20 FEB 2017

John Howell MP holds Brexit discussion in Henley

With Brexit being a hot topic and the White Paper setting out the Prime Minister's key priorities for negotiations, I held an open forum in Henley last Friday (17th February) to discuss the key questions and concerns of constituents going forward. Some 40 people attended. Questions and comments indicated that the majority of those attending had voted to remain in the EU but there were people happy to be leaving too. John opened the meeting by setting out where we are with this especially after some high profile media coverage of recent debate in Parliament.

I said

"There is a great deal of confusion over what has been going on and some strong feelings on either side of the issue. I was pleased to have the opportunity to explain just where we are with this. Discussion was inevitably heated at times but overall I think it was a good meeting. There were some interesting points raised and it is helpful for me to know what is upper most in people's minds as debates is and discussions move forward. I am grateful to those who came along the share their thoughts with me."

Among the topics raised were questions on familiar issues such as immigration, free movement, single market, environment and finance as well as some detailed questions on specific issues.

I added

"I held a similar meeting in Thame a few days before this one and will be posting some follow-up on both meetings on my website www.johnhowellmp in due course. There are some questions that we don't have answers for at present and I will continue to comment on my blog in the coming months as more answers come forward."


14 FEB 2017

Local MP tackles Brexit with Thame

With Brexit being a hot topic and the Prime Minister having published her White Paper setting out the key priorities for negotiations, I held an open forum in Thame Town Hall on Monday night (13 February) to listen to the key questions and concerns of constituents going forward. There was a good turnout with some 40 people in attendance and some interesting points were raised. The meeting was good humoured.

I said

"There is a great deal of confusion over what has been going on and one of the first questions was for me to provide some clarity on the situation. During discussion some interesting points were raised and it is helpful for me to know what is uppermost in people's minds as debates and discussions move forward. I am grateful to those who came along to share their thoughts with me."

Among the topics raised were questions on familiar issues such as immigration, free movement, the single market, the environment and finance as well as some detailed questions on specific issues.

I added

"I will be holding another such meeting in Henley and after that will be posting some responses on my website www.johnhowellmp.com There are some questions that I don't have answers for at present and I will continue to comment on my blog in the coming months as more answers come forward."

NOTES

The White Paper is titled: 'The United Kingdom's exit from and new partnership with the European Union' https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/589191/The_United_Kingdoms_exit_from_and_partnership_with_the_EU_Web.pdf


09 FEB 2017

Speech on Israel

John Howell (Henley) (Con)

It is a great pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Dudley North (Ian Austin) because, like him and the hon. Member for Ilford South (Mike Gapes), I have been fully involved in visits to Israel and the west bank—six over the past three years—with organisations that encourage co-operation between Israelis and Palestinians. I also chair events here where those organisations come forward and describe what they are doing. I have on several occasions been to Tel Aviv to see Save a Child's Heart, a brilliant organisation that goes out of its way to treat Palestinian children who have heart problems. That involves fine surgery that requires a great deal of skill.

Bob Blackman

My hon. Friend mentioned Save a Child's Heart. Will he confirm that children from other Arab countries and beyond receive life-saving treatment at the hospital in which it operates?

John Howell

My hon. Friend is absolutely right. The number of Arab children treated by the Israeli doctors at the hospital is phenomenal, and it sets a brilliant example for the whole region.

Ian Austin

I want to emphasise this point—[Interruption.] My hon. Friend the Member for Hammersmith (Andy Slaughter) is laughing and sneering in his usual way, but he ought to listen to this point, because it is really important. The truth is that we come into debates such as this one and hear a binary—[Interruption.] Madam Deputy Speaker, hon. Members can shout as much as they like, but I am going to speak.

Madam Deputy Speaker (Mrs Eleanor Laing)

Order. No one can shout as much as they like. The hon. Gentleman will be heard.

Ian Austin

Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. We hear a binary, simplistic, polarised debate, when the truth about Israel and Palestine is that people on the ground are working together, co-operating, talking and building the peace process that we all want to see. It is about time people listened to that argument instead of laughing at it.

John Howell

I thank the hon. Gentleman kindly for his comments. I was about to come on to that.

Mr Betts

Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

John Howell

I have given way twice, and I am not giving way again.

Madam Deputy Speaker

Order. We are having very short speeches, and the interventions have been longer than the speeches. Let us allow Mr Howell to make his speech.

John Howell

Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. The point I was about to make was that here we have a wonderful example of co-operation between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and yet we are focusing on one issue—settlements. I would be the first to admit that settlement expansion is counterproductive, but we have heard from speaker after speaker that settlements are not the cause of conflict. They are not the cause of the violence, which long predates the existence of settlements, in this part of the world.

If that is the case, why are we picking settlements out for discussion? Settlements are one of the five final status issues, which also include borders, the status of Jerusalem, security and Palestinian sovereignty. A whole range of issues need to be addressed if the situation is to be moved forward. I was able in a recent meeting of the Council of Europe to expand on the matter for a little longer than I have now, particularly in relation to the activities of Hamas in Gaza. As I have already mentioned in an intervention, the Israelis pulled out 8,000 Israeli settlers, including their dead, from Gaza and they have been greeted by the almost 20,000 rockets that have been launched at them.

The interesting thing about Gaza, as my hon. Friend the Member for Finchley and Golders Green (Mike Freer) has mentioned, is that the restrictions on it are being implemented by Egypt as well as by Israel. I spoke to Anwar Sadat, the leader of the Reform and Development party in Egypt, and he said, "We are not going to sort out the problems of Gaza until terrorism in Egypt stops." That was his message for the area. Settlements in East Jerusalem, for example, account for 1% of the territory.

