Welcome to my web-site.  I want you to be able to find out here what I am doing in Westminster, in the constituency, and on the international stage in my role as a parliamentarian.

20 APR 2017

Prison Governor Empowerment

John Howell (Henley) (Con) I too want to raise the question of governor empowerment. I had the...

20 APR 2017

Question on agriculture

John Howell (Henley) (Con) What progress her Department is making on opening up new markets for...

19 APR 2017

Prison reform: governor empowerment

The Justice Select Committee has issued a new report entitled "Prison reform: governor empowerment...

19 APR 2017

A Hard Brexit - really??

There is a lot of talk in the press and media about the idea that Britain is heading for a hard...

19 APR 2017

Development in Chinnor

Let me say straight away that I am happy to help in whatever way I can to give Chinnor the power to...

19 APR 2017

Neighbourhood Plans in Henley

On the back of my article in November in the Henley Standard, let me say that people should be...

12 APR 2017

Delivering a better deal for people in the South East

I today praised the Government for the action it has taken in the South East to deliver a better...

10 APR 2017

John Howell MP welcomes plans to tackle litter across South Oxfordshire

Litter affects us all, it blights our local environment in South Oxfordshire and costs £1,101 to...

07 APR 2017

The Yemen

Attention has rightly been drawn to the humanitarian situation in the Yemen. The conflict has...

04 APR 2017

John Howell MP welcomes new income boost for ordinary working families in the Henley constituency

I have welcomed the news that ordinary working families in the Henley constituency are set to...

01 APR 2017

Another Personal Manifesto Commitment: broadband

Digital infrastructure is critical to the future of our economy and the Government is working hard...

30 MAR 2017

Challenge to Government over Crown Dependencies and Brexit

As a member of the Justice Select Committee, we have just issued another Report ("Implications of...

29 MAR 2017

Testing the ground for archaeology: question

John Howell (Henley) (Con) The levels are very important because they often have quite sensitive...

28 MAR 2017

Regenerating our towns question

John Howell (Henley) (Con) Does my right hon. Friend think that the transformation of shops and...

28 MAR 2017

Iran's supporting of terror question

John Howell (Henley) (Con)  What recent reports he has received on the expansion of Hezbollah's...

28 MAR 2017

A final comment on Townlands, Henley

Unfortunately, I cannot be at the opening today of Townlands Memorial Hospital in Henley by the Lord...

28 MAR 2017

My comments on why a National Bus strategy unhelpful

John Howell (Henley) (Con) My right hon. Friend makes an interesting distinction between buses and...

27 MAR 2017

Question to DWP on mental health and employers

John Howell (Henley) (Con)  Ensuring that people with mental health conditions are able to start...

24 MAR 2017

Social Care in the constituency

Hospitals such as Townlands Hospital in Henley are held up as excellent examples of new ways of...

23 MAR 2017

Thames Water prosecution

The prosecution of Thames Water for pollution offences and its fine of £20.3 million was right and...

23 MAR 2017


In a recent meeting with farmers in my constituency the problems they face with Bovine TB (bTB) were...

23 MAR 2017

The European Arrest Warrant and Justice and Brexit

I am a member of the House of Commons Select Committee on Justice. The committee has recently...

22 MAR 2017

My speech on Iran

John Howell (Henley) (Con) I will not cover the points made by others about Iran's being a sponsor...

22 MAR 2017

Comments in yesterday's DL committee on Power of Attorney

Question about the ability of people who have been overcharged with fees for Power of Attorney to...

21 MAR 2017

Question to Secretary of State for Health

John Howell (Henley) (Con)   Schools are often the first point of contact for young people with...

21 MAR 2017

Meeting with Education Secretary

I had a meeting yesterday with the Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening MP. We...

20 MAR 2017

Contributions to debate on insurance for young drivers

John Howell (Henley) (Con)   My hon. Friend is making some excellent points. I got around being a...

20 MAR 2017

EU citizens and the Archbishop of Canterbury

There has been recent attention to the issue of EU citizens in the UK and I spoke about this issue...

17 MAR 2017

More on Dubs and the Liberal-Democrats

I was disappointed that the Liberal-Democrat candidate didn't do her homework before putting pen to...

15 MAR 2017

Question in statement on Daesh

John Howell (Henley) (Con) I congratulate my right hon. Friend on her statement and on our success...

15 MAR 2017

Henley unemployment ‘top of the class’

I have today issued the following press release on the constituency unemployment figures. John...

15 MAR 2017

Intervention in debate on detention of vulnerable adults

John Howell (Henley) (Con) The hon. Lady is telling some really important stories that are bringing...

10 MAR 2017

Nigeria - the business opportunities and challenges

PwC Press Release On Thursday 9th March 2017 the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy to Nigeria, John...

09 MAR 2017

My intervention on broadband

John Howell (Henley) (Con) I, too, congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate. Is this...

08 MAR 2017

Contributions in a debate on hare coursing

John Howell (Henley) (Con) My hon. Friend is absolutely right on both points. On the first point,...

07 MAR 2017

Debate on antimicrobial resistance

John Howell (Henley) (Con) My hon. Friend cites 10 million deaths, but the effect will not be the...

07 MAR 2017

Feedback on Brexit meetings

Issues raised at Brexit Meetings Introduction to feedback I am grateful to all who attended my...

07 MAR 2017

Fellowship in Law from the IPT

I have been awarded a Fellowship in law from the Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT). The award...

07 MAR 2017

Dubs amendment

For the avoidance of doubt, I did not support the attempt to reintroduce the Dubs Amendment or to...

05 MAR 2017

Trade Envoy visit to Nigeria

On 27 February I undertook a visit to Nigeria in my role as the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy to the...

24 FEB 2017

School Funding

A number of constituents have contacted me about school funding and I appreciate the concerns....

23 FEB 2017

Question on airplane noise over Henley

John Howell (Henley) (Con)  For most people, night flights include those that arrive in the very...

22 FEB 2017

My speech on Commonwealth trade

John Howell (Henley) (Con) It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. I...

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.

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:
0207 219 6676
Email: howelljm@parliament.uk
House of Commons
London, SW1A 0AA
01491 613072
PO Box 84
Oxfordshire, OX49 5XD
Surgery: 01491 613072

Surgeries are rotated between Henley, Thame, Chinnor, Woodcote and Watlington.

Election on 7 May 2015

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.