Justin Tomlinson MP

Justin Tomlinson MP

MP For North Swindon

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MP Joins Local Firm's Fight Over £42,000 Insurance Row

MP Joins Local Firm's Fight Over £42,000 Insurance Row

North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson has stepped in to help a local company whose insurers are refusing to compensate them for a burglary which left them £42,000 out of pocket.Thamesdown Marketing Services were burgled in October last year, but Aviva won’t pay compensation even though Thamesdown has a comprehensive policy costing £5,600 a year.Thamesdown’s Managing Director Paul Parkin said, “I think it’s an outrage that a large Insurance Company like Aviva are happy to take your money, but when it...

Local MP In Fairtrade Fortnight Bunting Record Bid

Local MP In Fairtrade Fortnight Bunting Record Bid

Justin Tomlinson MP this Thursday joined Fairtrade Ambassador and five time Olympic gold medallist, Sir Steve Redgrave, in Parliament in a bid to break the record for the world’s longest bunting.The world record attempt is to mark this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight and to highlight the Fairtrade Foundation’s ‘Great Cotton Stitch-Up’ campaign - a drive to end unfair European cotton subsidies. West African cotton producers are some of the poorest farmers on the planet and yet, last year, had to compe...

Justin Tomlinson MP Calls For Young Care Leavers

Justin Tomlinson MP Calls For Young Care Leavers

Justin Tomlinson MP for North Swindon is backing the launch of a national campaign calling for children in care to be given better financial support as they leave the care system. The On Our Own Two Feet campaign, led by children’s charities Action for Children and Barnardo’s, is calling for savings accounts to be set up to help young people as they leave care, by their corporate parent – the government.The new targeted, savings account proposed by the charities would be more cost effective too....

Justin Tomlinson MP Welcomes Electrification Announcement

Justin Tomlinson MP Welcomes Electrification Announcement

The Government has announced plans to electrify the Great Western Main Line, from London to Cardiff, which includes Swindon.  This work will take place over the next 6 years, as part of the Governments drive to deliver an improved, more sustainable train network.This will allow:An increase in capacity on the line, reducing overcrowding and allow for better value ticketsFaster train journeys, cutting the typical Swindon to London journey by 15 minutesHelp Swindon attract further business investme...

Justin Tomlinson MP Lends Support To Save Kidderminster Harriers Campaign

Justin Tomlinson MP Lends Support To Save Kidderminster Harriers Campaign

Kidderminster Harriers FC faced financial meltdown this week, with £155,000 needed to be raised immediately to pay overdue tax bills.  With debts looking set to overwhelm the football club, there was a very real prospect that Kidderminster Harriers would follow in the steps of all too many football clubs in recent years and have no choice but to fold.Supporters of the football club, lead by the excellent 'Kidderminster Harriers Independent Supporters Trust' launched a 'Save our Club&...

Tadpole Farm, Developers Meeting

Tadpole Farm, Developers Meeting

 With Crest Nicholson working on proposals to build 1700 houses on Tadpole Farm, north of Tadpole Lane, in the Northern Sector, Justin Tomlinson MP organised a meeting to discuss fellow local residents concerns.Ward Councillors, Redhouse Residents Association, Oakhurst Residents Association and Roger Ogle, Editor of Swindon Link were invited to meet with Crest Nicholson.Crest Nicholson set out their draft proposals, and details for the forthcoming consultation meetings, where local residents can...

National Heritage Railway Association Annual Dinner & Awards, STEAM Museum

National Heritage Railway Association Annual Dinner & Awards, STEAM Museum

 Justin Tomlinson MP Having Presented the HRA Annual Award for Small Groups -Awarded to the Pontypool & Blaenavon RailwayI was very pleased to attend the National Heritage Railway Association annual dinner and awards ceremony, held at STEAM museum. The annual dinner and awards recognised the excellent work amongst volunteers and enthusiasts throughout the country, for which I presented the award for 'Small Groups'.I was delighted that STEAM museum was selected by the HRA as the venue...

Justin Tomlinson MP & Robert Buckland MP, Construction Apprentices For The Day

Justin Tomlinson MP & Robert Buckland MP, Construction Apprentices For The Day

As part of National Apprenticeship Week (7 - 11 February 2011), CITB-ConstructionSkills and local employer England Carpentry has invited Robert Buckland, MP for South Swindon, and Justin Tomlinson, MP for North Swindon, to visit a live construction project at a Barratt Homes development in Swindon to experience life as an apprentice for the day.The aim of National Apprenticeship Week is to highlight the talents and skills of apprentices and encourage young people and employers to think about how...

Inaugural APPG Meeting For Financial Education For Young People

Inaugural APPG Meeting For Financial Education For Young People

Justin Tomlinson MP with Martin Lewis - MoneySavingExpert.com Following on from the successful launch of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Financial Education for Young People we had our inaugural meeting.The meeting was packed with supporting MPs and organisations as we planned our timetable of meetings and action.The group with focus on 4 core areas:Primary & Secondary School EducationFurther Education, Apprenticeships & Work Based TrainingHigher EducationVulnerable ChildrenThe APPG will b...

Justin Tomlinson MP Supports Moves To Prevent Prisoners From Voting

Justin Tomlinson MP Supports Moves To Prevent Prisoners From Voting

Justin Tomlinson MP today voted to keep the ban on prisoners voting, in defiance of a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights.MPs have overwhelmingly supported this motion, voting in favour 234 to 22 - a majority of 212.The House of Commons' decision is not binding, but could put pressure on ministers to go against the Strasbourg court's decision.Justin Tomlinson MP, "This was an essential vote, as we have given a crystal clear message to Ministers to go against the Strasbourg court...