17 JAN 2019

Comment in debate on children's social care

John Howell (Henley) (Con)

Is my hon. Friend as worried as I am about the patchy way in which children are brought into the decisions being made about themselves?

Tim Loughton

My hon. Friend raises a very good point. There is certainly differential practice and this is an important issue. In my time in the Department for Education, we were really keen, as subsequent Ministers have been, that children in the care system should be at the heart of the considerations of what is best for them, but they actually have quite a good idea of what is best for them as well, so it is really important that they are brought into the decision-making process.

In my time as Minister, I made sure that every local authority in the country—with the exception of the City of London and the Isles of Scilly, where there were no children in care—had a children in care council, made up of children in the care system speaking directly to directors of children's services and councillors about their experiences. I am really pleased that the Government have decided not to do away with independent reviewing officers, who are that important link, consulting children face-to-face and feeding into their care plans.


17 JAN 2019

Holocaust Memorial Day

This week I signed the Holocaust Educational Trust's Book of Commitment, in doing so pledging my commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people today.

Holocaust Memorial Day is marked annually on 27th January, the anniversary of the liberation of the former Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

In the lead up to and on Holocaust Memorial Day, thousands of commemorative events will be arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations across the country, remembering all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. The theme for this year's commemorations is 'Torn from Home'.

After signing the Book of Commitment, I commented:

"Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity for people from the Henley constituency and across the country to reflect on the tragic events of the Holocaust. As the Holocaust moves from living history, to 'just' history, it becomes ever more important that we take the time to remember the victims and also pay tribute to the survivors. I would encourage my constituents to show their support for such an important day. It is important to remember not just that the victims were killed but the horrible way in which they were killed."

Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said:

"The Holocaust did not start in the gas chambers but with hate filled words. Our mission is to educate young people from every background about the Holocaust and its contemporary relevance. We are very grateful to John for signing the Book of Commitment, signalling a continued commitment to remembering the victims of the Holocaust as well as challenging antisemitism, prejudice and bigotry in all its forms."


17 JAN 2019

Comment in debate on Guildford Local Plan

John Howell (Henley) (Con)

My hon. Friend may be aware that Guildford has run into difficulties with many villages over the production of neighbourhood plans. My intervention is just to tell him that I too am aware of that, in my role as Government champion for neighbourhood planning, and I am dealing with the problem.

Sir Paul Beresford

I thank my hon. Friend; I think Guildford council, with its behaviour and reputation, will keep him rather busy.

By definition, the surroundings of those villages cannot have a building of any significant height or density. The number of homes per acre of footprint must be low. I wish to concentrate on just two specific areas, the village of Send and the Wisley site, as examples of what this draft local plan would mean if implemented. Both feed on to the A3, which feeds to Guildford to the south, London to the north and the M25 via junction 10. The A3 is overloaded at peak times, and junction 10 is the worst junction on the M25 for delays, heavy traffic and accidents. In recognition of that, Highways England is proceeding through the rigmarole of extending and developing the junction. However, its work will merely enable the better management of the current traffic flow. I believe that Highways England has not factored in, or has not been able to factor in, the increase that would come from the developments proposed for Send and Wisley, and others. Neither Send nor Wisley has a railway station.


17 JAN 2019

Contribution to debate on bioethanol industry

John Howell (Henley) (Con)

I want to know—the hon. Gentleman might be coming on to this—whether he has done a calculation of the effect on the savings on air pollution that these fuels will have. Maybe he could tell us what that is.

Nic Dakin

I will come on to that in due course. If the hon. Gentleman can be patient, I will come to it when I come it.


16 JAN 2019

Debate on long term capital

John Howell (Henley) (Con)

Has my hon. Friend looked at how many countries have a means of producing long-term capital, and at what sort of competitive advantage our having one would give us as a result?

Stephen Kerr

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that timely intervention. That is the very point I will come on to. Let us examine the critical reason for our lack of national productivity, again comparing investment in our economy with that of the world's leading economies. A good indicator is the level of gross fixed capital formation as percentage of GDP, which is the value of the acquisitions of new or existing fixed assets in the economy less the disposal of fixed assets. It is just a single measure.

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John Howell

My hon. Friend is being very generous with his time. He may be about to come on to the digital industry. It is a major industry and such a fundamental part of our economy, and it needs investment, as I know from my own costs when I ran a company involved in that area.

Stephen Kerr

Anyone would think that my hon. Friend and I were working in some form of symbiosis, because the very next thing I wanted to say was that the need for investment is never more pertinent than in the technology sector, in which large American corporations invest speculatively and then buy companies when they reach a sufficient level of development. One reason that so many British businesses go that way is that they reach a stage where their access to affordable long-term capital dries up. This is not just about start-ups but about how a business accesses capital to be able to invest in new assets or capabilities.


16 JAN 2019

Debate on business rates and pubs

John Howell (Henley) (Con)

I fully understand the point that my hon. Friend is making about business rates. I wonder whether she has calculated how much of the problem that pubs have is due to a change in drinking habits and why we go to pubs, and how much of it is actually due to business rates.

