14 DEC 2017

Intervention in debate on Sharm el Sheikh

John Howell (Henley) (Con)

Does it not come as a great surprise to my hon. Friend that the ban on flights to Tunisia, which is immediately opposite ISIL- infested beaches in Libya, was lifted, whereas the Sharm el Sheikh ban has not been lifted, although it was British expertise that helped to restore that airport to its current excellent status?

Mr Lord

I agree with my hon. Friend. When the all-party parliamentary group on Egypt, of which the right hon. Member for East Ham and I are co-chairmen, visited the country recently, it was instructive to note that virtually everyone we met was aware of the continuing UK ban. Parliamentarians, Ministers and business people obviously knew that the UK was now encouraging tourism back to Tunisia, and they took it as a bit of an affront that we were not helping Egypt in a similar way. Given that the UK's 25-point plan has been fully implemented, they find it very disappointing that Sharm El Sheikh airport remains closed to UK flights. The UK is now unique in being the only European country to operate such a ban: every other country in the EU allows flights to Sharm El Sheikh. The ban has had a significant economic impact on the resort's tourist economy, which is highly reliant on the UK tourism trade. Hotels are operating at only 35% of capacity.


13 DEC 2017

Speech on quality in the built environment

John Howell (Henley) (Con)

It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Ryan. I offer my congratulations to my hon. Friend the Member for Bury St Edmunds (Jo Churchill) on securing the debate. She covered in great detail and with great aplomb the snagging problems that arise with individual homes.

I want to take us back a stage in the process. I do not want to see the built environment characterised by little boxes or rabbit hutches, nor do I want to see it characterised by little boxes and rabbit hutches that are badly built. In around 2011, I was one of those here who was responsible for introducing neighbourhood planning as a means of dealing with that. Neighbourhood planning has become very well known for giving communities a say over where housing should go, but it is less well known that they have the right also to comment on what those buildings should look like.

The reason we have a large number of rabbit hutches and little boxes is that house builders largely go about the building of their houses on their own, with no influence from the communities in which they operate. A great deal of influence from communities would be of great advantage to the people who will live in those houses and to the communities, because of the overall impression they create, as well as to the house builders, who would produce exactly what someone wants.

That deals a bit with the big picture stuff. I completely agree that there is still a need to get the details of the housing right, but I want to continue on that in my role as co-chair of the all-party parliamentary design and innovation group. That is particularly relevant to the points I made about the use of neighbourhood planning for people to decide what sort of houses they want to get involved with.

I was very pleased to see that the Design Council has produced a guide to neighbourhood planning. When a body such as the Design Council gets involved in neighbourhood planning, it represents a significant shift in the attitude of communities to taking advantage of the principles we set out in neighbourhood planning, to talk about and have influence over the design aspects of what they are trying to include in their neighbourhood plan. Having some influence on design and being able to participate in the design process is fundamental to the success of the neighbourhood planning process.

Mrs Miller

My hon. Friend is right to bring up the issue of design. Does he share my concern at how often new houses and new settlements are designed without any thought for disabled people who might live in those settlements? At the moment, an office block is being converted into a new community in my constituency. The local authority is not able to insist on disabled access in that office block because it is a conversion, which means the rules on disabled access do not apply.

John Howell

My right hon. Friend raises an interesting point. The conversion of buildings is largely permitted development, and therefore the community has no ability to get into that. I go back to my fundamental point, which is that the community's involvement in the process at the beginning should take account of what will be required for disabled people. That should feed into the design parameters that should be being discussed with the house builders, to get the design of the house right.

I echo the Design Council's comment that embedding good design in a neighbourhood plan is crucial. The sad thing is that very few neighbourhood plans include design. They are mostly concerned with where the housing should go, and they do not look at design. Even within my constituency, there is a community that forgot to look at design criteria when producing its neighbourhood plan. Later, when it tried to object to a particular design format being used for an area, it did not have anything to rely on to make that change. It is of no consequence to that community now that it missed the boat, but that serves as a good lesson for communities looking at producing a neighbourhood plan that they should include some design features.

Overall, I completely agree with my hon. Friend the Member for Bury St Edmunds in her concentration on problems with individual houses, but I urge communities to go back one stage in the process. They need to include design in their neighbourhood plan and ensure they have really got to grips with what they want to see, so that they can influence the type and design of buildings from the outset.