The motion calls for the internationalisation of the peace process, and I do not think that that is very productive. The question that has been asked on a number of occasions is: what is required? What should we do? Direct peace talks are required between Israel and the Palestinians, without preconditions. Unfortunately, the Palestinian side comes up with preconditions every time, and those preconditions usually involve the release of yet more terrorists. If we look at Israel's record over settlements, we see that in 2010 there was a 10-month moratorium, but the Palestinians allowed nine months to slip by before they resumed peace talks; they did not take it seriously. A month ago, as I have mentioned, Israel evicted 50 families from homes in Amona. In 2005, we saw the situation in Gaza, and in 2008 Israel made a fantastic offer to withdraw from 94% of the west bank.

The issue that needs to be discussed is how that fits in with land swaps. That needs to be dealt with face to face in negotiations between the two parties. At the moment, all that Israel has got out of the process is a denial of its right to exist, an intensification of violence and demands for the release of yet more terrorists. I do not think anyone should ignore the fact that that is happening because the Palestinians are scared of their own elections. Polling suggests that they are going to lose, whether we are talking about the Palestinian Authority or Hamas, and, sadly, they are going to be succeeded by organisations that are in favour of ISIS


09 FEB 2017

Question on International Business

John Howell (Henley) (Con)

I have a role as the Prime Minister's trade envoy to Nigeria. In the context of fair trade, will the Secretary of State join me in encouraging the Nigerian Government to share the benefits of trade more widely with their people?

Dr Fox

That is a message I will be taking with me when I make a visit to Nigeria in the not-too-distant future.


09 FEB 2017

Comments on Euratom

John Howell (Henley) (Con)

I thank the shadow Minister for so generously giving way. He probably knows that the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy is in my constituency. People there told me how concerned they were about this issue, but they decided that the amendments to the Bill were not helpful. They said that it was much better to deal with Ministers directly, and to put pressure on the Treasury to achieve their objectives

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John Howell

My hon. Friend's point is absolutely clear. The management at Culham do want to co-operate, and they want a much larger project. We should do that not by making amendments, but by having discussions with Ministers.


09 FEB 2017

Statement on Devolution in Oxfordshire

Local council arrangements must respect local areas and their needs

John Howell MP (Henley), Victoria Prentis MP (North Oxfordshire), Robert Courts MP (Witney) and the Rt Hon Andrew Smith MP (Oxford East) have released a joint statement following recent speculation about devolution plans for the county.

Together they said:

"We have seen that South Oxfordshire and the Vale of the White Horse are now backing a bid for a county-based unitary authority. We have also seen that this is opposed by Cherwell District Council, Oxford City Council, and West Oxfordshire District Council. So this is not a unified bid across the whole county, does not have the support of the majority of the County's MPs, and fails the criteria for consensus which the Department of Communities and Local Government are working to.

"We recognise that over recent weeks there has been a lot of speculation about the future arrangement of local government across the county. We are committed to the accountability and efficiency of local government. But there are some red lines we would like to draw. It is essential that the distinct identities of the different areas in Oxfordshire are respected, with council arrangements which are sufficiently close and meaningful that they are in touch with and accountable to local residents and their needs. This is an important issue for everyone. It is not something that can or should be rushed. Our priority is to find the best arrangement for all our constituents."


07 FEB 2017

My question on Neighbourhood Planning

John Howell (Henley) (Con)

I am pleased with what the Secretary of State said about neighbourhood plans. Will he confirm that he accepts they are an important part of the planning mix and are delivering more houses than expected?

Sajid Javid

Yes, I can confirm that. My hon. Friend speaks with some experience in this area, and the evidence is that the 200-odd neighbourhood plans that have been adopted so far are on average leading to 10% more development than was necessary.


07 FEB 2017

My question on GPs

John Howell (Henley) (Con) 

It is not just the need for GPs that is relevant. Surely there is a requirement for GPs to work at weekends, and that should be included in the assessment of demand for their services. GPs should also work with better technologies and work together as groups. [908635]

David Mowat

The Government are committed to GPs offering appointments seven days a week, 8 am until 8 pm, by 2020. By 2018, we will have rolled that out in London. Part of this is about GPs working smarter in integrated hubs of between 30,000 and 40,000 patients, thus enabling them to spread out and to offer services such as pharmacy, physio and social care.


06 FEB 2017

The EU Bill and the amendments

A number of people have written to me promoting amendments to the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill currently before the House of Commons. I comment on them individually below.

Parliamentary involvement in debate

There is concern that Parliament does not have enough involvement in the debate on our leaving the European Union. I understand where the concerns on this are coming from but I do not agree that the Government is pursuing "a hard and destructive outcome" as some of the emails I have received have stated. I am glad that the term a 'hard Brexit' has been avoided in these emails because I find such shorthand phrases very inaccurate and unhelpful. Readers may be aware that the Government has produced a White Paper on our changing relationship with the EU ("The United Kingdom's exit from and new partnership with the European Union"). For example, it says that the Government is seeking to take in "elements of current Single Market arrangements" which does not strike me as very 'hard Brexit'.

The same White Paper sets out the amount of Parliamentary time that has been devoted to discussing the EU and various aspects of our departure. The total number of hours spent doing this in both Houses of Parliament is by my calculation some 60. I do not regret this amount of time but that needs to be put into the context that a normal 2nd Reading of a new Bill has some 4-5 hours allocated to it. I fully expect that this allocation of time will continue.

We have a system of Select Committees in the House of Commons which hold the Government to account by carrying out enquiries. These are cross-party. The time spent so far talking about the EU excludes the time spent by Select Committees examining various aspects of Brexit. My own committee – the Justice Select Committee – only last week held yet another morning of quizzing witnesses from the legal profession on what aspects of justice and the law needed to be taken into account and taken forward. We have also visited the Crown Dependencies of the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey to discuss similar issues. Other Select Committees are doing the same.

In addition, the Prime Minister has also made it clear that both Houses of Parliament will have a vote on the deal which the Government negotiates with the EU before it comes into force. As the White Paper makes clear "The Government will then put the final deal that is agreed between the UK and the EU to a vote in both Houses of Parliament." So, Parliament has a key role in the decisions which are being made.

What are required are regular updates and the opportunity for both Houses to debate the key issues arising from EU exit before a final vote. The Government has already promised this. I therefore do not consider that the amendments are necessary.