Mrs Main

I have not calculated that, but if my hon. Friend waits for the rest of my speech, he will hear how the huge hikes in business rates mean that pubs would have to sell so many extra drinks that they cannot possibly make up for those hikes. The fact that some people are declining to go to our pubs is one issue, but I am talking about successful, thriving pubs.

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John Howell

Does my hon. Friend agree that there should be some business rate relief when a pub has been bought under the asset of community value scheme?

Mrs Main

Actually, we have tried to save pubs under the asset of community value scheme, and we have not been successful in St Albans, because the developer wins every time. I can see the point that my hon. Friend is making, but I am not going to take a diversion down too many tracks about the price of beer and community assets. Pubs and businesses in my constituency want a fair system that does not, as the hon. Member for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow (Dr Cameron) has said, discriminate against a business because it is located in a high-value area.


16 JAN 2019

Question for Health questions

John Howell (Henley) (Con)

 What steps he is taking to improve the diagnosis and treatment for patients with rare diseases and cancer. [908567]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (Steve Brine)

Our much-mentioned new plan sets out the clear ambition to diagnose three quarters of all cancers at an early stage—up from half today.

John Howell

The blood cancer charity Bloodwise launched its "Hear our voice" report in Parliament last week. Will the Minister ensure that NHS England works with the charity to ensure that blood cancer is included in the 75% target?

Steve Brine

Yes, I will. I spoke at the launch of Bloodwise's excellent report at its parliamentary reception last week. I have been clear since the new ambition was announced that the 75% target applies to all cancers, and we will not achieve it unless we focus on harder-to-diagnose cancers, such as blood cancer


15 JAN 2019

My open letter on tonights vote

An Open Letter

Dear all

15 January 2019

I am writing this open letter to make it clear that I shall be supporting the Prime Minister tonight in the vote on the Withdrawal Agreement and to set out my reasons.

I have listened carefully to the many differing views of constituents, to the debate in the House over recent days, and I have also thought very carefully about the issue for myself. There are a number of reasons why I have come to my decision.

At the Referendum I voted Remain and I would do so again if we had another Referendum. I lost the argument at the Referendum and we have to implement the results which flowed from it.

In this deal we have a compromise between the UK and the EU that takes us out of the EU after a transition period of two years. The bulk of the criticism of the deal, and what is seen as a continuing relationship with the EU, applies to this two-year period.

The Withdrawal Agreement does ensure that we take back control of our laws, borders and money, an end to free movement, the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice coming to a close and after the £39 billion has been paid vast budget payments to the EU ending once and for all. We will also be out of the Common Agriculture Policy and the Common Fisheries Policy. EU and UK citizens will have their rights protected, including for healthcare and pensions. We will be able to negotiate our own international trade deals.

The problem is the Irish Backstop. The issue we face comes down to making sure that we are not trapped in the Irish Backstop forever and that we have our own ability to come out of it. Since the EU does not want us to have a Backstop and, we believe it will never be used, it is difficult to see why the EU is being obdurate about it. But the letter produced this week by the Attorney General and the clarification that has been sought from the EU has given me comfort that we will not be kept in a Backstop, even if we do enter it, forever.

I have always said that I am happy to go with the deal as it provides a good foundation for the future. The movement in relation to the Backstop convinces me that we should not look at this through endless mistrust of the EU and I will support it.

I do not want a no deal exit from the EU. This is not about whether we can survive on WTO terms of trade. It is about bringing to a successful conclusion to all the issues which will have no solution if we leave without a deal. The £39 billion set out in the Agreement that we will pay the EU is not a sum plucked from the air but has been calculated carefully.

People have said I should think of the country rather than my Party or myself. I assure you that this is exactly what I have been doing. The view of what is in the best interests of the country does not lie with one group or one person. We all have different views of that and it is to exercise my judgement on an issue such as this that I was elected.

In voting the way that I intend to do I believe that I am voting in the best interests of the country. If the deal is accepted there will still be a long way to go but it will be a critical step forward to an ordered Brexit.

In addition, some have tried to argue that I am mandated to vote in a certain way by their claim that the constituency voted a particular way in the Referendum. The view of how the constituency voted is entirely a matter of statistical analysis since the way the vote was counted did not include the constituency at all. This was a national vote. An MP is not a delegate who can be mandated to vote in a particular direction.

I do not accept that people did not know what they were voting for during the Referendum or that the regrettable way in which the Referendum was conducted at all influenced the result. In addition, there is no link at all between voting for or against the Agreement and a "Peoples Vote" or remaining in the EU. It is not a case of "either/or". The options and the permutations are far more complex than that.

John Howell OBE MP

Member of Parliament for the Henley constituency


11 JAN 2019

Speech in debate on EU Withdrawal Agreement

John Howell (Henley) (Con)

  It is a great pleasure to follow the hon. Member for East Lothian (Martin Whitfield), who is my honourable friend from the Council of Europe. This is only the fourth time that I have spoken in a Brexit-related debate. It is not the fourth time I have spoken in any debate, and it is important to point out that we continue to participate in things that are going on as part of normal business. By speaking only in four Brexit-related debates I have not been ignoring Brexit, but for the reasons set out by my right hon. Friend the Member for Mid Sussex (Sir Nicholas Soames), in his fundamentally excellent speech at the beginning of this debate, I have been concerned by the language being used, and by the lack of respect for anyone who puts forward a contrary view, both in this place and outside. We have all seen Twitter feeds that have characterised that lack of respect.

