listening campaign

Dudley MP Ian Austin has hosted the Dudley launch of a new Labour listening campaign on immigration.

Sedgley campaigner Damian Corfield has secured funding from Dudley Council for new road safety improvements on the Northway in Sedgley.

Mr Corfield, who is standing as Labour’s candidate for Sedgley in the upcoming local elections, is working with campaigners from the Northway Action Group for Road Safety (NAG4RS) who have been raising concerns about accidents on the road and have pushed for safety measures to be put in place.

The funding will be used to install new Safer Routes to School measures near to Alder Coppice School which will include flashing speed awareness signs, road markings and a new crossing, as well as the creation of a new Speedwatch group to monitor dangerous driving on the road.

The latest improvements follow a number of local surveys conducted by Mr Corfield and other campaigners that show strong support for measures including speed limit signs and speed bumps. New signage, road markings, bollards and a mini roundabout have already been installed, but Mr Corfield is helping campaigners push for further measures particularly on the bend near Rowena Gardens and Swallowfields.

Damian Corfield said:

“I live locally so I’ve heard from lots of Northway residents who say that speeding on the road is so bad that near misses happen weekly and accidents are becoming more and more common.

“Thanks to strong local support and the hard work of campaigners I’m really pleased that we’ve now been able to secure some tremendous improvements including speed awareness signs and a new crossing.

“I’ll continue to take up local concerns with Dudley Council so we can get the extra safety measures that campaigners want put in place.”

Sedgley campaigner secures safety measures for Northway

Sedgley campaigner Damian Corfield has secured funding from Dudley Council for new road safety improvements on the Northway in Sedgley.

Dudley MP Ian Austin has called on the Chancellor to hand over greater powers and more funds to deliver more jobs, new homes, better transport links and higher skills in the West Midlands.

Speaking at Treasury Questions, Austin urged George Osborne to free the West Midlands from the control of bureaucrats in Whitehall to give the new combined authority greater powers over job creation, housing, transport and training.

The Chancellor promised to continue working with local leaders to push for an agreement that devolved “very significant powers” to the Midlands.

Austin is a former Minister for the West Midlands, and has highlighted the JLR plant at i54, the new runway at Birmingham Airport and the regeneration of New Street Station as evidence of the success of previous devolution to the region.

Speaking at Treasury Questions, Ian Austin said:

“The best way to support manufacturing businesses in the Midlands would be to free the region from London’s control. The region has been stifled by Whitehall for far too long.

“If he gives us the powers and funds we need to strengthen the economy, to develop brownfield sites and tackle congestion, we will deliver more jobs, better skills, quicker transport and new homes.”

The Chancellor George Osborne replied:

“Well we have a deal, because that’s exactly what we’re doing with the West Midlands and we’ve worked across different political parties.

“I have met with Labour and Conservative authority leaders and members of Parliament from both parties in the West Midlands, and we have collectively agreed to have an elected mayor and to hand very significant powers from this place and from the Government to the people of the West Midlands.

“I think it is one of the most exciting steps forward in the devolution of power in this country.”

Austin tells Chancellor to hand over greater powers to the West Midlands

Dudley MP Ian Austin has called on the Chancellor to hand over greater powers and more funds to deliver more jobs, new homes, better transport links and higher skills in...


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