MP for North Swindon

Justin Tomlinson MP

Justin Tomlinson MP Announces Engagement

As featured in the Swindon Link - I am delighted to announce my engagement to Jo Wheeler, having proposed whilst we were on holiday in Hong Kong.  We are hoping to marry in 2012 and are very excited about the wedding plans.The full article: http://www.swindonlink.com/news/love-at-first-sight-brings-mp-justin-together-with-jo  

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Justin Tomlinson MP Welcomes Further Boost To Apprentices

Justin Tomlinson MP Meeting Honda Apprentices In ParliamentToday the Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced a £25m fund to support up to 10,000 Advanced and Higher Apprenticeships to boost to skills in Britain.  The fund is central to the ambition of building a vocational route that equals the academic one, increasing social mobility and expanding opportunity for all.The fund will support the expansion of apprenticeships up to degree equivalent in companies, espe...

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What Do Young People Think About Debt Event

Justin Tomlinson MP hosted a Parliamentary event on "What do Young People Think About Debt", jointed hosted by the APPG on Debt and Personal Finance and the APPG on Financial Education for Young People. The event gave MPs the chance to talk to a range of young people including Primary and Secondary aged students and young people from the Cardinal Hume Centre, which supports homeless people under 25.As well as speaking to the young people, MPs joined them in playing pfeg financial ...

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Swindon Advertiser Weekly Article

A variety of reports on the housing market have been published this week, showing very mixed news. On the positive side, the latest figures from the Bank of England have shown a third monthly rise in mortgage lending to house buyers, and the house-builder Bovis has reported improved annual figures. However we are also seeing a fall in the number of owner-occupied homes, with the National Housing Federation (NHF) reporting this could fall to 63.8% by 2021, from a peak of 72.5% in 2001, in main du...

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Swindon Advertiser Weekly Article

Congratulations to all students who’ve received their GCSE results this week. They are a great testament to the hard work and dedication of teachers and students in Swindon.Moving on to the next generation, getting in to your chosen school in first place can be a real challenge. I know from my ten years as a councillor what a serious matter this is for so many families. Not only is it vital for parents to know that their children are going to the best possible schools, but there’s al...

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Swindon Advertiser Weekly Article

On Tuesday, Eric Pickles, the Cabinet Minister in charge of Local Government, visited Swindon. One of the many issues discussed was the regeneration of our town centre, including the Council’s welcome cut in car parking charges. The flat rate of £2 for four hours has reversed reductions in both the numbers of shoppers and the length of time they stay - known in retail jargon as ‘footfall’ and ‘dwell time’. Instead of shoppers popping in to do one task, such as...

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Swindon Advertiser Weekly Article

The extraordinary scenes of rioting, looting and sheer criminality we’ve witnessed over the last week have been truly shocking. So many aspects of it are remarkable: the fact that many of the rioters are so young, the casual brazenness displayed by looters walking out of shops with stolen goods, the wanton destruction of buildings, and the excuses being used to somehow justify the lawlessness. Let me be absolutely clear: this sort of behaviour is never justified under any circumstances. On...

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Justin Tomlinson MP, Swindon Town Centre Speech

We in Swindon have had our challenges. For the past five years there has been an annual drop in footfall in the town centre of about 22%. Swindon has dropped 10 places to 65th in the league table for the best places to shop, with our neighbouring competitors Bristol in 12th place, Reading in 15th, Bath in 22nd, Cheltenham in 27th and Gloucester in 107th. In 2010, 17% of retail units were empty and local Labour politicians had seemingly given up on any hopes for town centre regeneration. But fear...

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