My view on this process has been sorely tested, and a major turnoff for the British people comes from the humiliation of the Prime Minister and the British people by the European Commission. That humiliation followed the treatment of David Cameron when he tried to change the European Union. Are we surprised by that at all? We need only to think back to a Council of Europe meeting at which a pro-remain Member of this House questioned Mr Juncker, who was there as the equivalent of a visiting Head of State, about how he was going to handle the budget for the European Commission. To paraphrase his words, she was told to "mind her own business." We had to remonstrate with him to get him to come back and answer the question. That lack of interest in and that arrogance about the whole matter have sorely tested my faith in the deal.

My approach to the Irish backstop is to look at it in terms of risk. If it is so unwanted by the European Union and we are so sure we will not use it ourselves, one has to ask why it is there in the first place. However, I fully accept, having assessed the risk, that the likelihood of our using it is so remote as to be almost infinitesimal.

Similarly, I do not believe a no-deal Brexit is all about WTO rules. In fact, I do not believe WTO rules are the principal reason for wanting a deal. The principal reason for wanting a deal is to bring to a close the 40-plus years for which we have had a relationship with the European Union—to ensure that we know how to deal with all those things that are hanging over the edge, such as legal cases, charging mechanisms and so on.

The Archbishop of Canterbury may, according to press reports, have changed his view about the need for a people's vote, but I have not. For reasons that have already been set out, I do not think a new people's vote is a good thing. In putting forward an alternative vision of what we need to do beyond Brexit-related issues, I am very keen to ensure that we are still players in Europe. We will do that by giving more credibility to the Council of Europe and our involvement in it. Why should we do that? There is one very good reason: our leaving the EU does not mean a bonfire of workers' rights—they are protected by a 1961 treaty, which the Council of Europe brought in and we signed.

 


11 JAN 2019

Intevention in debate on Oxford-MK-Cambridge Expressway

John Howell (Henley) (Con)

I hear what the hon. Lady is saying on this matter. I would like to pay some tribute to the Liberal Democrats, because this project started life in 2015 in a Department for Transport paper that was signed off by Baroness Kramer and Norman Baker, as well as Conservative Ministers. But does she accept the point of view of the Labour council in Oxford that this is a way of reducing the traffic that goes round Oxford?

Layla Moran

I am grateful for the hon. Gentleman's intervention. I will deal with that point later, but no, I do not.


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Constituency support

Numerous appearances on BBC radio Oxford, BBC TV, ITV Meridien

Various subjects but mainly the Brexit vote

Regular surgery Benson 18 January 2019

Attended

Oxfordshire company problem 18 January 2019

Attended

Oxfordshire Lowland Search & Rescue 18 January 2019

Attended

Digital currency award of £10,000 to collegaue 16 January 2019

Attended

Holocaust Memorial signing 14 January 2019

Attended

Adjournment debate on Europa school 10 January 2019

Conducted

Chinnor Rugby Football Club meeting 21 December 2018

Attended

Guide Dogs event at House of Commons 19 December 2018

Attended

BBC Radio Oxford, Berkshire and others Various dates

Broadcasts

Thame Cricket pavilion opening 16 December 2018

Attended

Conversation in the street Thame 15 December 2018

Conducted

Henley Royal Mail visit 14 December 2018

Attended

Formal surgery Henley 14 December 2018

Speaking to Henley College students 14 December 2018

Attended

Spirit of Christmas concert for Muscular Dystrophy 13 December 2018

Attended

Christmas Tree Festival Watlington 8 December 2018

Attended

Dorchester School 7 December 2018

Attended

ITV Meridien The Last Word 6 December 2018

Broadcast

Met Shiplake College Students 5 December 2018

Attended

Chaired Nuclear Fusion APPG 3 December 2018

Attended

Watlignton Christmas Fair 1 December 2018

Attended

Benson Christmas Fair 1 December 2018

Attended

Health chiefs meeting 30 November 2018

Attended

Meeting with Highways England re Expressway

Attended

Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund meeting 29 November 2018

