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DOWNLOADS Letter to David Smith The Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has published its paper on Townlands Hospital for the Board of the CCG. As a result of representations made by me, it recommends that a final decision is postponed on the hospital until full assurance can be provided on a number of arrangements including the ambulatory care model and the number of beds. In other words, the report...
The issue of Townlands Hospital is actually very straightforward. It is this: what is in the best healthcare interests of the people of the area and how can it be provided? It is not a party political issue. Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) has a view of what that provision should be. Others have a different view based on what was originally proposed. OCCG has so far failed to get...
I have welcomed news that crime in the area covered by the Thames Valley force has fallen by 34% since 2010 and has fallen by more than a quarter (27 per cent) nationally under this Government – its lowest level on record – according to latest figure from the independent Office for National Statistics. The Government has been following an action plan to tackle crime by: Freeing the police...
I stepped back in time this week to take a walk down WaterAid's Victorian street, experiencing the sights and smells of an era when open sewage ran through our roads and rivers, to mark 150 years of Britain's modern sewers. The international charity invited parliamentarians to meet characters from Victorian times to discover what life was like during the Great Stink of 1858 to highlight its call...
Yesterday (17 July 2015) the Secretary of State for Culture made a statement on the future of the BBC. I welcomed the statement but also had a major point to add. This was my exchange. John Howell (Henley) (Con): I used to be a presenter for BBC World Service Television, so I am not one of the BBC-phobic MPs on the Conservative Back Benches, but I understand the need for reform. Independent...
I have backed calls for action on blood cancer after a blood cancer charity revealed one in three transplant patients die within a year of their treatment. I am supporting the Destination: Cure campaign launched by Anthony Nolan, which runs the UK's stem cell and bone marrow donor register. The charity also revealed that one in eight patients in need of a stem cell or bone marrow transplant do...
Today (16 July 2015) I had a meeting with Barclays to discuss what they might be willing to do to keep some form of banking services in the town afetr the High Street branch closes. We looked at what they were planning to do re. transfer of services to the Post Office (itself threatened, I understand), whether on-line banking could be better timed with the roll-out of broadband in the town, and...
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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