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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.

Tesco is teaming up with the Trussell Trust and FareShare in a bid to boost food bank donations for local people.

Volunteers and Tesco staff are collecting items at the front of the Tesco Extra store at Burnt Tree, from Thursday 1st December until Saturday 3rd December.

Austin will join volunteers at the store to help collect items at 2:30pm on Friday 2nd December.

Volunteers will be on hand to inform people of the items which they can donate. All collections will help feed local families who are struggling to put food on the table.

Austin has previously worked with foodbank volunteers and Tesco staff to organise collections at the store. Nationally, food banks are still experiencing record demand, with 1.1 million emergency visits to food banks over the last year, up from just 40,898 in 2010.

Ian Austin said:

“I’m really pleased that Tesco have organised these extra collections after the last ones I helped organise were such a success.

“It's terrible that people are going hungry in the 21st century, but volunteers at local foodbanks do brilliant work to help those short of food and it’s great that Tesco’s local staff want to help out.

“Black Country people are the most generous in Britain, so I know local people will rally round to help out this weekend.”

Austin to join food bank collection at Tesco

Tesco is teaming up with the Trussell Trust and FareShare in a bid to boost food bank donations for local people.

Dudley MP Ian Austin will unveil a new £1.3 million all-weather pitch at Dudley College this Friday.

Austin will open the new pitch at Dudley College’s campus on Priory Road at 1pm this Friday 2nd December.

The new pitch has been made possible thanks to a £875,000 grant from the Premier League and the FA Facilities Fund which helps develop new grassroots football facilities.

The new facility will benefit the College’s Team Dudley players and be available for wider community use too.

Wrens Nest FC and The Albion Foundation have also drawn up a plan for the facility that will see the number of clubs using the site grow from 4 to 38 in just under a five year period.

Ian Austin said:

“I think I spent pretty much every Sunday afternoon as a teenager playing football with my mates on the Priory Road pitches and I wish we’d had fantastic facilities like these in those days!

“It’s brilliant to hear that so many local people are already using the new pitch and changing rooms every day. These new all-weather pitches help keep youngsters fit and healthy, off the streets and out of trouble so I want to thank Dudley College for their hard work and the Premier League and the FA Facilities Fund for the financial support for this great addition to the town and the Dudley Learning Quarter. I hope it will encourage more people of all ages to put their boots on and get out here and enjoy the beautiful game.”

Austin unveils £1.3m pitch at Dudley College

Dudley MP Ian Austin will unveil a new £1.3 million all-weather pitch at Dudley College this Friday.


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