Attended

Oratory Prep School talk 24 November 2018

Attended

Ministerial visit to Townlands 15 November 2018

Attended

Chaired River Thames APPG 14 November 2018

Attended

Chaired APPG on Alternative Dispute Resolution 12 November 2018

Attended

APPG on Policing 12 November 2018

Attended

ITV Meridien News 6 November 2018

Broadcast

Meeting with Schools Minister 6 November 2018

Attended

Townlands War Plaque Unveiling 2 November 2018

Attended

Meeting Parish Councils Gallowstree Common 2 November 2018

Attended

Surgery Henley 2 November 2018

Checkendon World War 1 exhibition 1 November 2018

Attended

BBC Radio Oxford 30 October 2018

Broadcast

ITV Meridien News 29 October 2018

Broadcast

Checkendon WWI exhibition 26 October 2018

Opend and attended

Meeting Oxford Health 26 October 2018

Attended

Macmillian 24 October 2018

Attended

Councillors surgery Henley 18 October 2018

Attended

Lifeboats stand Henley 18 October 2018

Attended

Conversation in the street Henley 18 October 2018

Conducted

Surgery Watlington on Police 20 October 2018

Attended

Formnal Surgery in Chinnor 19 October 2018

Constituent in Nettlebed 19 October 2018

Attended

Woodcote Parish Council 19 October 2018

Attended

Clifton Hampden travellers 19 October 2018

Attended

Sue Ryder Women of Achievement 18 October 2018

Attended

Relaunch of MAST Culham 18 October 2018

Attended

Council of Europe Strasbourg 7 - 12 October 2018

Attended

Thames Valley Police 50th Party 5 October 2018

Attended

Conservative Party Conference 30 September - 3 October 2018

Attended

Chinnor RFC Business Lunch 28 September 2018

Attended

Council of Europe, Lisbon 23-24 September 2018

Attended

National Land Access Centre Aston Rowant 14 September 2018

Attended

Holocaust Memorial Day Trust 12 September 2018

Attended

Henley Show 8 September 2018

Attended

Surgery Dorchester on Thames 7 September 2018

Visit to Project Swift, Culham 7 September 2018

Attended

Meeting with SOHA 7 September 2018

Attended

Meeting with GWR and Network Rail 6 September 2018

Attended

Breast Cancer wear it pink 5 September 2018

Attended

Surgery with Chris Grayling 4 September 2018

Attended

Bloodwise event 4 September 2018

Attended

Regatta for the disabled 1 September 2018

Conducted

Conversation in the street Roke 25 August 2018

Conducted

Day out with the police in Henley 24 August 2018

Attended

BBC South Today TV 24 August 2018

Interviewed on planning

Conversation in the street 23 August 2018

Conducted

Oxford airport 22 August 2018

Attended

Chinnor Community Awards 21 August 2018

Attended

Meeting with constituent 21 August 2018

Attended

RSPB Otmoor 21 August 2018

Attended

Thame Community Market 21 August 2018

Attended

Conversation in the street Thame 20 August 2018

Conducted

Conversation in the street Henley 20 August 2018

Conducted

Visit to Martin Baker 17 AUgust 2018

Attended

Conversation with NHS Property Services 17 August 2018

Attended

Conversation in the street Weston on the Green 18 August 2018

Conducted

Conversation in the street Thame 18 August 2018

Conducted

Conversation in the street Benson 16 August 2018

Conducted

Conversation in the street Wheatley 16 August 2018

Conducted

Conversation in he street Henley 16 August 2018

Conducted

Chinnor Heritage Train 15 August 2018

Attended

Conversation in the street Henley 7 August 2018

Conducted

Meeting Thame Leisure complex 7 August 2018

Attended

Visit to Moreton 7 August 2018

Attended

Meeting with SODC 6 August 2018

Attended

Conversation in the street Chinnor 6 August 2018

Conducted

Convesration in the street Thame 6 August 2018

Conducted

Conversation in the street Thame 2 August 2018

Conducted

Conversation in the street Little Milton 2 August 2018

Conducted

Conversation in the street Watlington 1 August 2018

Conducted

Conversation in the street Sonning Common 1 August 2018

Conducted

Conversation in the street Henley 1 August 2018

Conducted

Conversation in the street Benson 1 August 2018

Conducted

Meeting at Weston on the Green 30 July 2018

Conducted

Convesration in the street Thame 30 July 2018

Conducted

Chequers Agreement meeting with Conservatives 26 July 2018

Chaired

Conversation in the street Henley 26 July 2018

Conducted

Conversation in the street Watlington 26 July 2018

Conducted

Conversation in the street Henley 25 July 2018

Conducted

Meeting with Justin Tomlinson MP re. CMS 24 July 2018

Attended

Visit to Henley Literary Festival stand 22 July 2018

Attended

Gillotts end of term concert 19 July 2018

Attended

Surgery Benson 20 July 2018

Age UK meeting 20 July 2018

Attended

Meeting SODC 20 July 2018

Attended

Braodband launch Maidensgrove 20 July 2018

Attended

'Conversation in the street' Thame 19 July 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Benson 19 July 2018

Conducted

Initiated debate on Russia and the Council of Europe 18 July 2018

Attended

Chaired APPG on ADR 17 July 2018

Attended

Meeting with Esther McVey 16 July 2018

Attended

Royal International Air Tattoo 14 July 2018

Attended

BBC Politics Show 13 July 2018

Recorded

Meeting Head Langtree Woodcote 13 July 2018

Attended

RAF Benson School 13 July 2018

Attended

Laid a cross for Richard Hewer 8 July 2018

Attended

Israel Leadership Dialogue 6-9 July  2018

Attended

Beating Retreat Ambrosden 30 June 2018

Attended

Nettlebed fete 30 June 2018

Attended

'Conversation in the street' in Thame 30 June 2018

Attended

Tetsworth fete 30 June 2018

Attended

Council of Europe, Strasbourg 24 June - 29 June 2018

Attended

Meteor choir, Henley 23 June 2018

Attended

'Conversation in the street' Henley 23 June 2018

Conducted

Home Educators 22 June 2018

Attended

Church House meeting re schools 22 June 2018

Attended

Crowmarsh school Pearson Teaching Awards 22 June 2018

Attended

Meeting constitiuent Henley 22 June 2018

Attended

NHS meeting Townlands 22 June 2018

Attended

Little Milton fete 16 June 2018

Attended

Message in a bottle, Henley 16 June 2018

Attended

Shiplake School 15 June 2018

Visited

'Conversation in the street' Thame 15 June 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Benson 15 June 2018

