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Severe fire at snooker club in Dudley

50 firefighters have tackled a severe fire at a snooker club it Dudley overnight.

The blaze broke out at around 2:00am at the Dudley Snooker Club in Stafford Street.

The building is structurally unsafe.

Nobody was in the building at the time of the fire and no injuries have been reported.

West Midlands Fire Service says an investigation is now underway into the cause of the blaze.


Les Jones replaces Afzal Amin in race for Dudley North

Cllr Les Jones was former leader of Dudley Council Credit: Dudley Council website

Councillor Les Jones has been chosen as the new prospective parliamentary candidate for Dudley North after the resignation of Afzal Amin amid allegations he met with the EDL to stage a protest against a mosque in an attempt to win votes.

Dudley North is a key marginal seat and target for the Conservatives, which is currently held by Labour's Ian Austin, who has been the incumbent MP for ten years.

Les Jones has previously been the leader of Dudley Council, and also stood as a candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections.


Former council leader to be Tory Dudley North PPC

Labour: Why did Amin's resignation take so long?

The Labour shadow Cabinet Office minister Jon Ashworth has questioned why Afzal Amin's resignation took so long, after it emerged he allegedly 'schemed' with the EDL to try to win votes.

It's right that Afzal Amin has gone but what on earth took so long? Given the serious allegations involved it was obvious that David Cameron should have expelled him immediately. Instead he dithered until the candidate himself jumped before he was pushed.

This deeply damaging episode has exposed a Conservative campaign in chaos and a Prime Minister paralysed by indecision.

– Jon Ashworth MP, Labour

Dudley North UKIP candidate reacts to Amin resignation

The UKIP candidate for the Dudley North seat in the General Election has reacted to the news that Conservative candidate Afzal Amin has resigned from the party after alleged 'scheming' with the EDL.

Obviously, I welcome the decision by Mr Amin to finally resign and draw the whole sorry saga for the Tories to an end.

He has let himself, his party and the people of Dudley North down.

The Tories are finished in Dudley. UKIP will continue to put the people of Dudley first.

– Bill Etheridge MEP, UKIP candidate for Dudley North

Party chairman welcomes Amin's decision to resign

In a statement issued by the Conservatives, the Party chairman 'welcomed' Afzal Amin's decision to resign as a candidate for the Dudley North seat in the General Election.

Afzal Amin is resigning as Conservative candidate for Dudley North with immediate effect. Conservative Chairman Grant Shapps has welcomed Mr Amin’s decision and thanked him for his work in the past.

– Conservative Party spokesman

The party says it will now select a new candidate to stand in the seat at the election.

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