Ian Austin

Labour Candidate for Dudley North

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Shadow Care Minister Liz Kendall has set out Labour’s plans to employ and train more doctors and reduce waiting times while visiting Dudley.

She visited Eve Hill Medical Practice to listen to local doctors, staff and patients.

Official figures show that thousands of patients in Dudley waited a week or more to see their GP in the last year.  Labour has made a commitment to invest in 8,000 more GPs, boost the number of NHS staff trained in Britain and guarantee GP appointments within 48 hours.

Ian Austin has been campaigning to prevent job losses at Russells Hall after the hospital announced that one in ten of the hospital’s 4,200 staff would lose their jobs as a result of government rules that cut spending by £12 million every year.

In a recent letter to Ian Austin the hospital’s Chief Executive Paula Clark has blasted the cuts, saying that they “place care at risk”.

Ian Austin said:

“Like any other local family, we queue up at Russells Hall and local surgeries when we’re ill. Everyone knows the pressure that the local NHS is under.

“Local people are really worried about what will happen if Russells Hall Hospital has to lose one in ten staff, and we have it black and white from hospital bosses that these cuts threaten patient care.

“Fighting for more resources for our local NHS is one of my top priorities because we need more doctors and nurses, shorter waiting times for appointments and treatment and a government that takes action to support frontline staff in places like Dudley.”

Liz Kendall said:

“This government is putting the NHS under massive pressure.  Here in Dudley the local hospital is losing one in ten staff and thousands of patients are waiting a week or more to see their GP.

“That’s why we need a Labour government to tackle this NHS crisis by investing an extra £2.5 billion in 20,000 new nurses and 8,000 new doctors.”

Labour Health and Care Chief visits local GP surgery

Shadow Care Minister Liz Kendall has set out Labour’s plans to employ and train more doctors and reduce waiting times while visiting Dudley.

Member of the House of Lords and founder of Warwick Manufacturing Group Lord Bhattacharyya has visited Dudley College's new advanced manufacturing centre.

The Warwick Manufacturing Group was founded in 1980 by Lord Bhattacharyya to modernise UK manufacturing through research.  The centre currently has over 2,500 postgraduate students and works with partners such as Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Motors.

Lord Bhattacharyya will be joined by Ian Austin to hear about the new manufacturing centre’s role in boosting manufacturing skills in the region.

The visit will take place at Dudley Advance, 6 Priory Road, Dudley DY1 4AD from 11am-12:30pm on Thursday 16th April.

They will also meet Dudley Council transport bosses and the Chief Executive of the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership Sarah Middleton to discuss plans for a light rail link between Dudley and the rail network being developed in conjunction with Warwick Manufacturing Group.

Ian Austin worked with Dudley College, Aston University and local manufacturers to support the construction of Dudley Advance to boost manufacturing skills in the area.

Austin has also campaigned for Dudley to be linked to the national rail network for the last ten years, calling for investment in local transport in the House of Commons and lobbying Dudley Council, Government Ministers and the Local Enterprise Partnership for investment in a rail link.

Ian Austin said:

“Lord Bhattacharyya is an expert on how schools, colleges, universities and manufacturers can work together to create new jobs and businesses, so I’m delighted to welcome him to Dudley Advance where we’re taking the same approach.

“These partnerships are already delivering for Dudley with plans for a new light rail link between Dudley and the rest of our region.

“It’s another example of how making education and skills our number one priority can help our area attract the new businesses and jobs that our future prosperity depends on.”

Britain's leading engineer visits Dudley manufacturing centre

Member of the House of Lords and founder of Warwick Manufacturing Group Lord Bhattacharyya has visited Dudley College's new advanced manufacturing centre.

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Rachel Reeves and Shadow Housing Minister Emma Reynolds have visited Dudley manufacturer Thomas Dudley and called for the creation of thousands of new apprenticeships.

They were joined by Dudley North Labour candidate Ian Austin to meet manufacturing apprentices at Thomas Dudley and hear about the firm’s role in improving manufacturing skills in the region.

Austin has worked closely with Dudley College, Aston University and local manufacturers including Thomas Dudley to support the construction of Dudley Advance, a new centre offering advanced manufacturing training.

Labour is aiming to get as many school leavers into apprenticeships as currently go to university, with guaranteed apprenticeships for students that get the grades.  The party plans to create new apprenticeships by giving businesses greater control over apprenticeship funding, forcing large firms to take on a British apprenticeship for every skilled foreign worker they take on and by creating at least one apprenticeship for every £1 million spent on big government projects like HS2.

Ian Austin said:

“I think we need to make education Dudley’s number one priority to attract new businesses and jobs to replace the ones that we’ve lost.

“Thomas Dudley is making a huge contribution by working with schools, taking on apprentices and working with Dudley College to train local people in manufacturing skills.

“A Labour government would get help local firms create even more apprenticeships so we can get as many school leavers taking apprenticeships as go to university.”

Rachel Reeves said:

“Young people are now nearly three times more likely to be unemployed than the rest of the population. And since 2010 young people’s wages have fallen faster than the rest of the population, leaving them £1760 a year worse off. The Tory plan is failing young people.

“It's great to see how the Thomas Dudley foundry's apprenticeship scheme is giving young people to chance to learn and earn through apprenticeships. A Labour government will guarantee apprenticeships for every school leaver in England who gets the grades by 2020.

“And we will tackle low pay in Dudley by raising the minimum wage to £8 an hour, giving tax rebates to firms who pay their staff a living wage and banning exploitative zero hours contracts.”

Labour Work Chief visits Dudley manufacturer

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Rachel Reeves and Shadow Housing Minister Emma Reynolds have visited Dudley manufacturer Thomas Dudley and called for the creation of thousands of new apprenticeships.


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