Conducted

Thame Carnival 9 June 2018

Attended

Horspath hub award 9 June 2018

Attended

Blue Plaque event Benson 9 June 2018

Attended

Great Milton fete 9 June 2018

Attended

Thame Conversation in the street 9 June 2018

Conducted

Henley Bridge Rotary 8 June 2018

Spoke

Surgery Watlington 8 June 2018

HR Wallingford meeting 8 June 2018

Attended

OXPIP meeting 8 June 2018

Attended

Dinner on Legal Certainty 6 June 2018

Chaired

Whitchurch Fete 26 May 2018

Attended

Thame Comversation in the street 26 May 2018

Conducted

Henley Conversation in the street 26 May 2018

Conducted

Whirchurch Conversation in the street 26 May 2018

Conducted

Beckley Primary School 25 May 2018

Attended

Hampshire councils Neighbourhood Planning 24 May 2018

Attended

RAF Benson evening 24 May 2018

Attended

Meeting with Vertex re Cystic Fibrosis 23 May 2018

Attended

Bladder Cancer 19 May 2018

Walked

DADS attendance 19 May 2018

Attended

Cuddesdon Fete 19 May 2018

Attended

Pyrton Fete 19 May 2018

Attended

St Andrews Road Street Party Henley 19 May 2018

Attended preparations

Meeting constituent from Kirtlington 18 May 2018

Attended

Meeting constituent Weston on the Green 18 May 2018

Attended

Meeting constituent from Nettlebed 18 May 2018

Attended

Westminster Social Policy Forum 17 May 2018

Chaired

Design Skills Roundtable 16 May 2018

Chaired

Royal Garden Party Buckingham Palace 15 May 2018

Attended

MP Cricket Academy launch of ground 13 May 2018

Attended

Kingston Blount Street Fayre 12 May 2018

Attended

'Converstion in the street' in Thame 12 May 2018

Conducted

Open meeting in Sonning Common 11 May 2018

Attended

'Converstion in the street' in Henley 11 May 2018

Conducted

South Stoke May fair 7 May 2018

Attended

Henley May fair 7 May 2018

Attended

Chalgrove May fair 7 May 2018

Attended

Eye and Dunsden Village Hall 5 May 2018

Attended and unveiled statue

Chinnor Rugby Club lunch 5 May 2018

Attended

Surgery Benson 4 May 2018

Thame Fire Station 4 May 2018

Attended

Meeting MIGGS group Goring 4 May 2018

Attended

'Conversations in the street' in Thame 4 May 2018

Conducted

Meeting Oxford-MK-Cambridge Expressway with Iain Stewart MP 3 May 2018

Attended and chaired

Organised meeting between small schools in the constituency and Minister 30 April 2018

Attended

Thame Conversations in the street 28 April 2018

Conducted

Sonning Common Conversations in the street 28 April 2018

Conducted

Council of Europe 22-27 April

Attended

Keynote speech RTA Reading 19 April 2018

Attended

Marginalised Young People and Brexit 18 April 2018

Attended

Surgery Thame 13 April 2018

Visit to Labrokes re Grand National charity offering 13 April 2018

Attended

Meeting Crown Sydenham 13 April 2018

Attended

Meeting with NFU, Beltchingdon 13 April 2018

Attended

'Conversation in the street' Henley 12 April 2018

Conducted

BBC Oxford Townlands parking 12 April 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Henley 11 April 2018

Conducted

Constituent Dorchester on Thames 11 April 2018

Attended

Thame Neighbourhood Plan 11 April 2018

Attended

Coffee morning Tiddington 11 April 2018

Attended

BBC South Today 11 April 2018

Conducted

BBC Berkshire broadcast on Townlands parking 10 April 2018

Conducted

BBC Berkshire broadcast on Townlands parking 9 April 2018

Conducted

Air Ambulance visit 9 April 2018

Attended

'Conversation in the street' Henley 9 April 2018

Conducted

BBC television broadcast on crime 9 April 2018

Conducted

Sue Ryder meeting 9 April 2018

Attended

'Conversations in the street' Shipton on Cherwell, Thrupp, Kirtlington, Blethcingdon, Islip 7 April 2018

Conducted

Re-opening of Maharajah's well Stoke Row 7 April 2018

Attended

Nettlebed Parish Council exhibition 7 April 2018

Attended

'Conversation in the street' Islip 6 April 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Stanton St John 6 April 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Beckley 6 April 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Charlton on Otmoor 6 April 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Thame 6 April 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Sandford on Thame 5 April 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Clifton Hampden 5 April 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Ewelme 5 April 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Henley 4 April 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Shiplake 4 April 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Chinnor 4 April 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Henley 3 April 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Warborough 3 April 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Thame 3 April 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Horspath 3 April 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Henley 31 March 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Kidmore Emd 31 March 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Chalgrove 31 March 2018

Conducted

'Comversation in the street' Thame 31 March 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Thame 30 March 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Watlington 30 March 2018

