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Less than four weeks to register to vote!

A giant ad-van is touring Sandwell this week reminding people they have less than four weeks to register to vote.

The deadline to get registered to vote in the general and local elections is April 20. It’s easy to register – it can be done online and takes less than five minutes.

For anyone who doesn’t have access to the web, free internet access is available at all Sandwell libraries and at the council’s One Stop Shop in Oldbury.

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Dudley MP Ian Austin has presented a 2,500 name petition to save the Seven Stars pub to Parliament.

Campaigners are working to protect the Seven Stars pub in Sedgley after Morrisons announced a desire to buy the pub from Marston’s and turn it into a supermarket.

Austin has since worked with campaigners to get the pub listed as an Asset of Community Value, and has pushed for extra protections for community pubs in Parliament.

People can get unique Christmas gifts this weekend with the Small Business Saturday market in Dudley town centre.

Taking place on Saturday 6 December at Stone Street Square, the stalls will be occupied by Dudley borough residents who make and sell items from their home.

The festive market will run from 10am to 4pm next to the town’s Christmas tree. Family entertainment and music will be provided throughout the day.  

The market is the final event of Dudley’s wider Small Business Week, which also included free business clinics.

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.”

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.