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Labour MP for Dudley North

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Over 270 local residents have signed a petition against the closure of the Zoar Street branch of Barclays in Gornal.

The petition has been launched by local Councillor Dave Branwood after residents were informed that the branch is set to close in October this year.

The closure would leave Gornal without a local bank, with residents having to travel to Sedgley for their nearest branch.

Branwood is planning to present the petition to Barclays to show the strength of local support and is encouraging local businesses and residents to sign up at http://www.ianaustin.co.uk/save_our_bank

Cllr Branwood has recently been successful in securing £75,000 to revamp the bus station in Gornal which will create extra car parking, helping residents, traders and shoppers. He has welcomed news of investment in to the library and has been promoting plans for a new supermarket to bring visitors to the area.

Cllr Dave Branwood said:

“This petition just goes to show how many local people rely on this branch and will find it difficult to travel to another.

“I have been working hard with traders and residents to make sure the village is as good as it can be and I really don’t want to see the bank standing empty.

“We led a successful campaign to save the Post Office on the Straits and I don’t see why the same can’t be done here. Gornal has a bright future so I will be writing to the Chairman of Barclays Bank asking him to think again and I would encourage others do the same.”

270 sign petition to save Barclays branch from closure

Over 270 local residents have signed a petition against the closure of the Zoar Street branch of Barclays in Gornal.

Black Country MPs have been celebrating Black Country Day in Parliament.

Dudley MP Ian Austin took a Black Country Flag to Parliament so that he, Warley MP John Spellar and Wolverhampton North East MP Emma Reynolds could fly flag in front of Big Ben.

Austin has taken part in a number of events to mark Black Country Day across Dudley, including events in Sedgley, Gornal and the town centre.

Ian Austin said:

“I grew up in Dudley and no-one is prouder of the Black Country than me, so I thought it would be a good idea to fly our flag in Parliament.

“Dudley lit the spark that fired the industrial revolution, transforming our country’s economy, prosperity and global power, so it was the Black Country that put the great into Great Britain.

“Black Country Day is brilliant because it brings our whole community together in celebration and pride at the greatest place in the country.”

Austin brings Black Country Day to Parliament

Black Country MPs have been celebrating Black Country Day in Parliament.

Dudley MP Ian Austin has visited his old school to celebrate his first teacher’s retirement.

Teacher Sue Hanning retires at the end of this school term after 43 years of service first at St Edmund’s School and then at St Edmund’s and St John’s.

Her retirement assembly will be attended by a number of ex-pupils including Austin who was taught by Ms Hanning back in the seventies.

The MP will give a short speech paying tribute to Ms Hanning’s work and encouraging current pupils to set high ambitions.

Ian Austin said:

“I’m delighted to be able to come back to my old school and pay tribute to Sue’s contribution to generations of children in Dudley.

“I think we should do much more to praise the work of brilliant teachers like Sue who do their best for every child they teach.”

Austin goes back to school to celebrate teacher's retirement

Dudley MP Ian Austin has visited his old school to celebrate his first teacher’s retirement.


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