I am surprised that some are seeking solace with the Liberal-Democrats. It should be borne in mind that the Liberal-Democrats had the biggest revolt amongst its MPs proportionally of any political party when some of its members opted to vote with the Government over the Bill to grant the Prime Minister the discretion to trigger Article 50.

Euratom

I understand and share the concerns that have been raised over this issue and have already had several conversations and met with Ian Chapman, CEO of CCFE. I have also spoken to several Ministers on the matter and spoken about it on the floor of the House. Having visited CCFE on a number of occasions I am indeed well aware of the world class work being done.

The issue over the future of Euratom is not entirely of the Government's making and it is trying to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. I asked CCFE whether any of the amendments being proposed to the Bill were helpful. The general opinion was that they were not and that the best course of action was direct pressure on Ministers to resolve the issue. I do not therefore see the amendments as necessary.

Support for the constituency

A number of people have written to me to point out that this was a Remain constituency. I know; I voted to Remain. But at no point did anyone in the country vote that Mrs May should not have the discretion to decide on Article 50. I repeat what I said in an earlier blog; what we voted for last week was precisely that. It was not to trigger Article 50. It was to put the situation back to where it was before the Supreme Court judgement and give discretion to the Prime Minister.

Personally, I think we have made a mistake in our decision to leave the European Union. But now is not the time to try to change the result of the Referendum or find ways of undermining the result. We need to work together to put the best possible deal in place for the country as a whole. This is not a matter which can be decided on a constituency-by-constituency basis but needs to bring in the bigger picture.

I fully supported the idea of holding a Referendum. This was not about appeasing the right wing of the Conservative Party but recognised that the Labour Party had a growing issue with the European Union. It was a national, cross-party issue. I was sent to Parliament to pursue the national interest. The argument over what is in the national interest was held at the time of the Referendum and it serves no purpose to continually retread old ground on this nor to use the poor tactics of the Referendum to pretend that things are not as they are. To be frank, I cannot see how we serve the cause of democracy or lessen the political uncertainty by trying to obstruct the decision that the electorate made.


03 FEB 2017

Brexit meetings & update

As I have set out elsewhere, the vote in Parliament this week was not about triggering Article 50 to start the Brexit negotiations. We have not triggered Article 50. It remains as untriggered today as it did at the time of the Referendum.

The vote was about whether we give the Prime Minister back the powers she thought she had before the Supreme Court Judgement. The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill is a very short Bill which simply seeks

"to confer power on the Prime Minister to notify, under Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union, the United Kingdom's intention to withdraw from the EU."

A White Paper has now been published which sets out the Government's plan for establishing a new relationship with the EU. I would like to gather comments from constituents on the Paper and to this end have set up two open meetings as follows:

Monday 13th February, 7pm in Thame Town Hall, High Street, Thame.

Friday 17th February, 7.30pm at the Christchurch Centre, Reading Road, Henley.

These meetings are open to anyone who would like to share their thoughts on the proposals with me to help me form a view on the particular issues to look out for in the forthcoming negotiations.

You can read the White Paper at this link

www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/589191/The_United_Kingdoms_exit_from_and_partnership_with_the_EU_Web.pdf

I said in the House of Commons that the term 'hard Brexit' was a piece of lazy journalism. It hid the fact that what is being proposed does not lie at an extreme one way or the other. For example, I was pleased to see in the White Paper the following quote:

"That agreement may take in elements of current Single Market arrangements..."

The process going forward is that Select Committees will continue with their enquiries into their own areas on the implications of Brexit and feed this into Government. In addition there will no doubt be more debates to add to the 60 hours we have already had in both Houses.


