Ian Austin MP

Independent MP for Dudley North

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Ian Austin calls for Parliament to be moved out of London

Dudley North MP Ian Austin stood up in the chamber to call for Parliament to be moved out of London whilst it gets its multi-billion pound repairs.

 

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He wants Parliament moved out of London to bring Parliament closer to the people it serves and boost investment in the regions. £1.5bn is planned for a new Chamber at Richmond House, but Austin argues that this could easily be built in the Black Country.

 

Austin has previously moved a Parliamentary Bill proposing to move 100,000 civil services jobs from London to the regions, saving £10 billion from the sale of expensive London offices and an extra £725 million annually from cheaper property and staffing costs.

 

Ian Austin said:

 

"Parliament badly needs refurbishment and I think we use this opportunity to break the Westminster bubble and move MPs and government departments out of London to the Midlands.

 

"Unlike other countries we’ve got government, Parliament, business, finance and the media all concentrated in London, so let’s set an example and move Parliament out of London – preferably to West Midlands in the middle of the country.

 

“I think that would take pressure off London’s overheated economy and imagine how moving government to the regions could help bring new investment and new jobs to areas like the Midlands.

 

"Most important of all, it would force the metropolitan elite ruining the government and the civil service to listen to the rest of us and find out what life is like outside London.”

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