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The UK has voted to leave the EU - a process that has come to be known as Brexit. Here is what is likely to happen next.

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At exactly 06:00 BST it was confirmed that the UK had voted to leave the European Union. The first thing to stress is that the UK will not leave immediately. The UK will still be a member of the European Union at this stage. The process of leaving will begin, however.

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A Coseley school which has suffered falling pupil numbers and exam results will close as education bosses vow to put the needs of pupils first.


The Coseley School will undergo a phased closure over the next 12 months after cabinet agreed to close the school tonight (Thursday) in the interests of pupils.

In September 2016 the school had just over 520 pupils - half of its 975 capacity, and last year’s GCSE results placed it bottom of all borough secondary schools for five A*-C GCSEs including English and maths.


A third annual climb of Ben Nevis is being launched to honour Dudley mountaineer, local hero, peace campaigner and charity fundraiser Bert Bissell and raise funds for local charities.

Dudley North MP Ian Austin has assembled the biggest team yet for this year’s climb taking place on Thursday 11thAugust.

Over twenty charity fundraisers from Dudley will be led by Austin and the new Dudley Mayor Mo Hanif, including Deputy Mayor Dave Tyler, local councillors Keiran Casey and Steve Waltho, Bert’s lifelong friend Astley Blake who now runs the Bible Class he established, and local charity campaigners Damian Corfield, Shaz Saleem and Steve Rayner.


Dudley MP Ian Austin has stepped up his campaign to keep the Black Country Bugle in Dudley by tabling a motion in Parliament and meeting with the paper’s staff.

Austin will be meeting Black Country Bugle staff to discuss their concerns at 12pm on Friday 20thMay at their office in Dudley Archives, Tipton Road, Dudley DY1 4SQ.

The Early Day Motion tabled by the MP sets out local opposition to the move and calls for the paper’s owner Trinity Mirror to put its plans on pause to consult on alternatives that would save jobs and keep the paper in Dudley.  Black Country MPs Adrian Bailey, Emma Reynolds, John Spellar, Valerie Vaz and David Winnick have already added their names.


Over 900 people have signed a petition to save the Black Country Bugle paper and keep it in Dudley.

The petition was set up by Dudley MP Ian Austin to show the strength of local opposition to plans that would see the Bugle moved to Tamworth.

The Bugle’s parent company Trinity Mirror have announced the move alongside plans to cut the number of reporters at the paper and leave it without an editor.  The company is currently consulting with staff over the plans.