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Constituency support

Brexit discussion meeting Henley 17 Febryary 2017

Attended

Surgery Dorchester on Thames 17 February 2017

Meeting David Hill and John Cotton 15 February 2017

Met

Brexit discussion meeting Thame 13 February 2017

Attended

Meeting John Taylor 13 February 2017

Met

Meeting Leader District Council 10 February 2017

Met

Meeting police Henley 10 February 2017

Met

Meeting Hart Surgery Henley 10 February 2017

Met

BBC Radio Oxford 9 February 2017

Broadcast on schools funding

South Today TV 8 February 2017

Broadcast on schools funding

Together for Short Lives 7 February 2017

Attended reception

Brexit Seminar 4 February 2017

Chaired session

Culham Fusion Centre 3 February 2017

Met

BBC Radio Oxford 3 February 2017

Broadcast on free military pensions

BBC Radio Oxford 2 February 2017

Broadcast on EU Bill

Watlington hoard 29 January 2017

Visited

Thame Kebab Van 28 January 2017

Supported

Council of Europe 22 January - 27 January 2017

Attended

Stonor Broadband 21 January 2017

Attended

Woodcote surgery 21 January 2017

Neighbourhood Planning Seminar 20 January 2017

Chaired

CPRE 20 January 2017

Met

Reed Smith Legal Fellowship 19 January 2017

Attended

That's Oxfordshire 13 January 2017

TV broadcast on mental health

Catapult, Harwell 13 January 2017

Visit

Oxfordshire County Council 7 January 2017

Meeting

Benson Housing Exhibition 6 January 2017

Visited

CABI 6 January 2017

Visit

South Oxfordshire Archaeological Society 19 December 2016

Met in House of Commons

Surgery Henley 17 December 2016

Attended

Shiplake Open Parish Meeting 16 December 2016

Attended and spoke

Thame Neighbourhood Plan meeting 16 December 2016

Attended

Henley Standard Christmas Party 15 December 2016

Attended

Goring Neighbourhood Plan Exhibition 10 December 2016

Attended

Surgery Chinnor 9 December 2016

Small Business Saturday Thame 3 Decemebr 2016

Attended and gave out prizes

NHS in Oxfordshire 2 December 2016

Attended

Kingston Blount Christmas Fayre 1 December 2016

Attended and sponsored

Henley Young Musicians Festival 27 November 2016

Attended

Leonard Cheshire Christmas Fair 26 November 2016

Attended

Henley Street Surgery 26 November 2016

Attended

GB Rowing dinner 25 November 2016

Attended

ITV Meridien 23 November 2016

Broadcast on Autumn Statement

Henley Christmas Fair 20 November 2016

Attended

Constituent in Chalgrove 18 November 2016

Met

Cleve Lodge Care Home Goring 18 November 2016

Visited

Gavin Barwell MP 16 November 2016

Meeting

Parliament Week 16 November 2016

Met

Gudie Dogs 16 November 2016

Meeting

Meningitis Now 16 November 2016

Meeting

Meeting on A34 15 November 2016

Attended

Opening of Chiltern Court Care Centre 15 November 2016

Attended

Remembrance Service Henley 12 November 2016

Attended

Surgery Watlington 11 November 2016

Watlington Primary School Remembrance 11 November 2016

Attended

Horspath Hub 11 November 2016

Attended

Icknield College Remembrance 11 November 2016

Attended

Meeting Dorchester Parish Council 10 November 2016

Met

Family Druig & Alcohol Court 7 November 2016

Sat during session

Chalgrove meeting on planning 4 November 2016

Attended

Lord William's School meeting 4 November 2016

Attended

Thame judges of GBHS 4 November 2016

Attended

Meeting with constituent, Nettlebed 4 November 2016

Attended

Opening of new apprentice unit Culham 3 November 2016

Attended and opened

Rainbow Nursery Watliington 28 October 2016

Attended meeting

Age UK meeting 28 October 2016

Attended

Woodcote Parish Council 28 October 2016

Attended

The Last Word ITV 27 October 2016

Broadcast

BBC South Today TV 26 October 2016

Broadcast on Heathrow

Radio Oxford 26 October 2016

Broadcast on Heathrow

Trafalgar Day Seas Cadets 23 October 2016

Attended

Chinnor RFC lunch 22 October 2016

Attended and spoke

Surgery Watlington 22 October 2016

Henley Music School 16 October 2016

Attended

Opened new gallery at Stuart Barr 8 October 2016

Opened

Visit to Aberdeen oil companies 5 October-6 October 2016

Attended

Conservative Party conference 2 October - 5 October 2016

Attended

Inauguration of the Bishop of Oxford 30 September 2016

Attended

Meeting Whitchurch 27 September 2016

Attended

Meeting Goring 27 September 2016

Attended

Meeting Sonning Common 26 September 2016

Attended

Meeting Berinsfield 26 September 2016

Attended

Chinnor Stroke Club 26 September 2016

Attended

Meeting Chinnor 26 September 2016

Attended

Opened lifts at Goring Station 26 September 2016

Opened

Opened Thame Food Festival 24 September 2016

Opened

Meeting Chalgrove 23 September 2016

Attended

Meeting Watlington 23 September 2016

Attended

Meeting Little Milton 23 September 2016

Attended

Meeting Weston on the Green 22 September 2016

Attended

Meeting Bletchingdon 22 September 2016

Attended

Meeting Islip 22 September 2016

Attended

Council of Europe visit to Kiev 18 September-20 September 2016

Attended

Surgery Woodcote 17 September 2016

Henley Heroes reception 17 September 2016

Attended

Visit to retailer, Goring 16 September 2016

Attended

Visit to Fairmile vineyard 16 September 2016

Attended

Meeting with CCG 16 September 2016

Attended

Holocaust Memorial Reception 14 September 2016

Attended

Farmers - Buy British meeting 14 September 2016

Visited exhibition

Meeting with EE re Nettlebed 13 September 2016

Attended

BBC Radio Oxford 13 September 2016

Broadcast on David Cameron

The Henley Show 10 September 2016

Attended and judged heavy horses

Support for breastcancer charity 7 September 2016

Attended

Supporting the British Red Cross 6 September 2016

Supported

UKAEA Apprenticeships 5 September

Tour round parliament

BBC Radio Oxford 5 September 2016

Broadcast on Brexit

Playground, Noke 3 September 2016

Opened

Regatta for the Disabled 3 September 2016

Opened

Broadband celebration Cuxham 2 September 2016

Attended and spoke

Oxfordshire (Henley) Army Cadets 31 August 2016

Attended

Meeting with HCA 31 August 2016

Attended

Meeting Benson Neighbourhood Plan team 30 August 2016

Attended

Meeting re Horton hospital 22 August 2016

Attended

Meeting with M40 protesters 17 August 2016

Attended

Meeting chairman Chalgrove PC 17 August 2016

Attended

Thame Community Market 16 August 2016

Attended

BBC Berkshire 15 August 2016

Interview with Ann Diamond on Nigeria

BBC Radio Oxford 8 August 2016

Broadcast on trade envoy role

Nettlebed Art and Craft Show 6 August 2016

Attended

Thame Local Plan meeting 4 August 2016

Attended

Meeting re Henley planning 4 August 2016

Attended

Network Rail 4 August 2016

Meeting

Trade Envoy to Nigeria 26-39 July 2016

In Nigeria

John Masefield House 23 July 2016

Participated in fete

NATS meeting 22 July 2016

Attended

Oxfordshire CCG and Oxford Health 15 July 2016

Update

BBC Radio Oxford 14 July 2016

Broadcast on Theresa May

BBC Berkshire 11 July 2016

Broadcast on Conservative leadership

Nigeria Roundtable 9 July 2016

Spoke

Royal International Air Tattoo 8 July 2016

Attended

Re-opened the Birdcage Thame 8 July 2016

Re-opened

Served behind bar at the Birdcage, Thame 8 July 2016

Served

Presented cheque to Oxfordshire Youth at the Birdcage  8 July 2016

Presented cheque

Magistrates Meeting 8 July 2016

Attended

Whitchurch School Take My Freind to School 8 July 2016

Attended

BBC Radio Berkshire 6 July 2016

Broadcast on Townlands

Cancer Research UK 5 July 2016

Discussed sitution in the Henley constituency

Henley Regatta 3 July 2016

Attended as chairman's guest

European school graduation 2 July 2016

Attended

Meeting Harpsden Parish Councillors 1 July 2016

Attended

Culham Science Park 1 July 2016

Attended

ITV Meriden 27 June 2016

Filmed an interview on next Conservative leader

Kirtlington fete & Neighbourhood Plan stall 25 June 2016

Attended

Nettlebed fete 25 June 2016

Attended

Watlington church fete 25 June 2016

Attended

Kidmore End School fete 25 June 2016

Attended

Council of Europe 19 June - 24 June 2016

Attended

Mencap, Henley 18 June 2016

Participated in sing along (photo courtesy Henley Herald)

