Dudley North MP Ian Austin has met with MPs from around the West Midlands to form a group working for jobs, business and industry in the West Midlands.
Austin Co-Chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Economy of the West Midlands with Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier with MPs from both parties helping to form a group for the new Parliament.
Set up to get MPs from all parties working together to raise issues affecting the regional economy, as well as businesses and organisations in their constituencies, the group regularly meets in Parliament with leading figures from Local Economic Partnerships and businesses in the West Midlands.
The Local Economic Partnerships were established after the Government scrapped the Regional Development Agencies and are locally-owned partnerships between local authorities and businesses tasked with playing a central role in determining local economic priorities and undertaking activities to drive economic growth and the creation of local jobs.
The Group plans to invite business leaders, presidents of chambers of commerce and other organisations to Parliament to discuss the region’s economy and work together to put the West Midlands case in Whitehall.
Ian Austin said:
“The West Midlands was hit hardest by the downturn and is taking the longest to recover.
“We have great strengths in our region: hard work, ingenuity, adaptability and innovation, but we have too many people out of work, we face major challenges when it comes to skills and transport and we need to attract private sector investment and new jobs.
“The group has MPs from both parties and it’s our job to get the best out of the new government’s policies for the West Midlands.”