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Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin pledges to help St John's Church volunteers

Dudley North MP Ian Austin is pledging to help volunteers working to bring St John's Church in Kates Hill back to use.

He will be meeting Deb Brownlee who chairs the St John's Church Preservation Group. The church was handed over to the group last year after a 14-year campaign to bring the church back into use after its closure in 2002.

The visit takes place at St John's Church, St John's Road, Kates Hill at 2.00pm, Friday January 13th.

Austin will also be signing up to 'Take The Pledge' in which local people commit to contributing two hours a month to the restoration project.

And he will be donating £100 to the campaign group's funds from the good causes fund he set up with the MP's pay rise.

Ian Austin said:

"Deb Brownlee and her team have campaigned tirelessly to bring the church back into use for the community. They raised funds, recruited volunteers and worked non-stop to save the church for local people.

"I want to see inside the church myself. I understand from Deb that there's still a lot of work to do and I want to help the group in the future as I have tried to do in the past.

"I promised at the election that when times are tough for so many local families I would use the MPs' pay rise to help good causes so I'll be making a donation too."

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