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16 JAN 2018

Question to the Chancellor

John Howell (Henley) (Con) What assessment he has made of potential risks to the economy from high...

16 JAN 2018

Question on Reaction Engines, Culham

John Howell (Henley) (Con)   Does the Minister share my view that companies such as Reaction...

13 JAN 2018

High Court ruling on Neighbourhood Plans

The High Court has made a judgement that the Written Ministerial Statement on Neighbourhood Plans...

13 JAN 2018

Update on Nettlebed Post Office

I had a meeting with the Post Office yesterday. The result was that the Post Office confirmed the...

11 JAN 2018

My question at Business Questions

John Howell (Henley) (Con) May we have a statement on the Churchill Hospital in Oxford, because...

10 JAN 2018

Speech on the NHS and winter

John Howell (Henley) (Con) I do not want to go through the increase in the number of operations...

10 JAN 2018

Speech on mental health in prisons

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

10 JAN 2018

Intervention on housing in the Chilterns

John Howell (Henley) (Con) Will my right hon. Friend give way? Dame Cheryl Gillan If I must this...

09 JAN 2018

The NHS and winter pressures

I share the concerns of those who have written to me about the NHS and the perceptions in the...

08 JAN 2018

Contribution in debate on Taxation (Cross-border trade) Bill

John Howell (Henley) (Con) My right hon. Friend is being very generous in giving way. An important...

08 JAN 2018

My question in the Urgent Question on the NHS in Winter

John Howell (Henley) (Con) In Oxfordshire, considerable effort is being put into growing home-based...

08 JAN 2018

Europe Prize

I have have been appointed to help decide who should receive the prestigious Europe Prize from the...

04 JAN 2018

The NHS in 'crisis'

I know the NHS is extremely busy – as it always is at this time of year – but staff are taking...

28 DEC 2017

New Year's message

Let me begin by sending my very best wishes to you all for a very Happy New Year. As I send...

28 DEC 2017

Greenest year ever

I am delighted that the UK is leading the world in clean growth, reducing emissions faster than any...

28 DEC 2017

Nettlebed Post Office

I only became aware that there is a problem in Nettlebed with the Post Office just before Christmas....

26 DEC 2017

Neighbourhood Planning Champion

Neighbourhood Planning is transforming the planning system throughout the country and over 2,200...

26 DEC 2017

Good news for Puma 2 and RAF Benson

Airbus Helicopters has saved 25 jobs at RAF Benson and at its base at Oxford Airport. This arises as...

24 DEC 2017

Happy Christmas

I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful time.

21 DEC 2017

Universal Service Obligation for broadband

Yesterday, the Culture Secretary announced a Universal Service Obligation that will give everyone in...

20 DEC 2017

Interventions in debate on Ukraine

John Howell (Henley) (Con) What my right hon. Friend is saying makes perfect sense, particularly...

19 DEC 2017

Question in Statement on police funding

John Howell (Henley) (Con) I am sure the Minister will join me in congratulating Thames Valley...

18 DEC 2017

Speech on enslavement of Africans in Libya

John Howell (Henley) (Con) The number of refugees in the world is colossal; I think it is in the...

15 DEC 2017

Amendment 7 to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill

I have been asked how I voted on Amendment 7 to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill. Let me be...

14 DEC 2017

Intervention in debate on Sharm el Sheikh

John Howell (Henley) (Con) Does it not come as a great surprise to my hon. Friend that the ban on...

13 DEC 2017

Speech on quality in the built environment

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

13 DEC 2017

Monthly unemployment figures

My assessment of the monthly figures on unemployment published by the Office for National Statistics...

12 DEC 2017

Question on animal welfare

John Howell (Henley) (Con) Does my hon. Friend agree that preventing people who abuse animals...

12 DEC 2017

Question on Lord Kerslake

Question on Lord Kerslake's resignation from the Kings Hospital Trust John Howell (Henley) (Con)...

12 DEC 2017

Animal welfare

Our new draft animal welfare Bill will mean: Recognising and enshrining animal sentience in...

12 DEC 2017

My question on the bank levy

John Howell (Henley) (Con) Is not the important point about the bank levy that we are trying to get...

11 DEC 2017


The reality is that the banks are paying more in taxes now than when Labour was in charge. HMRC...

11 DEC 2017

Blue Planet - Blue Oceans - Blue Belt

The success of the Blue Planet series reminded me of the enormous amount of work we are doing to...

09 DEC 2017


As news came in from Brussels yesterday,  I offered my congratulations to the PM for securing a...

07 DEC 2017

Speech on prisons

John Howell (Henley) (Con) I have three questions for the Minister. First, he has heard our...

07 DEC 2017

Question on moving US Embassy in Israel

John Howell (Henley) (Con) I completely share the Government's view on this statement by the...

07 DEC 2017

Question on Nigerian agriculture

John Howell (Henley) (Con)  What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for...

06 DEC 2017

Speech on unduly lenient sentences

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

06 DEC 2017

Speech on Israel

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

06 DEC 2017

Speech on youth employment

John Howell (Henley) (Con) It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Moon. I...

05 DEC 2017

Big Lottery Fund winners

Congratulations to the following organisations on their recent award of Big Lottery Fund wins:...

04 DEC 2017

Another look at Thames Farm

There have been questions over the planning challenges at the Thames Farm Site between Henley and...

01 DEC 2017

A day in Wheatley

I spent a very enjoyable day today in Wheatley. It was very good to be back in the village again...

30 NOV 2017

Floating Pennywort

i called for an urgent debate today in the House of Commons on the weed, Floating Pennywort. The...

30 NOV 2017

Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge Expressway

There has been much speculation and concern on the route of the proposed Oxford Cambridge...

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:
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Email: howelljm@parliament.uk
House of Commons
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Surgery: 01491 613072

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

Election on 8 June 2017

At the General Election on 8 June 2017 I was returned as the MP for the Henley constituency.  I am honoured to have a majority of 22,294 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 with the work I do in Parliament and in the constituemcy.