Dudley MP Ian Austin has been elected by Labour MPs to chair the party’s Parliamentary Education Committee.
The Education Committee helps develop Labour's education policies and scrutinises the Government, covering issues such as early years support for families, school standards, apprenticeships and training.
Austin is already a member of the House of Commons Education Select Committee and has been campaigning to make education and skills the number one priority in Dudley and drive up standards in local schools, working with Dudley College to develop new facilities and helping schools like Ellowes Hall and Bishop Milner improve facilities.
Ian Austin said:
“I’ve been saying for a long time that we need to make education and skills Dudley’s number one priority to attract new businesses and jobs to replace the ones that we’ve lost.
“Too few local young people are getting good grades, taking apprenticeships and going to the best universities.
“I think young people in Dudley can do just as well as anyone else, so I’ll be using my place on the committee to push for sharp improvements in school results in places like Dudley.”