MP for North Swindon

Justin Tomlinson MP

Justin Tomlinson MP Calls For A National Insurance Scheme For Schools Trips

A national insurance scheme could be set up by the Government to help pay for all schools to take children on trips.Schools Minister Sarah Teather has promised to look at the plan.North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson said the high cost of minibus insurance for teachers limits the number of outings.During a debate on outdoor learning, he said: "If something could be done about that, it would make a considerable difference. It often costs more than £1,000, and is a particular barrier ...

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Modernising The NHS

Andrew Lansley MP, Secretary of State for Health, has published the Health and Social Care Bill 2011."Modernising the NHS is a necessity, not an option', he said. 'In order to meet rising need in the future, we need to make changes now. We need to take steps to improve health outcomes, bringing them up to the standards of the best international healthcare systems, and to bring down the NHS money spent on bureaucracy."And Andrew added, "This legislation will deliver changes...

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Justin Tomlinson MP Joins The All Party Parliamentary Beer Group

Justin Tomlinson MP has joined the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group, in addition to being a member of the 'Save The Pub' All-Party Parliamentary Group.The Group's objectives are to promote the wholesomeness and enjoyment of beer and the unique role of the pub in United Kingdom society, to increase understanding of the social, cultural and historic role of brewing and pubs in the United Kingdom and their value to tourism, to broaden recognition of the contribution of brewing and pub...

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Swindon Advertiser Weekly Article

One of my favourite TV programmes is Dragons’ Den, and this week I got a small taste of just how daunting that process can be.I have been working with Labour MP Stella Creasy in a cross-party attempt to cap the huge interest rates charged by payday, doorstep and hire purchase lenders. As I have seen through my own casework, local residents are targeted by unscrupulous lenders who are legally allowed to charge whatever they want for credit, trapping people into an increasing cycle of expens...

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Swindon Advertiser Weekly Article

As a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group ‘Save the Pub’ and The British Beer and Pub Association, I have been taking a keen interest in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill. In particular I’m interested in proposed changes to the Licensing Act 2003 to give licensing authorities, the police and local communities a greater say in licensing decisions. I welcome the thrust of these plans, but there are four key areas I will be keeping a close eye on to make sure...

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Swindon Advertiser Weekly Article

As we enter 2011, we are seeing the economy come out of the danger zone, but we still have much to do and we face many challenges to get our fragile economy back on track. It is only through decisive action that we will see a strong, long-term return to growth.The primary concern when we came to power was to avoid a double dip recession following the two years of contraction under Labour. A return to growth was secured in 2010; a significant, if modest, step forward. It is absolutely right and p...

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Swindon Advertiser Weekly Article

Parliament has now risen for the Christmas recess, a welcome opportunity for me to spend all my time back in Swindon, catching up on local visits, constituency work and hopefully a good mix of local sport – weather permitting!Throughout the recent adverse weather, we have seen fantastic efforts from those responsible for keeping our roads clear and safe. Local authorities are far better prepared this year, avoiding the dangerous grit shortages of last year. However, in Parliament I did tak...

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Swindon Advertiser Weekly Article

This week I was delighted to support a bill to create an extra bank holiday for St George’s Day in England and for St David’s Day in Wales. Having bank holidays on these saints’ days will help us celebrate what makes our nation so great. These will be days on which we can be even more proud of all the best aspects of English and Welsh culture and society. Making St George’s and St David’s days official bank holidays celebrated by the nation will also go a long way t...

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