MP for North Swindon

Justin Tomlinson MP

North Swindon MP Welcomes New Data Showing Record Numbers Of People In Work

North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson has welcomed news that there are now nearly 1 million more disabled people in work compared to five years ago, thanks to the Government’s efforts to improve access to work for disabled people.Since 2014 the number of disabled people in work has risen from 44% to 52% - meaning there are now more disabled people in employment than not.Justin, who is the Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work, said: “I meet many people with disabilities who are ...

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Justin Tomlinson MP Welcomes New Law To Ban Puppy Farming

Justin Tomlinson MP has celebrated the news this week that a law to ban third-party puppy and kitten sales - which he has actively lobbied Ministers for, and led debates to secure, over past few years -  has been presented to Parliament.The news follows years of campaigning to strengthen the law regarding the selling of puppies and kittens, to ensure that all breeders meet the highest welfare standards.The current law governing the breeding & sales of pets have become outdated, saying th...

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North Swindon MP Meets Local Farmers To Discuss The Future Of Agriculture

North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson visited Roundhill Farm to meet with local farmer Adrian Hares and National Farmers Union representative Andi Witcombe.The National Farmers' Union is the largest body representing farmers, and speaks up for 55,000 farmers across England and Wales – nearly 1,000 of which are in Wiltshire. The meeting allowed Adrian and Andi the chance to outline issues affecting farming in Wiltshire such as; Brexit, the Agriculture Bill, and Rural Crime. Justin was able to outli...

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North Swindon MP Joins Quiz To Raise Funds For Wiltshire Air Ambulance

North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson joined residents at The Jovial Monk for a quiz night in aid of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance.The event was organised by The Ridge Coffee Club to support the charity and its work providing vital emergency assistance to seriously injured and very ill people.The air ambulance can reach a patient 11 minutes from the first call, and makes an average of three life saving missions a day. It costs over £10,000 a day to keep the helicopters flying; equating to around £3....

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Justin Calls On Employers To Do More To Make Mental Health A Priority In The Workplace

Undeniably there has been real, long overdue culture change around mental health in recent years. But in the same week that Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain has spoken candidly about her battle with anxiety, thousands of people will take time off because they just can’t face going into work.Stigma still exists – and often it’s in the workplace that we feel least comfortable being open about our own mental health.We’ve all seen the evidence about how endemic poor mental health...

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North Swindon MP Welcomes New Law To Ban Use Of Wild Animals In Circuses

A new law to ban the use of wild animals in circuses has been announced by the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove.The Wild Animals in Circuses Bill will mean circus operators will no longer be able to use wild animals as part of a travelling circus and follows last year’s commitment from the Government to introduce a ban by the time existing licencing legislation expires in January 2020.The move has been welcomed by North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson, who has campaigned for the ban since the ...

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Swindon Advertiser Column: We Are Breaking Down Barriers To Employment For Disabled People

On Wednesday, Channel 5 rightly celebrated the hugely positive progress which has seen 930,000 more disabled people in work over the last 5 years; taking the disability employment rate from 44.2% to 51.5%. This is the first time ever that more disabled people are in work than out of work. It’s important, because behind these statistics are real people who want to be seen for their skills and abilities.This really matters. Whether it’s through events & meetings with fantastic groups local...

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Justin Opens Expanded McDonald's Site At Greenbridge

North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson enjoyed a visit to a unique branch of McDonald’s after it reopened following an upgrade last month.The Greenbridge Retail Park McDonald’s reopened after a £1.6m refurbishment, which saw the restaurant raised above the ground on stilts allowing customers to drive under the restaurant – and it is believed no other branch in the country has this type of design.The upgrade, which took 11 weeks, was five years in the making and saw the restaurant increase its ...

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