23 NOV 2017

Animal Sentience

Parliament did not vote that animals were not sentient. It is completely wrong to suggest that we did. I am happy to reproduce the written statement issued on 23 November 2017 by Michael Gove which makes this clear.

"This Government is committed to the very highest standards of animal welfare. As the Prime Minister has set out, we will make the United Kingdom a world leader in the care and protection of animals.

It has been suggested that the vote last week on New Clause 30 of the EU Withdrawal Bill somehow signalled a weakening in the protection of animals - that is wrong. Voting against the amendment was not a vote against the idea that animals are sentient and feel pain - that is a misconception.

Ministers explained on the floor of the house that this Government's policies on animal welfare are driven by our recognition that animals are indeed sentient beings and we are acting energetically to reduce the risk of harm to animals – whether on farms or in the wild. The vote against New Clause 30 was the rejection of a faulty amendment, which would not have achieved its stated aims of providing appropriate protection for animals.

The Prime Minister has made clear that we will strengthen our animal welfare rules. This government will ensure that any necessary changes required to UK law are made in a rigorous and comprehensive way to ensure animal sentience is recognised after we leave the EU. The Withdrawal Bill is not the right place to address this, however we are considering the right legislative vehicle.

We are already proposing primary legislation to increase maximum sentences for animal cruelty from six months to five years, and the creation of a new statutory, independent body to uphold environmental standards.

The current EU instrument – Article 13 – has not delivered the progress we want to see. It does not have direct effect in law – in practice its effect is very unclear and it has failed to prevent practices across the EU which are cruel and painful to animals.

In contrast, here in the UK, we are improving animal welfare standards without EU input and beyond the scope of Article 13. We are making CCTV mandatory in all slaughterhouses – a requirement which goes above and beyond any EU rule. We will consult on draft legislation to jail animal abusers for up to five years – more than almost every other European nation. We propose combatting elephant poaching with a ban on the ivory trade which is more comprehensive than anywhere else in Europe. Our ban on microbeads which harm marine animals has been welcomed by Greenpeace as "the strongest in the world", and is certainly the strongest in Europe.

Once we have left the EU there is even more we could do. EU rules prevent us from restricting or banning the live export of animals for slaughter. EU rules also restrict us from cracking down on puppy smuggling or banning the import of puppies under 6 months. Article 13 has not stopped any of these practices – but leaving the EU gives us the chance to do much better. We hope to say more in these areas next year.

This government will continue to promote and enhance "

The Animal Welfare Act 2006 provides protection for all animals capable of experiencing pain or suffering. I agree with Michael Gove and Ministers who spoke that of course animals are sentient creatures. But the EU protocol has been useless in preventing sentient animals being included in bull fights, being used for veal farming, to make foie gras, to end live exports for slaughter, or used to make cruel fur products.

Indeed in a debate in 2017, the point was made that cruelty to animals often led to cruelty to humans and the two offences should be seen together. As one speaker in that debate said: "The standard by which I judge civilisation is how we treat animals and animal welfare more generally." That remains the case.


22 NOV 2017

Contribution to debate on drugs

John Howell (Henley) (Con)

  Thank you, Mr Gapes, for managing to squeeze me into the debate. I shall use the time wisely, I hope. We have all agreed that drug misuse can destroy lives, that it has a devastating effect on families and communities, and that we can help individuals by preventing drug misuse and through treatment and wider recovery support. That is where I would support the Government's new strategy—in putting recovery at its heart.

What I am uncomfortable with at the moment is the idea of going straight to a policy of decriminalisation. I should like smarter law enforcement. How to approach that is largely in the hands of police and crime commissioners. If we had a smarter enforcement response, it might produce beneficial results. There is no reason why the enforcement process against those who supply drugs should not be harsh, involving effective action. However, we need to be much more sophisticated in our approach to possession, and in taking account of the number of people using drugs, and who are therefore committing crimes. If it is possible to take a halfway position on the issue, I certainly advocate that.

