MP for North Swindon

Justin Tomlinson MP

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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Debt Awareness Day

Swindon's MPs have launched a campaign to help people cope with debts this Christmas.Robert Buckland and Justin Tomlinson invited leading experts to a seminar on Friday to highlight advice available to residents facing financial difficulties.They are also highlighting ‘top tips’ for dealing with debt at a time of year when people often overspend and worry about money.MPs are not allowed to give financial advice, but many residents have approached Mr Buckland and Mr Tomlinson so t...

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Swindon School Sports Partnership Visits Parliament

Representatives of the Swindon School Sports Partnerships VisitJustin Tomlinson MP & Robert Buckland MPToday representatives of the Swindon School Sports Partnerships visited Parliament to discuss their long-term future with Justin Tomlinson MP & Robert Buckland MP. Justin Tomlinson MP, "I was delighted to welcome the representatives to Swindon where they were once again able to set out their positive and constructive case for securing the long-term future of the School Sports ...

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Swindon Advertiser Weekly Article

This week in Parliament has been a hive of activity ahead of the vote on the proposed changes for tuition fees. I have put a lot of consideration into this crucial vote, as this has been an issue I have been interested in since my own university days when I attended the National Union of Students conferences.I am instinctively against tuition fees, so having met with the NUS President, representatives of Universities, students from Swindon and - unlike most MPs - a number of students during the ...

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