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Dudley North MP Ian Austin joined campaigners in Parliament this week to mark 200 years since Parkinson’s was first recognised as a condition.

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Austin met with representatives from the charity Parkinson’s UK and people affected by Parkinson’s to hear about the work the charity is doing to raise awareness of the illness. 

Austin talked to staff and volunteers about the strides that have been made in understanding the condition since it was first recognised in 1817, but also the work that is still to be done as there is no cure for Parkinson’s and current medication can’t stop the condition from progressing.

Parkinson’s UK highlighted the issues faced by people with Parkinson’s, including the urgent need to include Parkinson’s in dementia research as Dementia and mild cognitive impairment have a devastating impact on people with Parkinson’s and their families.

Parkinson’s affects one in 500 people in the Black Country and can cause symptoms including insomnia, depression, and hallucinations, robbing people of their independence. But through more research, improved services, and empowering people with Parkinson’s to take control, their lives can be turned around.

Ian Austin MP said:

“I have met with lots of people who are suffering with or caring for loved ones with Parkinson’s in Dudley.

“It is a terrible condition but thanks to the work of staff and volunteers at charities such as Parkinson’s UK much is being done to help them.

“Parkinson’s research is a fundamental part of the solution to the nation’s dementia challenge.

“I look forward to working with the charity to ensure that people affected by these issues in Dudley can feel confident that everything is being done to drive forward research and improve lives.”

Parkinson’s UK Chief Executive Steve Ford said:

“With 2017 marking such a significant anniversary for us, we wanted to reflect on what we have achieved and what we have yet to do in order to improve the lives of everybody affected by Parkinson’s, but we can’t do this alone.

“That’s why it’s brilliant Ian has pledged to help us drive forward vital research.

“We look forward to seeing the difference Ian can make in Dudley, and how he can help us to keep Parkinson’s on the political agenda.”

Austin marks 200 years of Parkinson’s

Dudley North MP Ian Austin joined campaigners in Parliament this week to mark 200 years since Parkinson’s was first recognised as a condition.

Card will be sent to people across the country.

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A Christmas card designed by Joseph Alexander Sheppard of Foxyards Primary School in Dudley will be finding its way through the letterboxes of hundreds of people across the country, including the Queen, the Prime Minister and the Speaker of the House of Commons, after the youngster won Ian Austin’s Parliamentary Christmas card competition.

Austin will be presenting Joseph with his prize at Foxyards Primary School, Foxyards Drive, DY4 8BH during the school assembly on Monday 11th December at 9am.

Austin invited local school kids to design his parliamentary Christmas cards and received hundreds of entries.

The winning design shows a Christmas scene with Santa flying over the Houses of Parliament as well as Dudley’s own famous landmarks.

The cards have been professionally printed in full colour and include the name and school of the winner and three runners up. Prizes include a family ticket to Dudley Zoo and Castle, a family ticket to the Black Country Museum and gift vouchers for Hobbycraft.

The card will be sent to hundreds of Dudley residents, charities, businesses and community groups as well as national figures like the Queen, Prime Minister and the Speaker of the House of Commons.

Ian Austin MP said:

“Yet again, the standard of this year’s entrants has been really high. I loved Joseph's design of a Christmas scene with well-known Dudley landmarks such as the castle and zoo.

“It’s a huge privilege to go to Foxyards Primary and present Joseph with an award for his design skills.

“I’d like to thank all of the children and the schools who entered, and the local businesses who donated prizes.”

Local boy wins MP's Christmas card competition

Card will be sent to people across the country.

Dudley North MP Ian Austin visited Westfield Sports Cars last week to see the developments they are making with electric cars.

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Westfield is 100% British owned and manufactures sports cars in the heart of the Black Country.

Austin met with Managing Director Julian Turner to talk about the new technologies they are developing in the growing market of electric cars.

Austin has recently joined the Parliamentary Group for the Fourth Industrial Revolution to make sure areas like the Black Country aren’t left behind from advances in new-technology. He promised to campaign to bring new investment, new industries and new jobs to the Black Country.

Ian Austin said:

“Dudley lit the spark that fired the industrial revolution, changing the whole of the world. No one is prouder of the area than me, but we all know we’ve struggled to new investment, new industries and new jobs to replace the ones we lost in traditional industries.

“Manufacturers like Westfield are fast adapting to advances in new industries and technology so I am delighted to go and learn about what they are doing to bring investment and new jobs to the area. 

Visit to car manufacturer for Dudley MP

Dudley North MP Ian Austin visited Westfield Sports Cars last week to see the developments they are making with electric cars.  


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