Justin Tomlinson

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Justin Tomlinson
MP
Member of Parliament
for North Swindon
Incumbent
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Michael Wills
Majority 7,060 (14%)
Personal details
Born (1976-11-05) 5 November 1976 (age 38)[1]
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Joanne Wheeler
Alma mater Oxford Brookes
Website www.justintomlinson.com

Justin Paul Tomlinson[2] (born 5 November 1976) is a Conservative MP for North Swindon. He was originally a Conservative Councillor on Swindon Borough Council, being elected 2000.

Education[edit]

Tomlinson was educated at the Harry Cheshire High School (since renamed Baxter College), a state comprehensive school in Kidderminster, Worcestershire in the West Midlands England, followed by Oxford Brookes University in the city of Oxford in Oxfordshire, where he became Chairman of its Conservative Student Branch from 1995–99. He was National Chairman of Conservative Future between 2002 and 2003, the youth-wing of the Conservative Party.[3]

Political career[edit]

Tomlinson stood in the 2005 general election, but lost to Labour MP Michael Wills by 2,571 votes. He won the seat from Labour in the 2010 general election, defeating Labour candidate Victor Agarwall by 7,060 votes. In total, Tomlinson received 22,408 votes (44.6% of the vote), with a swing of 10.1% from Labour to the conservatives.[4]

Along with fellow MP Chris Kelly, Tomlinson placed a bet while at university that he would be Prime Minister before the year 2038. He stands to win £500,000 should this happen.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Tomlinson announced his engagement to Jo Wheeler in August 2011, having proposed on The Peak, the highest point in Hong Kong.[6] The couple married at the House of Commons on 2 June 2012.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Justin Tomlinson MP". BBC Democracy Live. BBC. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  2. ^ The London Gazette: List of members returned to serve in parliament at the general election 2010 Retrieved 11 June 2014
  3. ^ The Telegraph Election 2010 UK Political Database - Justin Tomlinson (Conservative, Swindon North). Published by: The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved: 14 November 2011.
  4. ^ McPherson, Scott (7 May 2010). "Swindon turns Blue as Labour suffer double dose of defeat". Swindon Advertiser. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "The curious world of long-term bets". BBC News. 
  6. ^ Love at first sight brings MP Justin together with Jo Published by: Swindon Link. Retrieved: 11 January 2012
  7. ^ North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson weds in Parliament Published by: Swindon Link. Retrieved: 6 January 2013