Ian Austin MP

Member of Parliament for Dudley North

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Dudley MP Ian Austin has called on Government Ministers to get a grip on border checks.

Speaking in the House of Commons today, Austin slammed the Government for failing to meet its immigration target and cutting the number of people turned away at the border.

Austin has held a dozen public meetings in Dudley to listen to his constituents’ views on immigration over the last six weeks and demanded Ministers introduce a range of measures to tackle the issue including:

  • bringing in exit checks to count people in and out of the country
  • bringing back finger print checks for illegal migrants at Calais
  • stopping people claiming benefits for children abroad
  • and changing the law to make it easier to deport EU criminals for a first offence when they first arrive

Speaking in the debate, Ian Austin said:

“The government has completely failed to meet their immigration target and the number stopped at the border and sent home has actually fallen by 45%.

“Why won’t they bring in exit checks to count people in and out, why won’t they bring back finger print checks for illegal migrants at Calais, why won’t they stop people claiming benefits for children abroad and change the law to make it easier to deport EU criminals for a first offence when they first arrive?”

Austin demands government gets a grip on immigration

Dudley MP Ian Austin has called on Government Ministers to get a grip on border checks.

A local group have raised a grand total of £4,600 for local charities after climbing Ben Nevis.

Dudley MP Ian Austin joined the Mayor’s Consort Councillor Adam Aston, Deputy Mayor Councillor Steve Waltho and Armed Forces Champion Councillor Dave Tyler to plant the Black Country flag on the mountain in honour of Dudley hero Bert Bissell.

Bert Bissell (1902-1998) founded the Young Men's Bible Class at Vicar Street in Dudley. He lived at Selborne Road. He was a probation officer and climbed Ben Nevis on VJ Day in 1945 and many times afterwards, constructing a Peace Cairn at its summit. There is a monument to Bert at Coronation Gardens opposite the Council House.

Bert was a friend of the Austin family and someone the MP knew well as a child.

Half of the money will now go to the Mayor’s charities Action Heart and Guide dogs with the rest being split between the Children’s Unit at Russells Hall, the local Royal British Legion and Black Country Fast Aid to support local ambulances.

Ian Austin said:

“We’ve been overwhelmed by local people’s generosity, it goes to show the enduring legacy of Bert’s work in the community.

“He was a great friend of my family and I remember him well. He was a legendary figure and an inspiration to so many of us.

“I’m really grateful to everyone who made a donation, I know this will make a big difference to local charities.”

Bert Bissell Memorial Walk raises £4,600

A local group have raised a grand total of £4,600 for local charities after climbing Ben Nevis.

Dudley MP Ian Austin is visiting the renovated premises of successful local business Hart Materials.

Hart Materials supplies raw materials to companies involved in high-tech manufacturing. The Wombourne-based supplier was founded by Sedgley businessman Dr. Tony Hart in 1981, and continued growth has recently seen it move to a larger site on Planks Lane, Wombourne where it is now in the final stages of developing its new Technology Centre.

Austin has praised the business for generating almost 50 per cent of its sales outside the UK, and for its contribution to the growth of high-technology processes that benefit manufacturing industry throughout the UK.

Austin will be visiting Hart Materials’ renovated premises on Planks Lane, Wombourne at 11:30am on Friday 10 October.

Ian Austin said:

“I’m pleased to see Hart Materials is going from strength to strength led by Dr. Tony Hart who grew up and was educated locally, in Wolverhampton, graduating in 1964 from the University of Aston Birmingham.

“Local businesses like Hart Materials are forging a technology-based revolution that will ultimately bring new, sustainable jobs to Dudley.

“I want to support that growth by making education our number one priority, training the next generation to have the skills that new industries need.”

Local MP visits growing tech supplier

Dudley MP Ian Austin is visiting the renovated premises of successful local business Hart Materials.


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