The major changes the make-up of the Conservative Government has had an effect on the standing of the town’s two Members of Parliament.
Robert Buckland, MP for South Swindon, has been asked by new Prime Minister Theresa May to continue in his role as Solictor General. He said: “I am delighted to have been asked by the PM to continue as Her Majesty’s Solicitor General. There is plenty of work ahead and I am looking forward to getting on with it as well as continuing to work for local residents.”
However the services of North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson as Minister for the Disabled People has not been retained. Although he hasn’t made a direct comment about his position, on Facebook he wrote: ‘Thank you to everyone for their support during my time as the Minister for Disabled People. The visits, meetings, debates, speeches and most of all the amazing, inspirational people I have met – I have loved every minute!’
And: ‘Very proud to have championed disabled people. Real focus on fulfilling opportunity, potential & 365k more disabled people in work’
Photos by Richard Wintle of Calyx. Top: Robert Buckland MP and Justin Tomlinson MP who were returned at the 2015 General Election. Below: Tramping the streets of Old Town delivering election leaflets in 2015, Robert with the then Home Secretary Theresa May