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Today (Monday 29 June 2015), I was invited to assist the government in the further development of Neighbourhood Plans and to help spread their take-up across the country. My appointment was announced during parliamentary questions to the Communities and Local Government team. My question and the reply were: John Howell: Does my right hon. Friend agree that neighbourhood planning represents the...
I have signed up to a new campaign to end the ovarian cancer postcode lottery, launched by national charity Target Ovarian Cancer. I pledged my support for the new campaign in parliament this week after Target Ovarian Cancer released a new report highlighting the regional differences between survival rates of ovarian cancer, awareness and participation in clinical trials. More needs to be done...
This week I showed my support for UK medical research by joining British Heart Foundation (BHF) scientists and heart patients to hear how research is helping to save and improve the lives of the millions of people affected by heart disease. At an event in Westminster, I spoke with heart patients and BHF-funded researchers to learn more about the latest research projects, the hope they offer to...
I had prepared a speech for the debate on superfast broadband held today in Westminster Hall. In the end, the debate ran out of time before I was called. However, I did manage to make an intervention which I reproduce below. John Howell (Henley) (Con): Does the hon. Gentleman accept that inviting other technology providers is an option, albeit one that could prejudice access to Government money...
Good news today! I have been re-elected to membership of the Justice Select Committee. Some continuity is important as is the presence of someone who is not a lawyer.
I asked a question today in Justice Questions about the use of cooking by prisoners as a means of rehabilitation. This is not a reward for good behaviour but an essential component of reducing reoffending. John Howell (Henley) (Con):In the last Parliament, I visited a prison in Denmark with the Justice Select Committee. One of the biggest contributors to preventing the prisoners from...
I asked a question today during the statement on windfarms to ensure that Neighbourhood Plans were paramount in deciding whether a community wanted a wind turbine or...
The Henley constituency runs from near the edge of Bicester in the north to the edge of Reading in the south skirting Oxford to the east. It covers some 270 square miles and has around 77,000 voters. It includes some of the area covered by Cherwell District Council and some of the area covered by South Oxfordshire District Council. It is a largely rural constituency with only two major towns - Henley on Thames and Thame. The River Thames defines a large part of the boundary of the constituency.
The Boundary Commission proposals make few changes to the constituency removing no wards and adding three - two from the Banbury constituency and one from the Oxford West and Abingdon constituency.
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At the General Election on 7 May 2015 I was returned as the MP for the Henley constituency. I am honoured to have a majority of 25,375 over my nearest rival. I am conscious that a large number of people have put their trust in me as their MP and I look forward to repaying that trust over the next 5 years.
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