An transport industry figure has told the Labour Party Conference HS2 is as vital to the West Midlands economy as Crossrail is to London.
Geoff Inskip, chief executive of West Midlands regional transport authority Centro, said only HS2 could provide the step-change needed to provide jobs and growth, while meeting growing demand for rail and delivering international connectivity.
Ian Austin, MP for North Dudley, has been reselected by Labour to stand for the party in the General Election expected in 2015.
Following his endorsement, Ian Austin 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."