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Michael supports the Homeless Reduction Bill


Michael joined colleagues in Parliament last Friday to support the Homelessness Reduction Bill during its second reading. The aim of the Bill, introduced by Conservative MP Bob Blackman, is to place new duties on local Councils to help all homeless people and place a greater emphasis on preventing homelessness in the first place.

The Bill was backed by the Government with the promise of additional funding for councils to help with the new duties. Michael is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Ending Homelessness and is hopeful that this will provide genuine support for local people facing the threat of homelessness.

Michael chairs All Party Parliamentary Group on Youth Employment


The work for the year on the All Party Group on Youth Employment has started by looking at the best ways to ensure all young people can go on to build good careers. The group’s focus until December is on the reporting of Youth Employment and how we use that to help more young people into work.

In addition, Michael has been highlighting the work of the All Party Group in the House this month, speaking in a Westminster Hall debate on apprenticeship funding. He outlined how vital it is that we continue to support apprenticeships as a method of providing opportunity for young people in Dorset by showcasing the work of TestLink, the PME Group, and Dorset Young Chamber.


Visit to Israel

Michael was pleased to be able to visit Israel recently with a delegation of MPs. During the visit, the delegation met with Ambassador David Quarrey, the British Ambassador to Israel. Michael also met with members of the Israeli and Palestinian communities in a bid to better understand the complex political climate in the region.

One of the most important parts of the trip was the opportunity to visit Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre. Michael said “Getting the chance to see Yad Vashem personally was very moving. The atrocities that are document here must never be forgotten or allowed to return.”
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Conservative Party Conference 2016

The annual Conservative Party Conference was held in Birmingham at the start of October. Party Conference is an important opportunity for MPs to meet with charities and businesses to hear about how the Government can support the work that they are doing.

Michael met with a range of charities including Guide Dogs Uk who are calling for ‘talking busses’ to be introduced nationwide in a bid to make using public transport much easier for people with visual impairments. In addition Michael met with the ONE campaign fighting extreme poverty and the National Autistic Society amongst others.

Party Conference was also a great chance to hear from Ministers and to hear from the Prime Minister Theresa May at her first Party Conference as Prime Minister.


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Meeting with local businesses

Michael visited local business TestLink based in Upton to see the work of this award winning business that repairs ATM machines. TestLink employ over 40 apprentices and Michael was delighted to meet staff and look around the business.
Support for veterans

Michael was delighted to meet with Andy Gritt, from Dorset HealthCare who is the lead on Armed Forces Community Health and Wellbeing, to discuss the support available for service personnel and their families. Dorset has a huge number of current and former members of the armed forces and we must continue to push for more support.
Get your flu jab!

As the winter approaches, Michael is highlighting the need for local residents to protect themselves by getting a flu jab. 58% of at-risk people and 30% of people over the age of 65 in Dorset were not vaccinated against flu last year, even though the consequences of not having a flu vaccine can be serious. Michael Tomlinson said “The best way to help protect yourself against the flu is to get the flu vaccine. I would urge everyone who is entitled to a free flu vaccine to go and visit their GP or pharmacist.”
Support with energy bills

Michael recently met with British Gas as part of the 'Get Ready for Winter Campaign' to hear about good advice and support available to residents. The British Gas Energy Trust is an independent charitable trust that offers advice and support for people who are struggling with their household bills. Since it was established in 2004, British Gas has provided £85million of funding to the Trust which has helped more than 176,000 people with debt advice and grants. For more information on the British Gas Energy Trust, visit:

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