MP for North Swindon

Justin Tomlinson MP

North Swindon MP Highlights New Statistics Which Show Wages Are Up & Unemployment Is Down

New independent statistics show that workers in the UK have seen the fastest wage growth for nearly a decade, news which has been welcomed by North Swindon MP and Work & Pensions Minister, Justin Tomlinson.Figures released by the Office of National Statistics show that wages rose by 3.1% in the three months since August – the fastest rise since 2009 – 0.7% above inflation; meaning families will be able to feel the benefit of increasing wages.The above inflation increase, the seventh cons...

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Justin Welcomes Launch Of New Loneliness Strategy

The Prime Minister has launched the Government’s Loneliness Strategy, to tackle what has been described as ‘one of the greatest public health challenges of our time'.Evidence shows that up to a fifth of all UK adults feel lonely most or all of the time and loneliness can be as bad for a person's health as obesity or smoking. For example 200,000 older people have not had a conversation with a friend or relative in more than a month.The strategy, which sets out the Government’s plans to chan...

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Swindon Advertiser Column: Our New Cancer Strategy Will Save Lives

Cancer can strike any of us at any time. Half of us will be diagnosed with cancer; all of us know someone who has been.Nothing prepares you for the shock of being told that you or a loved one has been diagnosed. Nothing prepares you for the loss of someone close. Survival rates are up. Around 7,000 more people alive today compared to 2010 because of improvements in diagnosis & treatment, as well as the Cancer Drugs Fund we created.But while we’ve seen improvements, we are still lagging beh...

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North Swindon MP Welcomes Prime Minister's Wide-Ranging & Positive Speech

The Prime Minister Theresa May gave an energetic and confident speech as she closed the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham last week.During the speech she called for unity over Brexit and asserted her confidence in a post-Brexit Britain, saying: “Don’t let anyone tell you we don’t have what it takes, we have everything we need to succeed.”The strong economy was also highlighted, and the Prime Minister reaffirmed her commitment to backing businesses and supporting the free market...

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Justin Joins Wiltshire's Chief Constable On The Beat In Swindon

This week Justin Tomlinson MP joined Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Kier Pritchard out on the beat, as they covered over 12,00 steps across Pinehurst, Penhill, Rodbourne Cheney, Gorse Hill & Upper Stratton.Kier was previously a police officer in Swindon, and both he & Justin discussed the ever-increasing complexities of wider policing as well as the local community policing model. In particular, they talked about the increasing pressures which the police have to face today compared to ...

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GP Hub Update

The majority of GP practices in Swindon (and the UK) are owned and run by GPs (something which has been allowed since 2005-6) with the vast majority working to NHS contracts, following NHS guidelines and seeing NHS patients. A number of local GPs in Swindon chose to receive the support services of IMH and have said that this has allowed them to stabilise their GP practices & focus more on clinical decisions. A few practices have seen solid improvements since seeking support from IMH (they a...

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North Swindon MP Welcomes Reforms To Ensure Apprenticeship Levy Delivers For Students & Employers

North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson has welcomed a package of reforms to ensure the Apprenticeship Levy provides people with the skills they need to succeed.The changes include a £90 million investment to enable employers to use a quarter of their apprenticeship funds on people working for businesses in their supply chain.In addition to this, a further £5 million has been announced for the Institute for Apprenticeships to introduce new standards and updating existing ones so that more courses ca...

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Local MP Visits Swindon Powertrain To See Zero Emission Vehicles

North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson, has praised local business Powertrain, for its work in developing zero-emission cars.Powertrain supplies high performance powertrains as well as components and cutting edge development projects to the automotive world and the motorsport industry. Recently the company represented Swindon at the UK’s first ever zero-emission vehicles summit which was attended by the Prime Minister, to discuss their development of a completely electric, classic Mini.Justin had ...

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