Michael Tomlinson MP October Newsletter
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Michael attends anti-social behaviour event in Canford Heath

Michael was pleased to support a public event organised by BCP Council in Canford Heath to discuss anti-social behaviour (ASB). The event was supported by a number of partners including the Police, ARCH Residents Association, Magna Academy and the local Neighbourhood Watch as well as local Councillors.

There have been several similar events held in Canford Heath to help tackle the problem of ASB. Michael hosted his own event previously and was delighted that work has continued to keep the public updated and give the opportunity for local people to raise any concerns that they have.

Michael said “Well done to Lianne and the team at BCP Council for another successful event. This is an important matter and I am pleased to hear that there has been a steady reduction in the amount of ASB in Canford Heath. This has been through sustained partnership working and my thanks must also go to the Police. I will continue to work with everyone to keep Canford Heath and neighbouring areas a safe and happy place to live.”

The Spending Round: more support for schools, the police and the NHS

Michael has welcomed the Spending Round which ensures that all government departments have the funding they need to deliver on the public’s priorities.
Recently the Government set out a new bold and ambitious agenda to build a brighter future for our country as we prepare to leave the European Union on 31st October.
As part of the Government’s commitments to fund the nation’s priorities, the Spending Round confirmed:
- More funding for schools so that every child gets a superb education, wherever they are in the country. Spending on schools will rise by £2.6 billion next year, rising to £7.1 billion by 2022-23, enabling per pupil funding to increase.
- An investment of £400 million in Further Education, ensuring young people have the skills they need for the future.
- An extra £750 million to recruit 20,000 new police officers – ensuring the Police has the resources it needs to tackle the rise in violent crime and keep the public safe.
- Making sure people start seeing the £33.9 billion cash increase for the NHS in their frontline services. We are investing in upgrading facilities and equipment, and supporting and training the NHS workforce.
- More funding to the devolved administrations so that they have the money they need to continue delivering vital services.
Further funding for other domestic priorities – including £200 million to transform bus services, more funding for Homes England to help more young people onto the housing ladder, and an extra £30 million to help us achieve Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Michael said “Thanks to the hard work of the British people and tough decisions made by successive Conservative governments over the last decade, we can now afford to spend more on people’s priorities. This spending round focuses on some of the biggest issues that people have raised with me here in Mid Dorset & North Poole; more money for schools and the NHS and also more money for the Police to keep our streets safe. I am delighted that alongside Brexit, we are providing support for the issues that matter. ”
Michael presses for greater protects for victims of stalking

Michael met recently with a local resident Samantha Bumford, and Police & Crime Commissioner Candidate David Sidwick, to discuss legislation covering stalking. Samantha, a former Miss Dorset, who has been the victim of stalking, raised her concerns about the current legislation with Michael.

Following this useful meeting, Michael met with the Minister responsible for this issue, Victoria Atkins MP, to discuss this further and ask the Government what more can be done to protect people who are being harassed or stalked. Michael also took the opportunity to ask the Solicitor General about this matter in the chamber of the House of Commons.

Michael said “This is a serious matter and I am grateful to Samantha for taking the time to raise this with me. We must do more to protect people who are vulnerable and ensure that our legislation does not have gaps.  I have now raised this in Parliament and with Ministers in person and will continue to press for better laws to protect victims of stalking.”

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Michael Tomlinson MP joins RSPB to call for urgent action to tackle the nature crisis

Michael joined the RSPB for their annual reception in Parliament recently for an exclusive showcase of projects delivering solutions to the environment and climate emergency.

The RSPB is urging MPs to show leadership for nature by supporting urgent action and ambitious new laws to tackle the nature crisis. Urgent actions set out by the charity include an ambitious Environment Bill with targets for nature’s recovery, at least 2% of GDP to be spent on the environment, and policies to secure net zero emissions by 2050.

Michael said: "It’s really important to take a moment to reflect on how central nature is to all of our lives, and the huge benefit it has for a functioning and healthy planet. The RSPB have given me a helpful map of areas in Mid Dorset and North Poole showing wildlife hotspots, and they have also given me a copy of their Securing a Future for Nature report.”

Funding from Dorset Council for local projects

Dorset Council has opened its Community Impact Fund to back community projects that improve the lives of local people. Community groups can apply for grants up to £6,000. The deadline is 10th November, and you can get more details on their website:

Michael said "this is a good opportunity for local community groups to seek financial support from Dorset Council. I regularly see community projects and organisations that need help to deliver the services that they provide and I would encourage all groups to consider making an application." 

Supporting local charity DorPIP

Michael was delighted to present a cheque to local charity DorPIP. Dorset Infant Parent Partnership work with new parents to help them develop strong bonds with their babies, to give them the best possible start in life.

DorPIP is an independent local charity Founded by Viv Allen in November 2017 to provide specialist therapy for families struggling to form safe, secure relationships with their infants from conception to age two.

If you would like to find out more about DorPIP, please click here.

Michael meets the Secretary of State to discuss local business

Michael recently visited local business Heatric, and following the visit had a meeting with the Secretary of State for Business and Industrial Strategy, The Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP. They discussed Heatric's work, renewable energy and their possible expansion plans.

Michael said “It is always a pleasure to visit local businesses and see first hand the work that is being done to innovate. I was pleased to speak with the Secretary of State about Government support for local businesses and funding opportunities that are available to help business innovate. This is crucial to finding technological solutions to the problems and challenges that we face and I was pleased to highlight the work of Dorset businesses.”


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