Ahead of the demonstrations expected to take place in Dudley on Saturday 7 February, Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson, local political leaders on Dudley Council and community leaders have made the following statement and are asking members of the community to add their names to the message also.

“We are all proud that Dudley is a diverse and vibrant borough, in which people from different backgrounds and cultures get on and work together.

“In the West Midlands we respect the values of each other and the rights that we all have to worship safely in whichever way we chose.

“We will protect the right to peacefully protest and want everybody who visits Dudley and the West Midlands to respect local people and their right live in harmony.

“Violence is never acceptable, especially when perpetrated towards Police Officers who are trying to keep us all safe from harm.

“Above all else we call for peace, calm and respect on Saturday 7 February in Dudley.”

Signed by:

David Jamieson, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner

Cllr Yvonne Mosquito, West Midlands Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner

Cllr Judy Foster, West Midlands Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner

Cllr Pete Lowe, Leader of Dudley Council and Leader of the Labour group

Cllr Patrick Harley, Leader of the Conservative group

Cllr Paul Brothwood, Leader of the UKIP group

Cllr Ken Turner, Leader of the Independent group

Cllr Will Duckworth, Green Party

Rev Andrew Wickens, Chair of Dudley Interfaith Network

Imam Hashmi, Imam at Dudley Central Mosque

Rt Revd Graham Usher, Bishop of Dudley

Ian Austin MP for Dudley North

Cllr Stuart Henley

Margot James MP for Stourbridge

Cllr Hilary Bills, Dudley MBC Cabinet member for the Environment

Cllr Rachel Harris, Dudley MBC  Cabinet Member for HR, Legal, Property and Health

Graham Lloyd,  Principal of The Holly Hall Academy

Cllr Steve Waltho, Deputy Mayor of Dudley

Cllr Christine Perks

The Venerable Nikki Groarke, Archdeacon of Dudley

James Moclair

Mr Cruchley, Halesowen

Thomas Reynolds, Stourbridge

Cllr Diana Holl-Allen MBE, Solihull MBC

Jane Williamson

Anyone who wants to endorse this statement is asked to contact the PCC’s office to ask for their name to be added.  Please phone us on 0121 626 6060, or email at WMPCC@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk.

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