Michael Tomlinson MP  December Newsletter 
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Fairer Funding for Schools Update & Launch of New Consultation.

Michael with Dorset MPs urging fair funding for local schools

Funding for local schools has been an issue that Michael has been campaigning on even before becoming a Member of Parliament. Michael has continued this work alongside colleagues, calling for a change in the current funding arrangements that see Dorset and Poole schools significantly disadvantaged.

Michael joined Robert Syms MP and Connor Burns MP to press the Government on this issue a few weeks ago.  Yesterday the Education Secretary confirmed that there will be changes introduced with a new funding formula to be in place by 2018-19. A period of public consultation has been announced with details, and your opportunity to contribute, here:

Michael said: “I am delighted that further progress has been made on a new funding formula for our local schools. This is something that we must get right and I am pleased that the Minister has listened to our concerns and is taking them seriously.”
It has been a busy few weeks in Parliament and across the constituency. With only a few days before many people break for Christmas and a well deserved break, Michael wishes everyone in Mid Dorset & North Poole a happy Christmas.

Homeless Sleep Out and Homelessness Reduction Bill

Michael with colleagues supporting the Homeless Reduction Bill

The Homelessness Reduction Bill is continuing to make its way through Parliament and Michael is heavily involved, sitting as a member of the Bill Committee. The purpose of the Bill Committee is to scrutinise the Bill to ensure that it works as well as possible. Bill Committees are made up of members of different political parties and play a crucial role in creating legislation.

Michael said “The Homelessness Reduction Bill is hugely important and as a result I am delighted to have been asked to sit of the Bill Committee. It is great to be able to work with colleagues from all parties to make this the best possible legislation and I know this will make a big difference to some of the most vulnerable people in our society.”

Michael during a previous years sleep out raising money for Routes to Roots

Michael also recently took part in the Annual Sleep Out which sees volunteers sleep rough to raise awareness of the plight of homeless people, as well as raising much needed funds for Routes to Routes, the homelessness charity in Poole.

Michael added “Routes to Roots are an excellent local charity that do amazing work with homeless people in our area and I am delighted to be able to highlight their work.”

Statement from Michael on the Purbeck Partial Review:

"In recent months, I am pleased to have worked closely with local councillors, and officers, to support their decision to pause the Partial Review of the Local Plan in Purbeck. I have had a variety of meetings with residents’ groups, including LympWatch in Lytchett Minster and CALM in Lytchett Matravers, who are all doing an excellent job of engaging with the consultation process, and helping to shape its outcome.

I have met the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, emphasising that any housing developments should be appropriate, and not imposed by central government. I continue to have meetings and discussions with Purbeck District Council over housing provision, but ultimately the decisions are made by your elected members at Purbeck District Council. I will continue to support councillors as they move through the independent review of the process that is currently under way, and I am delighted that Purbeck have listened to all of our representations.

There is a need to have some new housing to meet the needs of local families, but it should not be to the detriment of those already living here. Dorset is a wonderful place to live, and part of that is the amount of open space and countryside that we have, as well as the stunning Jurassic coastline. I will continue to press for using brownfield sites for developments, and to protect the Green Belt."
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Clinical Services Review
The NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group have launched a consultation called the Clinical Services Review which is looking at the future of health provision in Dorset.

The consultation period runs until 28th February 2017.  It is important to note that no decisions have yet been made. This has been a topic that many members of the public have been in contact about so please do have your say by using the following link:
Siemens Welcome Michael to Poole Factory

Michael Tomlinson MP recently visited the Siemens factory in Poole. He met with Gordon Wakeford, Managing Director of Siemens Plc Mobility Division UK, and Philip Heathcote, Sales Director Siemens Rail Systems.
Siemens deliver and maintain trains for the South Western rail franchise and intend to roll out 30 new Siemens Class 707 trains for next year. This £210 million investment in rolling stock will significantly improve the passenger experience.
The visit concluded with a tour of the factory, which recently celebrated 50 years of being based at the Sopers Lane site in Poole.
Christmas Card Competition Winners!

Once again Michael held a competition for local schools to design his Christmas cards. Michael received entries from 5 schools, and Vic Martin and "Art on the Heath" from Canford Heath chose a design from each school. Michael said “There were some amazing designs, and I know it was a difficult choice!”

Congratulations to Mia at Lockyers Middle School, Sophie at Lytchett Matravers Primary School, Caty at QE School, Rhianna at The Quay School and Grace at Broadstone Middle School! 


Their designs will be seen by individuals, charities and businesses across the constituency.


Michael visits Safewise.

Michael was delighted to visit Safewise alongside pupils from Hayeswood School to learn more about road safety. Safewise (formally Streetwise) is an excellent training facility that Michael would encourage all schools to visit. For more information please check out the Safewise website:
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