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MP Justin Tomlinson revives Disability Confident campaign

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Image copyright Thinkstock. The forum hopes to encourage more employers to consider disabled people as staff

The Tory MP for North Swindon is reviving a national drive to encourage firms to employ disabled workers.

As part of the Disability Confident Campaign, Justin Tomlinson’s forum uses a new approach where employers match their needs with recruiters.

First launched two years ago, the initial campaign was criticised by some as patronising and alienating.

Mr Tomlinson said: “With some very small changes you can get some really impressive members of staff.”

‘Wealth of talent’

A total of 70 organisations from Swindon are taking part, including major employers such as BMW, Honda and Network Rail.

Mr Tomlinson, who is also the Minister for Disabled People said the event was to “show businesses of all sizes to take advantage of the huge wealth of talent that’s available”.

He added: “We’ve been overwhelmed there’s been such a positive reaction from local employers.”

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