13 DEC 2017

Monthly unemployment figures

My assessment of the monthly figures on unemployment published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

  • There are 325,000 more people in work than this time last year.
  • Youth unemployment is down 416,000 since 2010.
  • 182,000 fewer people are unemployed than this time last year.

Let's look at the quality of the jobs which these ONS figures state have been created. All of the increase in employment in the last year has come from full-time employment. Full-time employment is up on the year. Part-time employment is down 12,000 on the year. Over 87 per cent of those in part-time work are working part-time by choice. The number of part-time workers who could not find a full time job fell 153,000 on the year.

Key facts for the Henley constituency:

  • The total number of unemployed claimants in Henley constituency in November 2017 was 275.
  • The number of claimants in the Henley constituency is the same as in October 2017.
  • There were 30 claimants aged 18-24 in November 2017.


12 DEC 2017

Question on animal welfare

John Howell (Henley) (Con)

Does my hon. Friend agree that preventing people who abuse animals from owning animals is a very good thing to include in the Bill?

Zac Goldsmith

I could not agree more with my hon. Friend and I thank him for making that point.

The Secretary of State has said:

"As we leave the European Union there are opportunities for us to go further and to improve... animal welfare".

Of course, he is right. For example—this goes to the point my hon. Friend the Member for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk (John Lamont) was making—as we leave the EU, we will be able to end the live export of animals for slaughter and fattening, which is a grim process for tens of thousands of animals every year. Last year, 3,000 calves were transported from Scotland via Ireland to Spain and over 45,000 sheep were taken from the UK through continental Europe. Under EU single market rules, the UK has not been able to stop that—we have tried, but we have not succeeded. I am thrilled that Ministers have indicated that they are minded to act as soon as we are allowed. If we do, we will be the first European country to do so and will be setting what I hope will become a trend.


12 DEC 2017

Question on Lord Kerslake

Question on Lord Kerslake's resignation from the Kings Hospital Trust

John Howell (Henley) (Con)

What has NHS Improvement said about this, and what has it recommended that King's should do?

Mr Dunne

As I have indicated, the chief executive of NHS Improvement said yesterday that no other trust

"has shown the sheer scale and pace of the deterioration at King's. It is not acceptable for individual organisations to run up such significant deficits when the majority of the sector is working extremely hard to hit their financial plans, and in many cases have made real progress."

That is from the regulator responsible for putting the trust into special measures for now.


12 DEC 2017

My question on the bank levy

John Howell (Henley) (Con)

Is not the important point about the bank levy that we are trying to get a fair contribution paid by the banks, matched against the risk they pose to the whole UK economy?

Mel Stride

My hon. Friend is entirely right, which is why we have generally moved away from a levy on the capital assets of banks as regulation has improved, and towards a tax on the profitability of banks as that profitability has recovered following the events of 2008, which happened on the watch of the last Government. This re-scope forms part of the broader package of reforms announced between 2015 and 2016 that included an 8% surcharge on bank profits over £25 million. The package will help to sustain tax revenues from the banking sector in the long term.


09 DEC 2017

Brexit

As news came in from Brussels yesterday,  I offered my congratulations to the PM for securing a good deal for us over the Brexit negotiations. It is a good compromise on citizens' rights and has established some sound and good principles for the future. Many will not have wanted to leave and like me will have voted in the referendum to remain. That decision was won by those who wnated to Leave and should be upheld.  But this deal sets out some fundamental principles for the way forward and provides the security business and we all need. It allows us to put our energies into getting the right relationship with the EU for the future. It defies the negativiity that has dogged the press and media coverage of this issue.

There are some good concessions from the EU too. In essence they are:

  • UK courts to have final judgement.
  • Future EU spouses subject to UK immigration.
  • Rebate to apply to payments.

For a limited time, our courts will be able to ask the ECJ for a legal view on the law in relation to citizens' rights where there is a point of law that has not arisen before, but only if they wish to do so. The EU have accepted that future EU spouses will be subject to the UK immigration law provisions that apply to non-EU spouses currently. A bill in the range £35-£39 billion is significantly below initial EU estimates and will only be paid when the commitments are due and depend on broader agreement on our future partnership.


07 DEC 2017

Speech on prisons

John Howell (Henley) (Con)

I have three questions for the Minister. First, he has heard our concerns about the quality of the ageing estate and the living conditions of prisoners. What is he going to do about it? My second question relates to the status of the Government's closure plans and the plans to update and replace our ageing prisons. What is he going to do about it? My third is about the impact of the uncertainty over closures on what the prisons are trying to do to update and improve their facilities.

