Justin was elected as the MP for North Swindon on Thursday May 6th, the first local resident to win the seat. He secured a 7060 majority, taking the seat from Labour with a 10.1% swing, one of the biggest in the country. Justin had previously contested North Swindon in 2005, when he cut the Labour majority from 8100 to 2500 again with one of the biggest swings in the country.
Prior to being elected to Parliament, Justin served as the Abbey Meads Councillor, in North Swindon for 10 years, ending on the day he was elected as an MP. During the 10 years Justin was a Councillor he had a 100% attendance record and never claimed a penny in expenses.
Whilst on Swindon Borough Council, Justin served 4 years in Cabinet as the Lead Member for Culture, Leisure & Recreation. During this time he chaired a number of key projects:
- The new £10m central library, delivered on time and on budget.
- Set up successful Sports Forum, involving 60+ sports groups.
- Invested in a variety of new leisure facilities across the town's leisure centres.
Justin says "As a local resident, I am extremely proud to be the Conservative Member of Parliament for North Swindon. I am working tirelessly to always put fellow local residents first, no excuses. As I have shown through my track record as a former local Councillor, there is no one with more energy, enthusiasm and passion to stand up and put Swindon first and I have continued this as your MP."
Outside politics, Justin is a huge fan of football and cricket! He regularly watches Swindon Town and Swindon Supermarine FC. Justin still regularly plays football including for the Parliamentary football team. Justin married Jo in Parliament in June 2012 who runs a pet care company that covers Hungerford, Newbury & Marlborough. Jo also helps run the New College job club as a volunteer and is an active supporter of various animal welfare charities.
Justin has helped a number of local charities and organisations raise money. These include: Swindon Computer Museum, Swindon BATS, Pathfinders, Stratton Advice Group, Clivey Project, New College Job Club, Swindon Supermarine FC, CALM, The Open Centre, Stratton Churchway Bowls Club, Swindon Cats Protection, Swindon Animal Asia and Highworth Rec.
Prior to being elected as an MP Justin owned a local company TB Marketing for 10 years which he sold once he was elected. Justin was also formerly a nightclub manager after graduating with a Business Degree from Oxford Brookes University.
You can see the issues Justin has been campaigning in Parliament on: http://www.justintomlinson.com/about/issues
Jo Tomlinson (left) with Justin Tomlinson MP at the Highworth Cats Protection Stand