As the evenings draw in and winter takes hold, the May election seems like a long time ago. In just six months my life has changed massively, and I have enjoyed being part of the government which has brought vital changes to aspects of our country. Some things are constant however, and stay the same every year. Remembrance Sunday is an important day for our nation to remember the fallen, and those who serve and have served in the defence of our country. I was honoured to have the chance to lay a wreath on Remembrance Sunday as your MP to remember those who have died whilst fighting to protect our safety and liberty. This year I attended both the Wareham and Wimborne services of remembrance, joining the parades alongside representatives from a wide cross section of our community.
Parliament has been very busy since we returned from conference recess. I was delighted to have voted so that from now on when Parliament makes decisions affecting only the people of England, then only members of Parliament elected to represent those areas can vote on it. This is not about creating different classes of MPs but about fairness for English voters on issues that only affect them.
But my time in Parliament is not just about the debates that make national news. I recently attended an adjournment debate about maternity bereavement services. Adjournment debates are secured by back benchers, and take place late in the evening after the government business has finished. I was pleased to be able support my colleagues’ call for all hospitals to have appropriate bereavement suites for grieving parents. Stillbirth, miscarriage or loss of very young children needs sensitivity and care, and we should be providing very opportunity for parents to grieve in peace, with support close at hand.
I have recently called on our local councils across Dorset to do everything that they can to prepare for people arriving from Syria as part of the ongoing refugee crisis. It has been two months since the Prime Ministers urgent statement where plans to take 20,000 refugees where announced.
I am keen to work with local councils to ensure that there is support for councils and those most in need can be helped speedily. Like so many people, I have been deeply challenged by the situation in Syria. Hundreds of residents have contacted me, urging more to be done to help refugees. I am pleased that we will be helping take 20,000 people out of this situation and continuing Britain’s excellent aid effort in the region.
I understand the pressures facing our local councils but I am calling on them to do all that they can and work together to make resettling refugees possible. If we are to achieve the levels of support that so many local people have told me they want, then everyone will have to play their part. It won’t be straight forward but it is the right thing to do.
There is more information on my website www.michaeltomlinson.org.uk about how you can help.
As always, please do get in touch if you have any concerns or would like to meet; email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or contact my office on 01202 624216.