Little Milton fete 18 June 2016

Opened the fete

On duty with the police 17 June 2016

Attended until midnight

Cranford House School 17 June 2016

Spoke about the EU

Rupert House Henley 17 June 2016

Spoke about the EU

Visit to Diabetes Lab in Oxford 16 June 2016

Attended

Vote In meeting with PM in Henley 14 June 2016

Attended and spoke

BBC Radio Oxford 13 June 2016

Broadcast on 3rd bridge meeting

BBC Berkshire 13 June 2016

Broadcast on 3rd bridge meeting

Watlington Civic Service 12 June 2016

Attended and read

Henley Civic Service 12 June 2016

Attended

90th birthday service at the cathedral in Oxford 11 June 2016

Attended

BBC TV 10 June 2016

Filmed playing cricket in Thame and interviewed

BBC Radio Oxford 10 June 2016

Broadcast on cricket in Thame

MP Sports Cricket Academy 90 Not Out 10 June 2016

Played cricket

3rd bridge meeting 10 June 2016

Attended and co-chaired

Re-opening of village store, Binfield Heath 10 June 2016

Participated

Aircraft noise meeting 7 June 2016

Attended

Sydenham Fayre 4 June 2016

Attended

Sonning Common In Campaign 4 June 2016

Participated

Apprentices UK Atomic Energy Authority 3 June 2016

Visited

Council of Europe, Culture Committee Paris 31 May - 1 June 2016

Attended

Visit to Whitchurch Hill fete 28 May 2016

Attended

Visit to Greenshoots 28 May 2016

Attended

Visit to Henley in Bloom and Allotment Association 28 May 2016

Attended

Visit to Chelsea Fringe Henley 28 May 2016

Attended

Away day with TVP Firearms team 27 May 2016

Participated

APPG on ADR 25 May 2016

Chaired.