Conducted

Pyrton Daffodil tea 25 March 2018

Attended

'Conversation in the street' Woodcote 24 March 2018

Conducted

Surgery Woodcote 24 March 2018

GWR Public Meeting Henley 23 March 2018

Attended and chaired

Stonor Park Tourism Week 23 March 2018

Attended

River & Rowing Museum Toursim Week 23 March 2018

Attended

Steve McManus Townlands Hospital 23 March 2018

Attended

'Conversation in the street' Tetsworth 17 March 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Thame 17 March 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Dorchester 17 March 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Whitchurch 17 March 2018

Conducted

Trinity School Henley 16 March 2018

Attended

Cystic Fibrosis sufferer meeting 16 March 2018

Attended

'Conversation in the street' Thame 15 March 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Little Milton 15 March 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Sonning Common 15 March 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Stoke Row 15 March 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Benson 15 March 2018

Conducted

Countryfile broadcast 10 March 2018

Broadcast

Convesration in the street Kirtlington 10 March 2018

Condcuted

Conversation in the street Weston on the Green 10 March 2018

Conducted

Fire Station Goring 10 March 2018

Attended

Conversation in the street Goring 10 March 2018

Conducted

Conversation in the street Henley 10 March 2018

Conducted

Reaction Engines Culham 9 March 2018

Attended

Henley College meeting 9 March 2018

Attended

Surgery Highmoor 9 March 2018

Meeting with Matt Hancock 7 March 2018

Attended

Chaired APPG for Fusion 6 March 2018

Attended and chaired

Ban the Shock Collar event 6 March 2018

Attended

Hosted delegation of Canadian MPs 5 March 2018

Hosted

Conversation in the street Henley 3 March 2018

Conducted

Conversation in the street Thame 3 March 2018

Conducted

Conversation in the street Benson 2 March 2018

Conducted

Benefit to Society 28 February 2018

Attended

Cystic Fibrosis roundtable 28 February 2018

Attended

Homes England meeting 27 February 2018

Attended

Woodstock Neighbourhood Plan 2 exibition 24 February 2018

Attended

Woodstock Convesration in the street 24 February 2018

Conducted

Thame Conversation in the street 24 February 2018

Conducted

Henley Conversation in the street 24 February 2018

Conducted

Tadcaster visit re Neighbourhood Planning 23 February 2018

Attended and spoke

BBC Radio Oxford 19 February 2018

Broadcast on buses

Conversation in the street Henley 17 February 2018

Conducted

Conversation in the street Thame 17 February 2018

Conducted

Surgery Chinnor 16 February 2018

Oxfordshire Better Broadband meeting 16 February 2018

Attended

Conversation in the street Henley 16 February 2018

Conducted

Meeting constituent Preston Crowmarsh 16 February 2018

Attended

Nettlebed Post Office Meeting 15 February 2018

Attended

Conversation in the street Henley 15 February 2018

Conducted

Meeting OMEGA 15 February 2018

Attended

Conversations in the street Henley 14 February 2018

Condcuted

Christmas Common roads meeting 14 February 2018

Attended

Conversations in the street Wheatley 13 February 2018

Conducted

Wheatley Village Archive 13 February 2018

Attended

'Conversations in the street Watlington' 13  February 2018

Conducted

'Conversations in the street Henley' 13 February 2018

Conducted

'Conversations in the street Henley 12 February 2018

Conducted

'Conversations in the street Thame' 11 February 2018

Conducted

'Conversations in the street Chinnor' 11 February 2018

Conducted

'Conversations in the street Henley' 11 February 2018

Conducted

Swyncombe Snowdrops 10 February 2018

Attended

Thame 9 February 2018

Meeting with constituent

Dorchester on Thames 9 February 2018

Meeting with constituent

Bletchingdon 9 Februarey 2018

Meeting with constituent

Weston on the Green 9 February 2018

Meeting with constituent

BBC Berkshire 9 February 2018

Broadcast on parking

BBC South Today 7 February 2018

Broadcast

Tokamak Energy Ltd 2 February 2018

Visited

Earth Trust 2 February 2018

Attended

Wheatley CofE Primary School 2 February 2018

Attended

ITV Meridian 1 February 2018

The Last Word

Business Meeting Henley 1 February 2018

Attended

Battersea Cats and Dogs Home 31 January 2018

Met

Council of Europe 21-26 January 2018

Attended

Surgery Henley 20 January 2018

Little Milton Neighbourhood Plan 19 January 2018

Attended

Kenton theatre visit 19 January 2018

Visited

Meeting on the 3rd Bridge, Highmoor 18 January 2018

Attended and spoke

Signed Holocaust Remembrance book 16 January 2018

Signed

Meeting Benson Neighbourhood Plan 13 January 2018

Attended

Meeting Cllr Batholomew 13 January 2018

Attended

Meeting Berrick Salome Parish Council 12 January 2018

Attended

