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17 DEC 2014

Unemployment in the Henley constituency

News out today is that the number of unemployed who are claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) in the Henley constituency has dropped below 300. The number of JSA claimants in the Henley constituency in November 2014 was 278. This represents a rate of 0.6% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 648th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest rate of unemployment, 650th...

15 DEC 2014


I have shown my support at a Westminster event for, the newly-launched shopping site that will help raise funds for charities across the constituency when people shop online. Online spending over Christmas is predicted to reach an all time high of £13bn. If just 5 per cent of purchases are made through, £19.5m could be raised for good causes this festive...

09 DEC 2014

Church roof repairs

I have written to churches in the constituency to tell them how to apply for funds to repair roofs and guttering on vulnerable listed church buildings. The fund, amounting to £15 million, was announced by the Chancellor in his Autumn Statement. Eligible parishes can receive grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 to be allocated by 31 March. Those interested in applying should contact the...

09 DEC 2014


The issue of faster access to the internet has been one on which I have focussed for some years now. The slow speeds accessed in the constituency are at best frustrating and at worst debilitating. I know of businesses that struggle and people whose house sales have fallen through due to poor broadband. I am of the opinion that fast internet access is becoming an essential utility. Government has...

03 DEC 2014

Letter re Heathrow noise

The following is the text of a letter I have sent to the Henley Standard: "Sir, Over the past couple of months a number of people have contacted me concerning a noticeable increase in aircraft noise over Henley. Information on the operations of all airports is in the public domain and readily available on the internet. However I recently wrote to the Minister to raise constituent concerns and...

03 DEC 2014

Henley and Thame MP to hold consultation meetings on Business Rates

In today's Autumn Statement, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Right Hon George Osborne MP, promised to help small businesses deal with the burden of business rates. He doubled Small Business Rate relief for another year. This is a relief which benefits half a million firms. He also agreed to continue to cap the inflation-linked increase in business rates at 2%. However, in addition to these...

03 DEC 2014

John Howell MP welcomes clear plan to stay on course to prosperity in the Henley constituency

I welcom the Autumn Statement, echoing the Chancellor's argument that it is only by working through the Conservatives' long-term economic plan that we can achieve prosperity and security for families in the Henley constituency The new forecasts for the British economy in the Autumn Statement shows the Government's long-term economic plan is working: Deficit will be halved this year (not...

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:
0207 219 6676
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01491 613072
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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