Ian Austin MP

Independent MP for Dudley North


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“I’ll fight against the bid to build on the greenbelt” promises Dudley MP

Dudley North MP Ian Austin is backing residents fighting plans to build on the Seven Cornfields.

Austin is urging Dudley, Wolverhampton and Staffordshire Councils to block plans to build on the precious greenbelt land between his constituency in Sedgley, Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire.

He’ll be walking around the site with resident this evening – Wednesday 18th, meeting at the Beacon Centre for the Blind at 5.00pm.

And he’ll be attending the public meeting tomorrow at 8.00pm at St Bart’s Church in Penn.

He is writing to every local resident in the area, to the local authorities involved urging them to oppose these plans and he’s asking to meet Barratt Homes.

Ian Austin said:

“I am completely opposed to these plans and promise I will do everything I can to support local residents to prevent this land being used for housing.

“We need more housing, but there are lots of brownfield sites in the Black Country which should be used. This is precious open land between Sedgley, Wolverhampton and Staffordshire – it is loved and used by lots of local people who are very worried about plans to build on it.”


Dudley North MP Ian Austin has invited TV superstar Rachel Riley to visit Dudley this week.

The Countdown “Numbers Lady” will be talking to school pupils and students about her love for maths before helping raise funds for the YMCA’s Open Doors project which helps homeless and vulnerable youngsters.

Rachel Riley competed in Strictly Come Dancing and appears in 8 out of 10 Cats.

She also co-presented The Gadget Show and It’s Not Rocket Science.

She’ll be visiting Dudley College’s Priory Road campus at 11.45 on Thursday 19th September.

Ian Austin said:

“I’m from Dudley, I love the place and I want local youngsters to have big ambitions and all the help, support and encouragement they need to fulfil them.

"Who better than a TV star like Rachel to inspire them about maths and science?

“And isn’t it fantastic that she’s taking time out to help us raise funds for the YMCA’s Open Doors project which does so much to help homeless young people.”


Dudley North MP Ian Austin dressed in pink to support Breast Cancer Now’s flagship fundraiser ‘wear it pink’ which takes place on Friday 18 October.

Joining him on the day were four Breast Cancer Now supporters who have been affected by breast cancer.

Since launching in 2002, ‘wear it pink’ has raised over £33 million to date.

Austin is calling for his constituents to join him by signing up for ‘wear it pink’ to fundraise for life-saving breast cancer research and life changing support for those affected by the disease.

Anyone can take part in ‘wear it pink’. Some choose to hold a cake sale, while others will opt to organise a raffle and some will arrange a pink fancy dress day at their school or workplace.

No matter how people chose to wear it pink, all the money raised will help to fund vital breast cancer research and support.

Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now said:

“Breast cancer still affects so many of us, and our goal as a charity is that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live, and be supported to live well.

“The money raised from wear it pink is so crucial to this helping us to fund vital breast cancer research and support for those affected by the disease.

“We hope that by wearing pink, Ian Austin will encourage more people to wear it pink in on 18 October and help us to continue to fund vital breast cancer research and support.”

Ian Austin said:

“Every year in the UK, around 55,000 women and around 350 men are given the devastating news that they have breast cancer, and from 2014-2016 an average of 296 women a year developed breast cancer in Dudley.

“That’s why I’m encouraging people in Dudley to take part in Breast Cancer Now’s ‘wear it pink’ day on Friday 18 October. 

“The money raised by this wonderful event has such a huge impact, allowing Breast Cancer Now to fund vital research and support for those living with a diagnosis.

“There are already 12 ‘wear it pink’ events taking place in Dudley North and I hope that everybody will wear it pink this October and support this very important cause.”

Wear it pink on 18 October and raise funds for breast cancer research and support. Visit wearitpink.org/mp to register and claim your free fundraising pack.


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