APPG on Police 23 May 2016

Elected Vice-chair. Session on psychoactive drugs

Westminster Legal Policy Forum 23 May 2016

Chaired

Push the Boat Out, Dorchester Lakes 22 May 2016

Attended

Williams Tenders apprentices event 21 May 2016

Attended and gave certificates

Thame In Campaign 21 May 2016

Attended

Arts Week Wheatley 20 May 2016

Attended

Arts Week Horpath Hub 20 May 2016

Attended

Meeting Superintendent Freeman 20 May 2016

Attended

ADS Apprenticeship with James Stone 18 May 2016

Attended

ZDF 18 May 2016

Broadcast on Queen's Speech

ITV 18 May 2016

Broadcast on EU Referendum

Oxfordshire Cadets Open day 14 May 2016

Attended

Pyrton village fete 14 May 2016

Opened

Goring Neighbourhood Plan exhibition 14 May 2016

Attended

In Campaign meeting with David Cameron 14 May 2016

Attended

Wine tasting Sonning Common 13 May 2016

Attended

Surgery Henley 13 May 2016

Meeting Thame Town Council 13 May 2016

Attended

BBC Radio Oxford 10 May 2016

Broadcast on Network Rail in AONB around Goring

RAF Halton Freedom Parade Thame 8 May 2016

Attended

Benson Neighbourhood Plan 7 May 2016

Attended meeting

Wallingford bridge Club at Roke

Attended, spoke, gave prizes

Thame Cricket Club 6 May 2016

Visited

Jack Peers Outdoor Centre, Great Milton 6 May 2016

Visited

Network Rail meeting, Goring 5 May 2016

Attended

In Court of Appeal with Sir Brian Leveson 5 May 2016

Attended as part of IPT Fellowship

Chalgrove church restored 1 May 2016

Visited

Chalgrove May fair 1 May 2016

Attended

Clifton Hampden-Culham Quarry 29 April 2016

Supported the campaign

Lucy Electric Thame 29 April 2016

Visited

Cardno Thame 29 April 2016

Visited

Shiplake Annual Parish Meeting 28 April 2016

Attended and spoke

Thame Food Festival and Blue Tin, Ipsden 27 April 2016

Attended CLA awards

LEO 27 April 2016

Hosted lunch

National Golf Month 27 April 2016

Attended

Initiated debate in House of Commons 27 April 2016

Spoke in support of ambulatory care

Opening of Camelid Vets, Goring Heath 23 April 2016

Attended and conducted opening

Parliamentary delegate to the Council of Europe 18-22 April 2016

Thame Skate Park 17 April 2016

Attended

Wheatley Conservatives 15 April 2016

Attended

Horspath Hub Renovation Celebration 9 April 2016

Attended

Surgery Woodcote 9 Apirl 2016

Visit to Newnham Farm 7 April 2016

Attended

Visit to Townlands 4 April 2016

Attended

Meeting re Nigeria 1 April 2016

Attended

Williams Powerboats 1 April 2016

Attended meeting

Meeting with Leader SODC 1 April 2016

Attended

Meeting Sonning Eye 1 April 2016

Attended about water flows

That's TV 31 March 2016

Broadcast on air quality in Henley

BBC Radio Oxford 29 March 2016

Broadcast on Air Quality in south Oxfordshire

BBC Radio Oxford 22 March 2016

Broadcast on Henley GP surgeries and the Conservative Party

SOCA AGM 19 March 2016

Attended and spoke

Lucy Electrics Thame 18 March 2016

Visited apprentices

Meeting with OCCG, Oxford Health and Radcliffe CEO 18 March 2016

Attended

Meeting with The Lighthouse, Newington 18 March 2016

Attended

Meeting Henley College 18 March 2016

Attended

Surgery Thame Library 18 March 2016

Speaking for NE Hampshire Conservatives 18 March 2016

Spoke

Radio Oxford 17 March 2016

Broadcast on the budget

Council of Europe Committee meeting Paris 13 March 2016 to 14 March 2016

Attended

Select Committee trip to New York and Boston 7 March 2016 to 11 March 2016

Attended

Visit to Ripon College Cuddesdon 4 March 2016

Attended

Nettlebed and Bix Conservative branch AGM 26 February 2016

Spoke

Recordings for BBC 13 February 2016

Attended

Surgery Watlington 12 February 2016

Meeting with Thames Travel 12 February 2016

Attended

Meeting re Henley Post Office 12 February 2016

Attended

Visit to the police 12 February 2016

Attended

The Crown Sydenham 7 February 2016

Quiz master

Henley library 6 February 2016

Visited

Weston on the Green Neighbourhood Plan exhibisition 6 February 2016

Attended

BBC Radio Berkshire 2 February 2016

Broadcast - yet again - on Townlands

BBC Radio Oxford 2 February 2016

Broadcast - yet again - on Townlands

BBC South Today TV 22 January 2016

Broadcast on aircraft noise

Henley Business Partnership 22 January 2016

Attended and spoke

BBC Radio Berkshire 22 January 2016

Broadcast on aircarft noise

CAE, Benson 22 January 2016

Flew Merlin on simulator

BBC Radio Oxford 20 January 2016

Broadcast about unemployment and Trade Envoy role

APPG on the Thames 19 January 2016

Set up and attended

APPG on Rural Services 19 January 2016

Spoke about rural bus services

Mix 96 15 January 2016

Diary broadcast

Chinnor Rugby Club lunch 9 January 2016

Attended

Meeting Arriva buses 8 January 2016

Attended

Visit to QE2 hospital WGC 8 January 2016

Attended

Tetsworth Planning meeting 4 January 2016

Attended

BBC Radio Oxford Broadcast 28 December 2015

2015 look back and 2016 look forward

Meeting Henley College 23 December 2015

Attended

Restoration of Chalgrove Church 20 December 2015

Attended

OSCAR Christmas Party 12 December 2015

Attended as patron

Warborough & Shillingford Neighbourhood Plan show 12 December 2015

Attended

BBC Radio Oxford 7 December 2015

Broadcast on Townlands

Thame Small Business Saturday 5 December 2015

Attended and spoke

Watlington Christmas Fayre 5 December 2015

Attended

Meeting with local farmers 4 December 2015

Attended and spoke

Meeting with ORCC rep 4 December 2015

Attended

Meeting with SODC leader 4 December 2015

Attended

BBC South Today TV 4 December 2015

The aftermath of the Syria debate

Mix 96 4 December 2015

Diary

BBC Radio Berkshire 4 December 2015

Townlands and aftermath of Syria vote

Chiltern Edge School Public Speaking 3 December 2015

Judge

BBC Radio Oxford 3 December 2015

Aftermath of vote last night

Court of Appeal, Day 5 of IPT Fellowship 2 December 2015

Attended court

BBC Radio Oxford 2 December 2015

Broadcast on air strikes for ISIL

Petition on Fairer Schools Funding 1 December 2015

Presented to the House of Commons

Great British High Street awards 30 November 2015

Supporting Thame in Rising Star category

Leonard Cheshire Disability Christmas Bazaar Burcot 28 November 2015

Attended

Meeting with Police Superintendent, north of constituency 27 November 2015

Attended

Meeting with Oxfordshire County Council 27 November 2015

Attended

Meeting with Thame Town Clerk 27 November 2015

Attended

JACK FM 26 November 2015

Broadcast on Syria and ISIL

BBC Radio Oxford 26 November 2015

Broadcast on spending review

ITV Meridian 25 November 2015

Broadcast on spending review

Meeting with Minister Robert Goodwill re Heathrow noise 23 November 2015

Attended

Celebration of new school and hall, Blecthingdon 22 November 2015

Attended and spoke

Surgery Watlington 21 November 2015

GB Rowing Team Dinner 20 November 2015

Attended

Croft Associates Ltd 20 November 2015

Attended meeting

Meeting SODC and OCC 20 November 2015

Attended

Crowmarsh School 20 November2015

Presented flag and gave certificates

The Last Word, ITV 19 November 2015

Panellist

Henley Deanery Synod 19 November 2015

Attended and spoke

Bowel Cancer Reception House of Commons 18 November 2015

Attended

BBC Television Local News 13 November 2015

Broadcast on school funding formula

BBC Radio oxford 13 November 2015

Broadcast on school funding formula

BBC 5 Live 10 November 2015

Broadcast on Trade Union Bill

Sitting in Employment Tribunal 9 November 2015

3rd day of IPT fellowship

Remembrance Day Thame 8 November 2015

Attended

Blessing of war memorial, Henley 7 November 2015

Attended

Goring Neighbourhood Plan meeting 7 November 2015

Meeting

Meeting all Oxfordshire secondary heads 4 November 2015

Attended

Sitting with Mr Justice Blair 2 November 2015

2nd day of IPT fellowship sitting in Commercial Court

Age UK in Henley 30 October 2015

Attended

Meeting in Noke 30 October 2015

Attended

BBC Radio Oxford 28 October 2015

Broadcast on VAT on tampons

Sitting with Mr Justice Knowles 23 October 2015

1st day of IPT fellowship sitting in Commercial Court

BBC Oxford 23 October 2015

Broadcast on Network Rail in Goring Gap

BBC Berkshire 20 October 2015

Broadcast on Network Rail in Goring/S Stoke and noise from aircraft

Surgery Henley 17 October 2015

Held

Culham Science Centre 16 October 2015

Meeting

South Stoke School 16 October 2015

Visited

Towse Court Goring 16 October 2015

Opened

FSB breakfast 16 October 2015

Attended

BBC Radio Oxford Broadcast 16 October 2015

CPR

BBC Oxford lunchtime broadcast 15 October 2015

Unemployment in South Oxfordshire

Sunday Trading Discussion with constituent 14 October 2015

Attended

Blood donors drop in at Parliament 14 October 2015

Attended

Hearing Loss drop in at Parliament 14 October 2015

Attended

ITV Meridian 12 October 2015

Broadcast on RAF Benson personnel crash

Thame Civic Service 11 October 2015

Attended

Conservative Party Conference 4 - 7 October 2015

Attended (see description in panel adjacent)