We need also to ensure better outcomes, and better measurements to capture them, throughout the process. We have bandied figures around today, but there is not a lot of commonality between them, and the figures that I have are slightly different from those that my hon. Friend the Member for South Thanet (Craig Mackinlay) set forth. We need some really tight figures; and I am surprised, given the amount of time that has been spent in combating the drugs problem, to find that we still do not have those figures.

In an intervention on my hon. Friend the Member for South Thanet I mentioned the Prison Service, because I am a member of the Select Committee on Justice and have visited many prisons where the issue has come up. Sophistication is needed in the way we tackle that. There are people in prison who were taking drugs before they went there, and quite a lot who have taken drugs since they came into prison. How we handle that will say a lot about how we tackle the problem for the future.

The thing that has most impressed me is information I was sent by a charity called Release. I know that it argues for ending the criminalisation of drug possession; but it brought out some key points on which we need to concentrate. The first was the necessity to combat the situation by improving public health. We should spend some time on that. It also stresses ways that we can reduce the stigmatisation and marginalisation of vulnerable populations—a number of Members have spoken about that—and allied to that is the need to combat the spread of infectious diseases. Finally, it is also necessary to look at a range of other issues, such as addressing homelessness. Those things are in the Government strategy, but I do not yet see them being joined up in order to take them forward.

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John Howell (Henley) (Con)

I thank my hon. Friend for introducing the debate. Before he moves on to financial costs, will he say something about another side of the human cost—the extent to which prisoners are taking drugs and the efforts being made to try to stop that in prisons?

Craig Mackinlay

My hon. Friend makes a good point. We in the judiciary often feel that we put people in prison as a last resort and hope that that is a place where they may seek relief from drugs and get the treatment they need. However, all too often we hear of many examples where that is far from the case.


22 NOV 2017

Budget money for children at RAF Benson

Oxfordshire, and the Henley constituency in particular, has won out under the budget proposals announced today in the House of Commons by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Phillip Hammond MP, with grant of almost £100,000 to an organisation involved with RAF Benson and Dalton Barracks..

Under the terms of the budget, a further £36 million of banking fines has been committed over the next 3 years to support Armed Forces and Emergency Services charities and other related good causes. This completes the LIBOR Charity Funding scheme, bringing the total of funding committed since 2012 to £773 million. The successful applicants will receive the funding from April 2018.

The details of the grant are as follows:

  • Oxfordshire Play Association
  • To provide community support facilities to Service families at RAF Benson and Dalton Barracks in Oxfordshire.
  • £98,535

Oxfordshire Play Association Oxfordshire Play Association (OPA) was established as a charity in 1974. For over 40 years, OPA has been one of the lead organisations in Oxfordshire to promote high quality play opportunities across the county for all children and young people aged 0 – 16 years.

I said:

"I am delighted that OPA has won this grant and that it can support children at RAF Benson with good quality play experiences. It is a great support to our Armed Forces and will be much enjoyed."


21 NOV 2017

Chiltern Edge School

Oxfordshire County Council Cabinet is being recommended to save Chiltern Edge School and provide it with a secure future.

Papers produced for the Cabinet of the County Council recommend that the Council should not issue a notice proposing the closure of the school and that the school should remain open. The papers also identify that an academy sponsor has been found for the school and that they should continue discussions leading to the school becoming an Academy.

I said:

"First, and above all, I would like to praise and thank everyone for the enormous amount of hard work that has gone into improving the school. The school has improved considerably and continues to improve further. This addresses the concerns raised by Ofsted. Second, I would like to thank all those from the community and from the school who have worked hard to try to save the school. The effort that has been put in has been tremendous and it is good that we have won. My thanks also go to the Head Teacher, Moira Green, for bringing the school out of a deficit situation. I hope the County Council will accept these recommendations from its Cabinet Member and officers and ensure that the school flourishes well."

