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29 OCT 2014


I have welcomed new figures showing that there are 44,000 fewer workless households in the South-East region since 2010. That means fewer families without the security of work. Overall across Britain the number of workless households is down 671,000 since the last election, with the proportion of workless households now at its lowest level since records began in 1996. The fall over the last year...

29 OCT 2014

The Recall Bill

I support the Recall Bill. I support the Bill but not the Goldsmith amendments. The Bill makes provision for the possibility of a by-election if a sitting Member of Parliament is sentenced to a prison term or suspended from the House due to serious misconduct. It is right that a high standard of conduct is expected of MPs and there should be no concern over the Bill from those who seek to...

28 OCT 2014

John Howell MP joins the 'Nation of Lifesavers' campaign to save 5,000 lives

I am urging people to join the campaign to dramatically increase the number of people trained in life-saving CPR and help create a Nation of Lifesavers. More than 30,0001 people suffer an out of hospital cardiac arrest in the UK every year – 80%2 of which occur in the home, often in front of family members and loved ones. But fewer than one in ten people survive3, partly because not enough...

28 OCT 2014

Henley MP to ask Government for Job Centre Plus outreach in Henley

Following a meeting on Friday with Angela Healey, CEO at Henley YMCA, members of staff and residents, I am to ask Government whether Job Centre Plus can be allowed to run an outreach service in Henley. Currently those wishing to sign-on or use the facilities of JCP have to go to Reading. Henley YMCA is committed to helping these young people. The YMCA would happily provide the facilities for...

21 OCT 2014

New apprenticeships mean more young people in the Henley constituency getting the skills they need for the future

I have welcomed new figures showing 470 new apprenticeships were started by people in the Henley constituency last year. In total 2,080 new apprenticeships have been started in the Henley constituency since 2010. This means more young people getting the skills they'll need to get on in life. The total number of young people unemployed and claiming JSA (aged 18-24 years old) in the constituency...

16 OCT 2014

Crime Down

I have welcomed news that crime is falling. Crime recorded by the police in the Thames Valley has fallen by 30% since 2010. This is the best performing police area in the country. It shows what a great place the Henley constituency is in which to live. The latest figures from the independent Crime Survey of England and Wales show that crime across the country has fallen by more than a fifth in...

16 OCT 2014

Mobile coverage in the constituency

A note of my oral question to Ed Vaizey MP is detailed below: John Howell (Henley) (Con): What recent assessment he has made of mobile phone coverage in rural areas.[905469] The Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy (Mr Edward Vaizey): I am pleased to say that mobile coverage is going extremely well. We have the fastest roll-out of superfast broadband in the world and the fastest...

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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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.

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June 2013