Swindon’s Economy

There are many ways of judging the performance of Swindon’s economy.  The obvious criteria – things like employment statistics and retail figures – are all looking positive, and have been for some time. 

British Lung Foundation

Swindon MP’s Justin Tomlinson & Robert Buckland joined patients, carers and MPs from across the political parties in Parliament yesterday, Wednesday 25 February, for the launch of the British Lung Foundation’s (BLF) idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) patient experience report.

Pensioner benefits

This week we have had an important and very welcome announcement about so-called ‘pensioner benefits’. David Cameron confirmed that as long as he is Prime Minister, the free bus pass, TV licence and winter fuel payment will all be protected. 

Swindon Advice and Support Centre

We have some excellent voluntary and charity organisations in Swindon, offering help, advice and support across a wide range of issues.  However, accessing all their valuable services hasn’t always been straightforward, especially for people without the internet. 


I was delighted with the Chancellor’s announcement that the government is extending the hugely popular pensioner bonds scheme for a further three months.  It’s estimated this will allow over a million over-65s to benefit from market-leading savings rates.

Thamesdown Drive extension

One of the most important projects I’m working on is the bid to make the long-overdue Thamesdown Drive extension a reality.  If we can push the road through to Great Western Way – as was originally proposed decades ago – it will make a huge difference throughout Swindon.

Holocaust Memorial Day

Yesterday was Holocaust Memorial Day, which this year has added poignancy as it marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Serious Crime Bill

This week I’ve been dealing with a vital piece of legislation which will update our somewhat old-fashioned laws on child cruelty and domestic abuse. The Serious Crime Bill is designed to clarify the law so that everyone involved – courts, prosecutors and indeed victims – know exactly where they stand.

Pressures on A&E - Great Western Hospitalkl

On Thursday I visited the Great Western Hospital and spent nearly two hours there, meeting managers, staff and patients and seeing round the newly-refurbished Jupiter ward.