Meeting with the Post Office 12 January 2018

Attended

Stoke Row school 12 January 2018

Attended

Meeting with Ukrainian MP 11 January 2018

Attended

Meeting constituent Stanton St John 5 January 2018

Attended

Watlington Neighbourhood Plan meeting 5 January 2018

Attended

Cistic Fibrosis meeting Goring 5 January 2018

Attended

BBC Berkshire 4 January 2018

Broadcast

Visit to Henley Fire Station 3 January 2018

Attended

With Santa in Thame 16 December 2017

Attended

Constituent meeting Merton 15 December 2017

Attended

Jack and the Beanstalk Oxford 14 December 2017

Attended charity performance

Dying to Work 12 December 2017

Attended

Learning how to spin wool Henley 9 December 2017

Attended

Watlington Christmas Tree Festival 9 December 2017

Attended

With the Chinnor Silver Band Thame 9 December 2017

Attended

Muscular Dystrophy concert Henley 7 December 2017

Gave prizes

BBC Berkshire 4 December 2017

Broadcast

BBC South Today 4 December 2017

Filmed

Leukaemia CARE Henley 2 December 2017

Attended

Benson Village Christmas Fayre 2 December 2017

Attended

Watlignton Christmas Street Fair 2 December 2017

Attended

Councillor surgery Thame 2 December 2017

Visited

Wheatley Post Office 1 December 2017

Attended

Wheatley Fire Station 1 December 2017

Attended

Wheatley Merry Bells surgery 1 December 2017

Attended

Cystic Fibrosis Event 29 November 2017

Attended

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust 29 Noveber 2017

Attended

Leonard Cheshire Disability event 29 November 2017

Attended

Henley Music School Competition Shiplake 26 November 2017

Attended and spoke

Bix Art and Craft Show 25 November 2017

Attended

Something Wicked, Henley 24 November 2017

Attended

Henley Business School 24 November 2017

Attended

RT Television 22 November 2017

Broadcast

ITV Meridien 22 November 2017

Broadcast

Watlington Primary School discussion with students 20 November 2017

Attended

Watlington Primary School Road Safety 20 November 2017

Attended

Thame Artists and Makers Fair 18 November 2017

Attended

Henley Market Place Fair 18 November 2017

Attended

Scamps, Benson 17 November 2017

Attended

Wheatley Park School 17 November 2017

Attended

Bletchingdon School 17 November 2017

Attended

Thame Remembrance 12 November 2017

Attended

Visit to Thame Charities Fair 4 November 2017

Visited

Visit to Neighbourhood Plan Exhibition Shiplake 4 November 2017

Visited

Discussion with constituents Henley 4 November 2017

Held

Visit to Ewelme School 3 November 2017

Visited

Visit to Horspath School 3 November 2017

Visited

Visit to Abbeywood School Berinsfield 3 November 2017

Visited

Meeting Thames Valley Air Ambulance 31 October 2017

Held

Surgery Thame 27 October 2017

Meeting with Culham group 27 October 2017

Attended

Meeting with CCG 27 October 2017

Attended and chaired

Bread and Roses Refugees Event 21 October 2017

Attended and spoke

Meeting re seat belts, Kirtlington 20 October 2017

Attended

Dr South's School Islip 20 October 2017

Attended

Langtree School Woodcote 20 October 2017

Attended

Rail Action Group Goring 19 October 2017

Attended

Chinese Delegation re ADR 19 October 2017

Attended and spoke

Childrens Heart Foundation 18 October 2017

Attended

Council of Europe 8- 13 October 2017

Attended

Councillor surgery 7 October 2017

Attended

Friends of the Earth Fayre Thame 7 October 2017

Attended

Thame St Mary's Fayre 7 Ocober 2017

Attended

Henley Literary Festival In conversation with Philippe Sands 6 October 2017

Attended

Chinnor RFC lunch 6 October 2017

Attended

Radio Oxford 6 October 2017

Broadcast

U3A Goring 5 October 2017

Attended

ITV News broadcast 2 October 2017

Undertaken

BBC News broadcast 2 October 2017

Undertaken

Hidden Henley Exhibition 29 September 2017

Attended

Cuxham Parish Council 29 September 2017

Attended

Chiltern Edge School 29 September 2017

Attended

Bishopswood School 29 September 2017

Attended

Benson Parish Council 28 September 2017

Attended

McDonalds 28 September 2017

Attended

Mediation symposium 27 September 2017

Attended

Cuddesdon Parish Council 26 September 2017

Attended

Oxfordshire Mind 26 September 2017

Attended

Airbus Helicopters 25 September 2017

Attended

Dorchester Parish Council 25 September 2017

Attended

Watlington Hoard Event 23 September 2017

Attended

Crowmarsh Neighbourhood Plan Exhibition 23 September 2017

Attended

Surgery Woodcote 23 September 2017

Constituent Chalgrove 22 September 2017

Met

Charlton on Otmoor School 22 September 2017

Attended

Enviornment Agency 20 September 2017

Met

South Stoke School 20 September 2017

Attended

Thame Business Forum 19 September 2017

Attended

Thame Cricket Club 19 September 2017

Attended

Woodcote Parish Council 19 September 2017

Attended

3rd bridge meeting 18 September 2017

Attended

