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19 MAY 2015

MP welcomes the flag designed by Crowmarsh Gifford School flying in Parliament Square this week

A flag designed by children from Crowmarsh Gifford School to represent the local community in the Henley constituency took its place at Westminster on Monday 18 May at the culmination of a unique parliamentary project. I appeared beneath the flag. The flags stem from an educational journey undertaken by children in over 450 primary schools to discover the importance of elected representation in...

26 MAR 2015

John Howell MP welcomes funding from the Condition Improvement Fund for schools in the constituency.

I welcome funding from the Condition Improvement Fund for schools in the constituency. The following schools have won funding for the projects listed: Gillotts School for the replacement of internal buried building services; Langtree School for window replacements; St Joesph's Catholic Primary School, Thame for the replacement of a temporary classroom. The Condition Improvement Fund...

26 MAR 2015

John Howell MP welcomes funding to repair local churches

I have welcomed today's announcement of funding for repairs to local churches in the Henley constituency. These repairs will also help to prevent further damage to these buildings – ensuring they are preserved for generations to come. I'm delighted to hear that the following churches have got funding for repairs: St Nicholas Britwell Salome £43,000 St Swithun Merton £99,200 St Margaret...

26 MAR 2015

John Howell MP on Defence

A number of people have written to me about defence. The question about defence has frequently come down to whether we will stick to the 2% GDP target. The Government is committed to spending 2% of GDP on defence. We have spent 2% of GDP on defence throughout this Parliament and we will do so again in 2015/16. In addition, we have already committed to spending £163 billion on our armed forces...

25 MAR 2015

John Howell MP: new apprenticeships mean more young people in the Henley constituency getting the skills they need to succeed

I have welcomed new figures showing 270 new apprenticeships were started by people in the Henley constituency between August 2014 and January 2015. In total 2,350 new apprenticeships have been started in this constituency since 2010. This means more young people getting the skills they need to get on in life and make the most of their talents – as they do locally at DAF and Stuart Barr. Across...

25 MAR 2015

John Howell MP welcomes move to change culture of late payments

In a debate yesterday in the House of Commons, I praised the Government's attempts to change the culture which made late payments in business acceptable. I said that when I was running a small business of my own, late payments bedevilled the business, and it was always the larger companies that were responsible for it. The Henley constituency has many small businesses and I am sure this measure...

24 MAR 2015

John Howell MP welcomes new agreement to bring improvements to the railways in the Henley constituency

I have welcomed the new franchise agreement with First Great Western – bringing the most significant upgrade of infrastructure and rolling stock to the Great Western line for a generation, benefitting people in the area who rely on our railways to get around. The agreement will bring more seats, more services, and two new fleets of state-of-the-art trains on to the line – benefitting...

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
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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.

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