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16 APR 2014

New unemployment

NEW UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES SHOW FURTHER DROP FOR THE HENLEY CONSTITUENCY WHICH REMAINS THE THIRD BEST PERFORMING IN THE UK. New figures from the Office for National Statistics show that our long-term economic plan is working with unemployment dropping below 7 per cent for the first time since Labour's Great Recession. Employment is up 239,000 this quarter at over 30 million. Unemployment is down...

15 APR 2014

Thame Residents Survey

Introduction In November I sent out a survey to all households in Thame with the permission of the House of Commons authorities to find out what people think on key issues. I was delighted at the response with replies still coming in. My thanks to everyone who took the trouble to complete and return the survey. The larger the return of the survey the more likely the answers are to be...

13 APR 2014

Response to crime figures

I have responded to the crime figures for South Oxfordshire and the Vale issued by Superintendent Boyd, LPA Commander.  The figures were issued as part of an end of financial year review.  Within that period we were the second best performing Local Police Area in Thames Valley with the police delivering: 6% reduction in Dwelling Burglary. 37.4% detection rate in Dwelling Burglary. 37.0%...

09 APR 2014

Question to DFID

John Howell (Henley) (Con): What steps her Department is taking to reduce levels of aid dependency through the creation of jobs.[903617] The Secretary of State for International Development (Justine Greening):My Department is working hard to grow jobs and end aid dependency. Over the next two years we will more than double to £1.8 billion the amount that DFID invests in job creation and...

07 APR 2014

Whitchurch Bridge

I had a productive meeting with the Whitchurch Bridge Company and its principal contractor, Balfour Beatty, on Friday April 4th. The meeting was called to examine in detail how the Bridge Company can ensure that the planned work is undertaken in time to allow the bridge to be reopend in September. The Bridge Company explained the project in detail setting out the risks at key stages. Over the...

07 APR 2014

Post offices

Following approaches from a number of constituency postmasters, I held a meeting with the area representative from the Post Office, Laura Tarling, to discuss the company's business strategy for the future. The meeting was arranged to pick up on the concerns of postmasters about 'Network Transformation' which the Post Office is implementing across the country. Network Transformation is a programme...

07 APR 2014

Townlands update

The deal to approve the new £10.4 million redevelopment of Townlands Hospital has now been approved. Over the past few weeks, NHS Property Services has been negotiating with Amber Solutions, the developer, on the last remaining commercial points. The deal follows the meetings held between me and the Minister, Dan Poulter MP, and Peter Coates of the NHS. I am delighted that the deal has finally...

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 74,000 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.

One of the joys of this constituency is the range of different events and activities with which I am able to be involved. You can access these by going to the map page and then clicking on your own town or village. Many of these events demonstrate the enormous public spirited nature of the people of this area and the generosity in time and money they show to the charity and voluntary sectors. I am pleased to have been able to support many of these activities.

To contact John and to book a surgery appointment:
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01491 613072
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Oxfordshire, OX49 5XD
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Conservative Achievements

In line with our vision of the country and the world we are delivering major Conservative achievements. That vision and our values and aims were set out in a booklet entitled Built to Last which was approved by rank and file Conservative members.

Click on the image of Built to Last to be taken  to a page of my web-site to see how these achievements are positively shaping the world in which we live, in line with what party members thought were important priorities.

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I frequently publish a number of  e newsletters to keep members of the constituency who have given me their e mail addresses informed of my activities here and in Westminster. These include newsletters to parish councils and newsletters to the general public.  If you would like to subscribe for any of these please send an e mail to with the word Subscribe in the headline. You will also need to include proof that you are a constituent - the postcode of your house will suffice.

Newsletters for parish councils

June 2013