Dudley North candidates begin preparations as general election ball starts to roll (From Dudley News)
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Dudley North candidates begin preparations as general election ball starts to roll
12:48pm Monday 9th September 2013 in Local
THE ball is beginning to roll towards the general election and in Dudley North candidates are preparing for battle.
Mr Austin, who was first elected in 2005, has been reselected by the Constituency Labour Party to fight for Dudley North at the next election which is expected in 2015.
He said: "It is a great honour and privilege to have been given this endorsement. Being an MP is a great honour, but to be the MP for your home town and to serve the borough you live in is the greatest privilege of all.
“I’m from here, I love the place, and I want to fight for the hard-working families and pensioners who live here.
“I know people think politicians in Westminster are out of touch and don’t know what life’s like in places like Dudley, but my priority is to listen to local people all year round and work hard to deal with the issues they are concerned about."
The Conservative Party already has their challenger in place - former army officer Afzal Amin who has been selected as prospective parliamentary candidate for Dudley North.
Mr Armin, who grew up in the Black Country, saw active service in Iraq and three tours of Afghanistan during his military career where he reached the rank of captain and worked on counter insurgency operations.
He has two teenage children and says now hopes to give something back to the community and is especially passionate about education, defence and care for the elderly.
Both main parties will be keeping a close eye on the UK independence Party (UKIP) whose prospective parliamentary candidate is Bill Etheridge.
The eurosceptic party has seen an increase in support since the last election and voters defecting to them could have a major say in who takes the Dudley North seat in Westminster.
Mr Etheridge, who is chairman of the Dudley and Halesowen UKIP branch, said: "I have worked hard all of my life and intend to continue doing so. I am involved in politics because it affects every single aspect of our lives.
"I do not want people telling us how we should live our lives, making the laws and running the country into the ground when they have not got the first clue about actually living and working in the real world.
" I am a person who knows the daily struggles, the cost of a pint of milk, what it is like to care for a sick/disabled relative whilst trying to work full time, how to find the bargains to save money when out shopping, how to live on a very limited budget, what it is like to have been out of work, essentially what it is like to be just an ordinary member of the public."
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