At its meeting on Monday November 10 2014, Dudley’s Development Control Committee approved a detailed planning application for a mosque with community and sports centres on Hall Street in Dudley.

Due to the high level of community interest in this application, the following questions and answers have been prepared to help ensure people understand the facts.

Dudley South Conservatives have opened up their Parliamentary Candidate selection to everyone living in our constituency in a US-style ‘Primary’.

Dan Horrocks of Dudley South Conservatives said: “No matter who you usually vote for, we think you should pick the man or woman fighting to be our next Member of Parliament.

“To vote, you must register by Friday 21 November, be resident in the Dudley South Parliamentary Constituency and be over the age of 18.

“Your Conservative Candidate will be chosen at a public meeting on Wednesday 26 November 2014.”

Dudley MP Ian Austin has welcomed new plans to reopen the Hippodrome as an entertainment venue.

Wolverhampton-based businessman Jonathan Kendrick has proposed an £8 million plan to work with Friends of the Hippodrome campaigners and turn the building into a multi-purpose venue.

Austin asked Dudley Council to listen to Mr Kendrick’s proposals last Christmas after meeting campaigners battling to save the building.

A Tory candidate has rubbished claims that the party discriminated against a would-be MP because of her Black Country accent.

Glenis Simms was one of two Tory councillors in Dudley who shocked their party by crossing the floor and joining Labour last week.

And the former shadow cabinet member also claimed that she had been snubbed from an approved list of candidates to become Tory MPs because of her strong Black Country accent.

She said she was told she would only ever be selected for seats within the West Midlands.