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Dudley radio station praised by top Tory MP
5:35pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
A DUDLEY radio station played host to some high profile guests to show off its new studios.
Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps called at Black Country Community Radio in Netherton for a look, and listen, to their plans to take to the airwaves.
Mr Shapps along with Dudley South MP Chris Kelly and Dudley North prospective parliamentary candidate Afzal Amin heard how the volunteer-run station currently broadcasts on the internet but plans to go for a licence for the FM waveband.
Mr Shapps said: "This is really good to see something so community based people get local news and information.
"It is exactly what we describe as big society, I wish them every success."
Former army captain Afzal Amin is targeting the Labour held Dudley North constituency in the next general election, which is expected in 2015.
He says despite stubbornly bad unemployment figures in the region there are signs of economic recovery which shows Tory austerity measures are working.
Mr Amin said: "When I walk around Dudley and Netherton there is a sense of confidence coming back to people.
"I have already started doing some casework and am enjoying helping people to overcome their problems."
Labour hope to unseat Chris Kelly, who won his seat from the red corner of politics last time out, and he says he is taking nothing for granted.
Mr Kelly said: "Results are starting to show positive outcomes which are being reflected in my visits to businesses in my constituency.
"I am taking nothing for granted and continuing to work hard. I am looking forward to welcoming Afzal to the green benches in Westminster."
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