Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin says let's bring power out of London

We must focus on English voters in all regions says MP

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Dudley North MP Ian Austin has joined the English Labour Network (ELN) which focuses the Labour Party on reconnecting with English tradition, history and culture.

The English Labour Network was launched this summer and already has the support of hundreds of Labour MPs, council leaders, councillors, and activists.

Arguing that it is time for Whitehall to give more power to England through devolution, the new group wants the Labour Party to reconnect with English voters and give them a bigger voice.

The devolved Governments in Scotland and Wales have powers over policy areas including health, social care and education. The ELN wants there to be a manifesto with ‘England only’ policies such as university fees, housing and other issues for English voters at General Elections.

 Ian Austin MP said:

“I’ve joined the ELN because I think it’s time English voters are given the same respect by Whitehall as those is Wales and Scotland.

“England has a distinctive history and culture, which should be celebrated. We need to focus on voters here and bring powers out of London and in to the regions of England.”

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