The Cabinet meeting is due to be held on 28 November 2017


21 NOV 2017

VAT and Customs Bill

John Howell (Henley) (Con) 

Will the Minister comment on the extent to which the Bill will allow the VAT and customs system to continue, whatever the outcome of the negotiations? Has enough flexibility been built in to the measure regardless of the outcome?

Mel Stride Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General

My hon. Friend raises an important point that goes to the heart of the Bill. This is a framework Bill, so it will allow us to make sure that we can deliver wherever the negotiations land. It does not presuppose any particular outcome from the negotiations; its purpose is to enable the outcome of the negotiations to be put into effect.


21 NOV 2017

Yemen

John Howell (Henley) (Con)

UNICEF has praised the UK for the aid it has already contributed to the country. Will the Minister say a little more about what pressure he feels can be brought on Iran to end its supply to the Houthis, who are still indulging in things like forced marriage and the use of children as soldiers?

Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development)

Our relationship with Iran is changing: since going to the inauguration of President Rouhani we have made it clear that, although there are many differences between us—not least Iran's support for what we consider to be insurgencies and terrorist action—it sees the world differently from others in the region, but the logical consequence of that not being addressed is dire. Accordingly, if there are pathways to encourage people to see their region differently and to try to create relationships that at present seem difficult, the UK's role these days is to encourage that. There are already relationships between certain states in the region that 50 years ago we would not have expected, so who knows what can happen in the future, but we will continue to work with those in the region, including Iran, to encourage them towards a regional situation that no longer relies on confrontation, but relies instead on consensual support for their peoples.


21 NOV 2017

Student loans

John Howell (Henley) (Conservative)

Would the Minister like to explain what role the Office for Students will play in this, and how it will help?

Jo Johnson Minister of State (Department for Education) (Universities and Science)

The new Office for Students comes into existence progressively from 1 January 2018, with its full operational existence commencing in April 2018. The Student Loans Company has its own statutory existence, independent of the Office for Students, and it will continue to carry out its vital function of ensuring that the loans we make available to remove barriers to access to higher education continue to be made available seamlessly to the students who are in need of them.


16 NOV 2017

Puma 2 and Benson

John Howell (Henley) (Con)

This subject matters fundamentally to me. The Puma squadron is based in my constituency at RAF Benson, and I was concerned by questions over the Puma's future and how that fits into any strategy that we may be thinking of developing. We need to take account of a proper strategy assessment that covers many of the points raised by the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent North (Ruth Smeeth) in her initial contribution.

The Puma is not an old aircraft, as is occasionally stated. All the Pumas were found to be in excellent condition, and, in terms of airframe life, there is no impediment to their making the current out-of-service date of 2025, or indeed considerably later. In addition, we only have to look at the contribution that these aircraft have made to operations around the world: whether deploying in Afghanistan in support of Operation Toral or supporting vital aid in the Caribbean following the recent hurricane disasters, the Pumas have shown their enormous ability to be ready for operations within a few hours of arrival, and they make an ideal platform to support special forces. Moreover, Puma 2 has a relatively low operating cost, delivering excellent value for money.

The £260 million contract to upgrade 24 helicopters was noted by the National Audit Office as a programme delivered on time and to cost. I finish with a quotation from Major General Richard Felton:

"Out of all the aircraft I've flown, Puma 2 probably made my jaw drop most."


15 NOV 2017

Loneliness

John Howell (Henley) (Con)

The hon. Lady is making a powerful speech. I am very concerned about loneliness in younger people. I wonder whether she will come on in a moment to the effect of social media, which can increase the feelings of worthlessness and loneliness, which are fundamental and long term?

Rachel Reeves

Indeed; I think something like one in six calls to ChildLine are from young people who feel lonely or isolated. Loneliness is something we should worry about not only among older people, although that is a significant issue, but among younger people. The connection searched for on social media is sometimes not a real connection, which should concern us, although we should also recognise that things such as Skype can help to keep people connected. I definitely share some of those concerns.


