In Parliament Justin has been active in a number of issues:
Promoting Swindon at every opportunity to secure investment, increased funding and help secure new businesses to relocate to Swindon. As a fellow local resident, Swindon is the priority.
Justin was selected as the ‘Total Politics MP of the Month’ in May 2011 in recognition of his campaign for compulsory financial education for young people. Justin set an All-Party Parliamentary Group, and working with Martin Lewis (moneysavingexpert.com), Carol Voderman and PFEG charity have now become the largest APPG in Parliament, with 235 cross-party MPs signed up as supporters. The campaign has led to the inclusion of financial education in the Maths & Citizenship curriculum as of 2014.
Justin is hugely passionate about sport and the opportunity it provides to gain valuable life skills. He successfully campaigned to save the School Sports Partnership - promoting sport in schools and the positive role that sport can play in tackling obesity and constructively engaging with young people. He has also been a big supporter of the StreetGames initiative, which aims to make sport available to some of the most disadvantaged young people in society.
As a former business owner, Justin has been keen to support businesses of all sizes in order to create the next generation of jobs. He has promoted greater access to finance, pushed for less regulation and supported business mentoring. He was appointed as a Small Business Ambassador for the Conservative Party and continues to support businesses across North Swindon.
Justin has been keen to push for help and incentives to encourage new business start-ups amongst young people. He has worked with local colleges and businesses to promote and encourage enterprise in local students. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VV1PC0gle8M
Justin has campaigned on improving customer service and for banks to provide greater transparency on interest rates / charges.
Justin has worked alongside local businesses and championed Swindon at all levels to attract jobs and investment. He has also been a keen supporter of apprenticeships from day one, and is firmly behind the Governments ambition to achieve full employment and create a further 3 million apprentices (on top of the 2 million already created in the last parliament).
Credit & Debt Management
Justin has campaigned and worked with a number of organisations to bring in measures to protect vulnerable consumers from high cost debt.
Justin has always spoken up on the best practice to support and sustain the long-term future of community libraries. As a Councillor, he was responsible for delivering the £10 million town centre library on time and on budget.
Emergency Life Saving Skills (ELS)
An issue that is very personal to Justin, he has worked with organisations like the British Heart Foundation to promote ELS in schools, and is part of the campaign to have them included in the school curriculum to create a generation of life savers.
Justin is passionate about driving up the standards of housing developments, with better quality housing, street scene maintenance, access to green open spaces and adequate infrastructure; in order to deliver an improved quality of life, all too often lacking in new developments. As Swindon is one of the fastest expanding towns in the country, this is something that Justin will continue to push for.