Village Tour 10 Broadband meeting with Ed Vaizey and parishes 2 October 2015

Chaired

Village Tour 10 Goring and Woodcote GPs 2 October 2015

Met

Village Tour 10 Horspath Hub 2 October 2015

Attended for coffee and to meet people

Village Tour 9 National Older People's Day tea 1 October 2015

Attended

Village Tour 9 Thame CAB 1 October 2015

Attended

Village Tour 9 Chalgrove Public Meeting 1 October 2015

Attended and spoke

Village Tour 8 Henley College 30 September 2015

Meeting

Village Tour 8 Berrick Salome PC 30 September 2015

Attended

Village Tour 8 Wheatley 30 September 2015

Coffee at the Merry Bells

Village Tour 7 Merton Parish Council 29 September 2015

Attended

Village Tour 7 Noke Parish Council 29 September 2015

Attended

Village Tour 7 Drayton St Leonard 29 September 2015

Attended

Village Tour 7 Berinsfield PC 29 September 2015

Attended

Village Tour 6 Pishill PC 28 September 2015

Attended

Village Tour 6 Henley Business Rates 28 September 2015

Attended

Village Tour 6 Ewelme PC 28 September 2015

Attended

Village Tour 6 Dorchester PC 28 September 2015

Attended

Village Tour 6 Sydenham PC 28 September 2015

Attended

Village Tour 6 Lewknor PC 28 September 2015

Attended

Village Tour 5 Art exhibition Britwell Hill 25 September 2015

Attended

Village Tour 5 Meeting Sonning Common NDP team 25 September 2015

Attended

Village Tour 5 Meeting with Police 25 September 2015

Attended

Village Tour 5 Europa School, Culham 25 September 2015

Attended opening of Spanish stream

Village Tour 4 Weston on the Green PC 24 September 2015

Public meeting with Ian Hudspeth

Village Tour 4 Shipton on Cherwell PC 24 September 2015

Attended

Village Tour 4 Bletchingdon School 24 September 2015

Visited

Village Tour 4 Bletchingdon PC 24 September 2015

Attended

Village Tour 4 Rotherfield Peppard PC 24 September 2015

Attended

Village Tour 4 CAB Henley meeting 24 September 2015

Visited

Village Tour 3 Local district and county councillors 23 September 2015

Met

Village Tour 3 Checkendon PC 23 September 2015

Attended

Village Tour 3 HR Wallingford 23 September 2015

Attended

Village Tour 2 Watlington PC 22 September 2015

Attended

Village Tour 2 Woodcote PC 22 September 2015

Attended

Village Tour 2 Kidmore End PC 22 September 2015

Attended

Village Tour 2 Whitchurch Coffee Morning 22 September 2015

Attended

Village Tour 1 Swyncombe PC 21 September 2015

Attended

Village Tour 1 Great Milton PC 21 September 2015

Attended

Village Tour 1 Little Milton PC 21 September 2015

Attended

Village Tour 1 Aston Rowant PC 21 September 2015

Attended

Surgery Chinnor 19 September 2015

Meeting re PAGE 18 September 2015

Attended

OCC Group Meeting 18 September 2015

Attended

Henley Show 12 September 2015

Judged handsomest heavy horse

Learning Enterprises Organisation 11 September 2015

Visited

Meeting re Mental Health 11 September 2015

Attended

E3DOnline 11 September 2015

Visited

Chalgrove Surgery 11 September 2015

Attended

BBC Radio Oxcford 11 September 2015

Refugees

Benson Patients Panel 10 September 2015

Attended and spoke

Wear it Pink Breast cancer campaign 9 September 2015

Attended

Holocaust Memorial Trust reception 8 September 2015

Attended

Greys Fete, Greys Court 6 September 2015

Attended

Stadhampton Village Show 5 September 2015

Attended

Regatta for the Disabled, Henley 5 September 2015

Opened

South Central Ambulance Service 4 September 2015

Visited

Meeting Thames Valley PCC 4 September 2015

Attended

Delayed discharges meeting 4 September 2015

Attended

Mapeldurham Community Energy 3 September 2015

Attended presentation

Mapeldurham Parish Council 3 September 2015

Attended meeting

M40 CEG meeting 3 September 2015

Attended

Warborough Neighbourhood Plan meeting 2 September 2015

Attended and spoke

SODC/Vale Neighbourhood Planning 2 September 2015

Attended and spoke

Berinsfield Neighbourhood Plan 2 September 2015

Attended meeting

Goring & Streatley Scouts 1 September 2015

Attended, spoke, presented badges

Meeting with Patrick Hallgate, Network Rail 1 September 2015

Attended

Meeting between OCCG and TSG 1 September 2015

Chaired

Ewelme fete 31 August 2015

Attended

Watlington RBL fete 31 August 2015

Attended

Townlands Steering Group meeting 25 August 2015

Attended

Meeting Leader OCC 24 August 2015

Attended

Goring Neighbourhood Plan informal meeting 21 August 2015

Attended

Meeting OCCG and TSG 18 August 2015

Chaired

Meeting Leader SODC 18 August 2015

Attended

Meeting David Smith, CCG, 14 August 2015

Attended

Meeting Dr Andrew Burnett 14 August 2015

Attended

Association of Building Societies 14 August 2015

Attended meeting

BBC Radio Oxford 14 August 2015

islip traffic plan

Meeting with Chinnor Neighbourhood Plan Group 13 August 2015

Attended

Meeting with Chinnor Parish Council 13 August 2015

