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Michael supports Finn's Law



Michael was pleased to be in Parliament on Friday support the Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill 

The Bill has been nicknamed ‘Finn’s Law’ after a brave police dog called Finn who was stabbed whilst pursuing a robbery suspect in 2016. Michael was delighted to meet Finn and his handler PC Dave Wardell who attended Parliament to watch the debate. The Bill was tabled by Conservative MP Sir Oliver Heald QC.

The new legislation will remove a section of the current law of self-defence, often used by those who harm a service animal.This change, coupled with the Government’s plans to increase maximum sentences for animal cruelty offences to five years in prison, will make sure those who harm service animals are punished accordingly.

Michael said “the police and service animals put themselves in harms way to protect us. It is right that we ensure they are protected by the law and make it clear that people who attack service animals will face a hefty punishment. My sincere thanks to PC Wardell and to Finn as well as all those working across the country to keep us safe.”

Meeting with the Housing Minister in Poole


 

Michael was delighted to meet with the Housing Minister Kit Malthouse MP at a recent visit to the old power station site in Hamworthy.

Visiting the biggest regeneration site in the South West, Michael reiterated his view that brownfield sites such as this must be prioritised in order to reduce pressure on the Green Belt. Michael visited alongside Sir Robert Syms and Councillors from the Borough of Poole, who updated the Minister on the Council’s plans to regenerate the town centre with new homes, retail units and community facilities.

Michael said “It was great to visit the old power station site with the Minister alongside Councillors and colleagues. We need more housing to meet the local need and big brownfield sites have amazing potential to be developed whilst protecting the Green Belt. I will continue to work with the Council and with the Government to make sure this site is developed.”

 

We Don't Need More Time On Brexit, We Need Firmer, Resolute Decision-Making

Kicking the can down the road with an extension to Article 50 will only lead to more corrosive uncertainty and disruption
 

 
As you can see, it is not just Brexit, which is being debated in Parliament, however, it continues to be the biggest issue in the news. Michael appeared recently on Sky News (pictured above) and has written an article alongside Conservative colleague Suella Braverman, MP for Fareham. To see the full article click here

 

Holocaust Memorial Service

 

Michael was honoured to have been asked to light a candle at the recent Holocaust Memorial Service of Remembrance held in Wimborne Minister.

The event was part of the Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations and was one of a number held across Dorset. The event was very well attended and included beautiful singing as well as hearing from two Holocaust survivors, Erica Prean and John Fieldsend, who told of their personal stories. As part of the service, 6 candles were lit to remember the 6 million people killed during the Holocaust. 

Michael said “The event was extremely poignant and I am so grateful to everyone who took part, attended and especially organised the service. It is so important that we do not forget what happened during the Holocaust and remember the millions who lost their lives. I was especially pleased to see a number of school children, including brilliant contributions to the service. All generations must know of the horrors of the Holocaust to ensure that we never see it repeated in the future.”

Michael calls for more funding for Further Education

 
Michael Tomlinson MP has joined with colleagues, including Dorset MPs Conor Burns, Richard Drax and Robert Syms to call for additional funding for Further Education.

Following on from the announcement of the 2019 Spending Review, Members of Parliament from across the country have written a joint letter to the Chancellor Philip Hammond MP calling for funding to be increased.
Whilst Government policy has protected the incomes of schools and university, Further Education colleges including Bournemouth & Poole College have not received the same protection despite increasing costs.
The letter makes clear the benefits on Further Education and argues that in order to close the UKs productivity gap and ensure that students and employers have the right skills to complete successfully post-Brexit.

Michael Tomlinson said,  “Our local colleges do an excellent job and are a great place for young people in Dorset and across the conurbation to receive further training and routes into employment.”
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Broadstone Pantomime

Michael had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon at the pantomime in Broadstone for its 40th anniversary production of the Wizard of Oz. Michael was impressed by the professionalism of the performance and said “The Wizard of Oz was great fun and a brilliant family friendly show that was raising money for very worthy local causes.”

The pantomime was raising money for The Myrtle Turner Memorial Fund and Poole Young Carers.

Open Doors event about Persecuted Christians.




Michael was pleased to attend the launch of the Open Doors 2019 World Watch List. At a recent reception, the anti-religious persecution charity released its latest list of the fifty countries in which Christians face the most severe persecution. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt emphasised the Government’s commitment to stand up for democratic values. He has also recently announced an independent review to examine the situation faced by persecuted Christians across the world, and to consider how the United Kingdom can promote religious freedom. 
 
APPG on Youth Employment launches new enquiry


Michael is the Chairman of the All Party Group for Youth Employment. It has launched a new enquiry looking into the role of employers supporting young people into work. The inquiry will look at how employers can be supported and will hear evidence from a range of industries.

This new report comes after some positive jobs figures, including another drop in the youth unemployment rate. Michael said, “The recent good news on youth employment is welcome but we are acutely aware that more can still be done. Youth unemployment remains higher than unemployment across other age ranges and it is right that we look at the reasons for this and make positive recommendations to improve opportunities for young people.”
Supporting Energy Saving Week


Michael called in to Not Just Sundaes Community Café in Wareham to support Energy Saving Week with the Citizens Advice Bureau. If you are worried about rising energy costs, they can give you advice on how to change supplier to lower your bills. For more information about this and the work of Citizens Advice, please click here
 
Castle Court School visit Parliament


Michael welcomed students from Castle Court School to Parliament where they asked a range of interesting (and challenging!) questions as well as having a tour of the parliamentary estate.

Michael said, “It is great when schools from Mid Dorset & North Poole come to visit. It is important that everyone, and especially young people are engaged with our political process and visiting Parliament is a great way to do this.”

If you would like a tour of Parliament, please contact Michael by emailing michael.tomlinson.mp@parliament.uk 
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To book in at one of Michael's surgeries then please do phone the office on 01202 624216 or email Michael at michael.tomlinson.mp @parliament.uk
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01202 624216
0207 219 5844

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London, 
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