15 NOV 2017

Reform of Family Law

John Howell (Henley) (Con)

My hon. Friend is talking passionately about the changes that have been made. Will she accept—I speak as the chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on alternative dispute resolution—that a great contribution has been made by mediation? We should seriously encourage the use of mediation services in this area because they have a positive impact.

Suella Fernandes

I thank my hon. Friend for raising mediation. Compulsory family mediation information meetings were one of the measures introduced in the 2014 Act. They have had the benefit of diverting conflict and cases out of the adversarial system.

The Conservatives and the Government should be proud of a record that leaves family justice in a better place than where we found it in 2010. Why did I call this debate? I called it because there is further to go.

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John Howell (Henley) (Con)

I did not intend to speak today, but I feel I ought to comment on the mediation aspect, which has numerous advantages. Of course, any mediation is only as good as the mediator. If we acknowledge that, we can take the collaborative approach of mediation to put together something that is in the interests of the parties involved. There are a couple of other aspects of mediation that I want to bring up. First, it saves a considerable amount of time in dealing with the problems, rather than taking them, perhaps on several occasions, before a judge and expanding on them there. Secondly, it saves a considerable amount of money. I have been trying to get to the bottom of how much money mediation saves, and I think it is a considerable sum.

There is an important overriding aspect, which is that mediation is the best way of ensuring that we deal with the emotions involved. There is no doubt that a divorce is a very emotional time for both parties and for third parties such as children. Mediation can deal with matters in a non-emotional way.

Andrew Bridgen

My hon. Friend makes a good point about mediation, but how can it work without guidelines for parents, depending on the age of the children, on what contact might be reasonable and what they might expect? One of the main reasons why conflict over contact with children is so intense is because there are no guidelines on what parents might expect on separation. It is basically the all or nothing rule, so people go into battle and they could come out with nothing or they could come out with complete contact. That is the crux of the problem.

John Howell

My hon. Friend makes a valid point. However, there is much more to be gained out of mediation in terms of working out what the arrangements for contact are. I fully accept that that is a major difficulty, but there are many more opportunities for getting it right in a non-emotional way and by trying to take those raw emotions out of the situation than there are in a formal legal battle. That is why I emphasise taking away the difficult emotional aspects through mediation.

Above all, mediation leaves control of the situation in the hands of the parties. It does not take it away and give it to a judge. The parties do not lose control of the process or of how to deal with the children and with access. They retain control. Anyone who sits through a mediation will experience the enormous amount of power that that gives people to be able to decide for themselves, rather than passing it off to a third party. In the session that the all-party group on alternative dispute resolution had on family mediation, that came across strongly as one of the things that should be valued.

Andrew Bridgen

I hear what my hon. Friend is saying and I absolutely agree about the parties keeping control over the contact levels they have with their children. Normally in a court that is farmed out to the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service, which came out of the family court welfare service. In correspondence with CAFCASS, we have established that in all the time that CAFCASS has been set up, there has never been any training for its main function, which is making recommendations to a court on the allocation of contact time for various parents. How can it be that it has such power, yet it admits to me in correspondence that it has never had any formal guidance, and it does not record the contact that it recommends at various stages? There is no record of the contacts awarded and whether they are right. Also, CAFCASS's statements are not sworn, so it cannot even be held to account for the recommendations it gives in court.

John Howell

My hon. Friend makes the very point that I was making about the difference between that system and the mediation system. Mediators are not people who have no knowledge. They are not appointed off the street. They have spent a large part of their time in office going through training to make sure that they understand the process and the sensitivities of the issues, particularly the emotional sensitivities, and can deal with those in a professional way. Certainly if there any examples of mediators who do not do that, I would like to hear about them, because that is contrary to the whole mediation process, which provides enormous benefits to couples. I say that as a final comment and contribution to the excellent debate that my hon. Friend the Member for Fareham (Suella Fernandes) secured.


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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