Henley Food Festival 16 September 2017

Attended

Oxon CCG Health Meeting 15 September 2017

Chaired

SELF meeting 14 September 2017

Attended

Thame Mayor's Civic Service 10 Septembr 2017

Attended

Vale House Sandford 10 September 2017

Attended

Henley Show 9 September 2017

Attended

Breast Cancer Wear it Pink 6 September 2017

Attended

Regatta for the Disabled 2 September 2017

Attended

Meeting Prison Officers 23 August 2017

Attended

Meeting County Council 23 August 2017

Attended

Meeting Berinsfield Parish Council 22 August 2017

Attended

Thame Community Market Day 22 August 2017

Attended

Puiblic meeting South Stoke 21 August 2017

Attended and spoke

Meeting with Ewelme Residents 15 August 2017

Attended

Meeting with County Council 15 August 2017

Attended

Surgery Watlington 10 August 2017

Goring Neighbourhood Plan 8 August 2017

Attended

Constituent Goring 8 August 2017

Attended

Meeting GWR and Network Rail 8 August 2017

Attended

Benson Neghbourhood Plan Group 8 August 2017

Attended

Henley surgery 7 August 2017

Attended

Chinnor Parish Council 7 August 2017

Attended

Lighthouse Thame 26 July 2017

Attended

Gillotts School Henley 20 July 2017

Attended music concert

IFAW's Ivory event 18 July 2017

Attended

RIAT 15 July 2017

Attended

Surgery Dorchester on Thames 14 July 2017

Warborough School 14 July 2017

Attended for discussion with students

Meeting with the Police 14 July 2017

Attended

APPG for Dentistry anhd Oral Health 13 July 2017

Attended

BBC Radio 13 July 2017

Broadcast on Euratom

Cancer Research event, Parliament 12 July 2017

Attended

BBC TV 12 July 2017

Broadcast on Euratom

ITV Meridian 12 July 2017

Broadcast on 1st year of Mrs May

BBC Radio Berkshire 11 July 2017

Broadcast on Chiltern Edge School

Alzheimer's Awareness session 11 July 2017

Attended

BBC Radio Oxford 11 July 2017

Broadcast on Chiltern Edge School

Thame Town Music Festival 8 July 2017

Attended

Islip Village Fete 8 July 2017

Attended

Henley Festival 7 July 2017

Attended

Culham Science Centre 7 July 2017

Visited

Culham Show 2017 1 July 2017

Attended

Meeting Oxfordshire Fire Chief 29 June 2017

Attended

Council of Europe 25 June - 27 June 2017

Attended

Ewelme Church Fete 24 June 2017

Attended

Nettlebed Village Fete 24 June 2017

Attended

Tetsworth village fete 24 June 2017

Attended and supported Neighbourhood Plan

Meteor Choir Henley 24 June 2017

Attended and joined in

MP Sports Festival for Thame 23 June 2017

Attended and played

Met heads of Langtree and Gillotts 23 June 2017

Attended

Chaired meeting of Oxfordshire MPs and CCG 23 June 2017

Attended

ITV Meridian broadcast 21 June 2017

Broadcast on the Queen's Speech

NFU Parliamentary Reception 20 June 2017

Attended

BBC Radio Oxford Drive Time 12 June 2017

Broadcast future options of the Conservative Party

BBC Radio Oxord 12 June 2017

 Broadcast on position of Theresa May

Great Milton Village Fete 10 June 2017

Attended

ThameMayor's Dinner 29 April 2017

Attended

Council of Europe 23-27 April 2017

Attended

Thame Museum 10th anniversary 15 April 2017

Attended and spoke

Brakespear's new walks launch 12 April 2017

Attended

Eye and Dundsen meeting meeting 12 April 2017

Attended

Tiddington coffee morning 12 April 2017

Attended

Weston on the Green public meeting 11 April 2017

Attended

High Sheriff valedictory 10 April 2017

Attended

Meeting at Sydenham 7 April 2017

Attended

Meeting re broadband 7 April 2017

Attended

Henley Annual Town meeting 6 April 2017

Presented medals

Inside Out Checkendon 6 April 2017

Attended

Oxford Brookes TV debate 5 April 2017

Attended

Chinnor RFC 1 April 2017

Attended

Surgery Benson 31 March 2017

Riverside Counselling Henley 31 March 2017

Met

Visit to HMP Huntercombe 31 March 2017

Visited

MPs Health meeting with CCG 24 March 2017

Chaired and attended

Broadcast BBC Berkshire 23 March 2017

Broadcast on teror attack

Broadcast BBC Radio Oxford 22 March 2017

Broadcast on terror attack

Broadcast Radio 4 22 March 2017

Broadcast on terror attack

Meeting constituent 17 March 2017

Met

Meeting Green Belt campaigners 17 March 2017

Met and supported

BBC Radio Oxford 17 March 2017

Broadcast on EU nationals

Session with Bishop of Oxford 16 March 2017

Attended

Henley street surgery 11 March 2017

Attended

Visit to constituents in Elsfield 10 March 2017

Attended

Visit to Police 10 March 20017

Attended

World's Biggest Pub Quiz, Sydenham 5 March 2017

Quiz master

Trade Envoy visit to Nigeria 27 February - 1 March 2017

Attended

Dinner Oratory Prep school 25 February 2017

Attended

Meeting with farmers 24 February 2017

Attended

Opened Wheatley Post Office 24 February 2017

Attended

Meeting of the CCG 24 February 2017

Attended

Benson Patients Panel 23 February 2017

Attended

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