Dudley MP Ian Austin has set out his pledges for 2017 in a New Year message to his constituents.
Austin has promised to make education his number one priority in the year ahead to attract new investment and new job to replace those lost in traditional industries.
He has also committed to voting to trigger Article 50 as soon as the Prime Minister brings it to Parliament, saying he respects the 70 per cent of people in Dudley that voted to leave the EU. His priorities for the negotiations ahead to support local businesses, ensure that the Government replaces lost EU funding, a new plan on immigration that ends free movement and introduces an Australian-style points system, safeguarding employment rights and extra money that was promised for the NHS.
The MP will continue to work on his pledges from the last election, including investment in the local NHS, investment in Dudley town centre, support for local policing, common-sense measures on immigration and to continue using the MPs’ pay rise to increase his support for local good causes.
Austin’s New Year message also warns about unfair and disproportionate cuts to Dudley’s funding. Dudley has lost £76 million since 2010, almost halving the money available for education, libraries, local roads, housing, care and other services.
Ian Austin said:
“My priority in 2017 will be to to keep standing up for folk in Dudley—whether people in Westminster like it or not, just as I have always tried to do.
“I was brought up here, I went to St Edmunds, Russells Hall and the Dudley School. My first job was at McDonalds on the High Street and like everyone else from Dudley I remember our town’s past. I work hard all year round because I want to make Dudley a strong town again, with strong industries, a strong community and strong public services.
“My message is clear: I’m from Dudley and I’m on your side.”