Iain Stewart MP, visited the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust’s (BIRT) Thomas Edward Mitton (TEM) house in his constituency of Milton Keynes South last month.

Mr Stewart was shown around the centre by Tom, a former resident of TEM who has since moved into one of BIRT’s transitional living flats. Tom spoke highly of the staff at the service and the many friends he has made during his rehabilitation journey. Once the tour was over, the MP sat down with Tom and the other residents at the service to hold a question and answer session on local and national issues.

The questions had been formulated in advance by the service users and gave a real insight into the subjects that concern them. Topics covered included Tom's thoughts on means tested welfare and the privatisation of the NHS.

Mr Stewart also spoke about the need to roll-out disability friendly public transport initiatives in Milton Keynes and across the country, when Tom and his support worker highlighted that they use public transport to make their way to Tom’s voluntary position at the food-bank depot in town.

Whilst Mr Stewart admitted that he was not too familiar with brain injury and the deficits that commonly occur afterwards, he was keen to learn more and asked that BIRT keep in touch about any further developments that he might need to be made aware of.