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I voted for the motion on the bombing of ISIL. This was supported by the Opposition as well as the Government and was passed by a majority of 534 to 43. Before doing so, I had the opportunity of a private meeting with the Foreign Secretary to discuss a number of the points I would have raised in the Chamber if there had been time. I have reproduced the wording of the motion below. That...
The Government Bill is a transparent and robust recall mechanism, where constituents are able to recall their MP if they are found to have engaged in serious wrongdoing. Under its provisions, MPs will not be left vulnerable to attack by those who simply disagree with them. Constituents elect MPs to represent them for five years and they should be able to carry out their jobs without facing...
I visited Berinsfield Community Business on Wednesday 17 September as part of social enterprise week in Oxfordshire – businesses which re-invest their profits back into the social mission of the businesses. Berinsfield Community Business provides sustainable employment and training opportunities for local people and is part of a growing social enterprise sector in Oxfordshire. The Government...
Across Oxfordshire men, women and children set out to raise money for the upkeep of Oxfordshire's historic churches in the annual 'Ride and Stride' organised under the umbrella of Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust (OHCT). I took time out from a busy day at the Henley Show to send off Robin Fieth and his team of cyclists from Pyrton Church. I was delighted to be asked to come and give my support...
I am about to begin my annual tour in the constituency. The tour takes advantage of a lull in proceedings at Westminster while political parties run their conferences. The visits to the towns and villages of the constituency is in addition to the visits I normally makes during the course of the year. It is designed to take the time to explore some of the issues worrying people and those issues...
Prompted by a 38 degrees campaign, a number of constituents have recently contacted me concerning the so called 'bedroom tax'. First, there is no such thing as 'the bedroom tax'. This is a term which has been adopted by those opposed to the measure. In April 2013 the Government introduced a reduction in Housing Benefit for those who are receiving benefit for spare bedrooms in the social rented...
I was delighted to attend the launch of Later Life Ambitions this week (02.09.14) where I joined over 150 people at the House of Commons to hear about the pressing need to listen to the voice of pensioners. By 2030, there will be almost 13 million people in later life - aged 65 or over. Later Life Ambitions brings together the collective voices of over a quarter of a million pensioners and sets...
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.
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