Attended

Meeting with Peter Ashby 12 August 2015

Attended

Village Post Office meeting, Nettlebed 10 August 2015

Attended

Radio 5 Live 10 August 2015

Court charges

Meeting with Ian Reissmann 6 August 2015

Attended

Meeting with Mayor of Henley 6 August 2015

Attended

Wheatley and Holton Neighbourhood Plan meeting 5 August 2015

Attended and spoke

Great British High Street Thame 5 August 2015

Filmed

Thame U3A 5 August 2015

Spoke

Nettlebed Art Show 1 August 2015

Attended

Congratulations to Shayne Hadland RAF Benson 24 July 2015

Attended

Meeting County Council and CCG 24 July 2015

Attended

Meeting re Berinsfield Neighbourhood Plan 24 July 2015

Attended

Islip Traffic Meeting 23 July 2015

Endorsed traffic plan

Surgery Thame 18 July 2015

Meeting with the police 17 July 2015

Attended

Meeting with Barclays 16 July 2015

About Watlington

Water Aid event 15 July 2015

Attended parliamentary event

Anthony Nolan Stem cell event 15 July 2015

Attended in Parliament

Upper Thames Rowing Club 11 July 2015

Awarded prizes for regatta

St Andrews School fete 11 July 2015

Opened and judged competition

Thame Open Doors Event 11 July 2015

Attended

March Henley re Townlands 11 July 2015

Attended

BBC Oxford 11 July 2015

Townlands

Thame First Group 10 July 2015

Meeting

Henley Partnership 10 July 2015

Meeting

Meeting Schools Heads 10 July 2015

Attended

BBC Berkshire 10 July 2015

Townlands

The Last Word, ITV 9 July 2015

Panelist

ITV 8 July 2015

Moving parliament

ITV 8 July 2015

The budget

Henley Royal Regatta 5 July 2015

Attended

Wheatley Village Fayre 4 July 2015

Worked on Conservative stall

Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra 3 July 2015

Presented shield at concert

OCCG 3 July 2015

Discussions

Neighbourhood Plan group, Heyford Park 3 July 2015

Talk

Governors Wheatley Park School 3 July 2015

Meeting

Constituent in Thame 2 July 2015

Discussions

The Close, Burcot 2 July 2015

Visited

APPG on apprentices 30 June 2015

Elected vice-chairman

APPG for autism 29 June 2015

Attended

St Andrew's school Chinnor 29 June 2015

Met school council at parliament

BBC Berkshire 29 June 2015

Townlands

Aston Rowant fete 28 June 2015

Attended

Brightwell Baldwin fete 27 June 2015

Attended

Nettlebed fete 27 June 2015

Attended

Broadcast BBC Berkshire 26 June 2015

Townlands

Constituent in Horspath 26 June 2015

Visited

The Hub Horspath 26 June 2015

Attended

Crowmarsh School 26 June 2015

Spoke at assembly

Campaigning for Ovarian Cancer 23 June 2015

Attended

British Heart Foundation 23 June 2015

Attended reception

Meeting GamServe 22 June 2015

Meeting

Towersey fete 21 June 2015

Visited

Mencap event Henley 20 June 2015

Joined in

Surgery Woodcote 20 Jne 2015

Held

Leonard Cheshire Home Burcot 19 June 2015

Visited

Williams Performance Tenders 19 June 2015

Visited

Great Milton Fete 13 June 2015

Attended

Thame Carnival 13 June 2015

Attended

BBC South 12 June 2015

Recorded broadcast for Sunday

Horton cum Studley Annual Parish Meeting 11 June 2015

Attended and spoke

Parliamentary Air Pollution/Clean Air drop in 9 June 2015

Attended

Carers' Week 8 June 2015

Attended Westminster reception

Henley Civic Service 7 June 2015

Attended

Bix fete and dog show 6 June 2015

Attended

Archaeological site Thame 5 June 2015

Visited

Meeting re planning Thame 5 June 2015

Attended

BBC Oxford 4 June 2015

Broadcast on broadband

BBC Berkshire 4 June 2015

Broadcast on broadband and MP's pay

FSB event Westminster 3 June 2015

Attended

Sinodun Rotary Club dinner 30 May 2015

Attended and spoke

Henley Allotment Association 30 May 2015

Visited

Surgery Henley 30 May 2015

Meeting with Leader SODC 29 May 2015

Attended

Meeting with Islip Parish Council 29 May 2015

Attended

Neighbourhood Plan meeting Goring 22 May 2015

Attended and spoke

Arts Week Drochester 22 May 2015

Attended

Arts Week Chalgrove church 22 May 2015

Attended

Meeting constituent, Benson 22 May 2015

To discuss planning

RAF Benson Annual Reception 21 May 2015

Attended

Meeting with CCG 21 May 2015

Attended

Crowmarsh Gifford School flag in Westminster 19 May 2015

Viewed and supported

Ohio singers Chalgrove concert 16 May 2015

Attended

Nettlebed School Fete 16 May 2015

Attended

Pyrton Fete 16 May 2015

Attended

Great Haseley Fete 16 May 2015

Attended

Williams tender power boat racing 16 May 2015

Attended and gave prizes

Kirtlington residents 15 May 2015

Met to discuss planning

Warborough Coffee Morning, St Laurence Hall 14 May 2015

Attended

Oratory School Woodcote 12 May 2015

Attended opening of swimming pool

BBC Oxford 11 May 2015

Broadcast on CCG consultation on Townlands

Visit to Chequers at Burcot 7 May 2015

Attended to support small business

Launch of visitor's guide and web site, Goring 6 May 2015

Attended