To deal with my first question, the Minister will have seen, as we have, responses from the chief inspector of prisons. He has heard from Members today that in many prisons they have seen that showers and lavatory facilities are filthy and dilapidated and there are no credible or affordable plans for refurbishment. In a report published only a couple of months ago, the chief inspector of prisons said:

"prisoners are held in conditions that fall short of what most members of the public would consider as reasonable or decent".

My first question on what the Government are doing to address that is therefore very relevant.

On my second question, the Minister himself said only a couple of months ago that although his first priority is to ensure public protection and provide accommodation for all those sentenced by the courts, the commitment to close old prisons remains a viable option with which he wishes to continue. I would like to hear some detail about what is happening with that programme. The prison estate transformation programme reconfigured the estate into three functions looking after reception, training and resettlement, and those three are crucial to the better treatment of prisoners. The Ministry was also given £1.3 billion in 2015 as part of the spending review to invest over the next five years to transform the prison estates. What exactly is happening to that, what progress is being made and how is it being dealt with?

As for my third question, on the impact of the uncertainty about closure on prison performance and staff morale, I would echo the comments made by the hon. Member for Lewisham West and Penge (Ellie Reeves) about the visit to Rochester prison. I was unable to go on that visit myself, but it is crucial that the lessons from it are learned. One lesson was, as governors told the Committee, that the decision about investing in maintenance or improving the facilities had not gone ahead since the announcement that the prison would close. As we have heard, the old 1840s prison buildings there are described as "deplorable" and "deteriorating". That has an impact on recruitment, which had been frozen in Rochester, and it proves demoralising to staff.

I think that those three questions are the most pertinent.

Robert Neill

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for raising the Rochester issue. He might like to know that we found on one wing that some 22 showers had been out of operation for months. When we spoke to people there, they said that the nub of the problem was that the facilities management contractors do not see the governors as their client. They see their client relationship being with MOJ's commercial arm. That needs to be got right, because it means that the efforts of governors get nowhere—

Mr Deputy Speaker (Mr Lindsay Hoyle)

Order. Can I be honest? We need shorter interventions. The hon. Gentleman was hoping to get two minutes at the end of the debate; he is eating into that two minutes, and he will understand if he does not get them.

John Howell

I fully accept the point raised by my hon. Friend the Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill), which goes back to what I said about the prison having given up on trying to invest any money in refurbishment or in replacing its ageing facilities. I have already quoted the chief inspector of prisons, who said that the shower and lavatory facilities in many prisons are filthy and dilapidated.

What will the Government do to address our concerns about the quality of the ageing estate? What are they doing about the current programme of reform and estate modernisation? What impact is the uncertainty about closures having both on the prisons themselves and on the lives of prisoners? Those are the three most relevant questions.


07 DEC 2017

Question on moving US Embassy in Israel

John Howell (Henley) (Con)

I completely share the Government's view on this statement by the President of the United States, but I do not believe that it brings the process for a two-state solution to an end. Indeed, I believe it gives greater emphasis to the work that we can carry on to achieve that. Does the Minister agree?

Alistair Burt

As I said earlier, the peace process towards a two-state solution will come to an end only when the parties themselves feel that it cannot go any further. It is vital that we and all our partners—including the United States—reaffirm that commitment to the two-state solution, and do our level best to ensure that it is not lost.


07 DEC 2017

Question on Nigerian agriculture

John Howell (Henley) (Con) 

What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for International Trade on promoting UK agriculture in negotiations on future trade agreements. [902791]

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Michael Gove)

Ministers and officials meet regularly to discuss the promotion of UK agriculture. Only last night I was talking to the Secretary of State for International Trade, to ensure that in the next 12 months we place the promotion of British food at the heart of our joint governmental endeavours.

John Howell

As the Prime Minister's trade envoy to Nigeria, I recently hosted a visit of the Nigerian agriculture Minister to the UK. Does the Secretary of State accept that the UK is leading in innovation and education in agriculture, and that we have a lot to offer that country?

Michael Gove

My hon. Friend has done an outstanding job as trade envoy to one of the fastest growing economies in the world, and there is much that we can do together to improve the transfer of technology between our two countries. Nigeria offers huge opportunities to our exporters, which I know my hon. Friend has done much to help to advance.


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Learning how to spin wool Henley 9 December 2017

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Watlington Christmas Tree Festival 9 December 2017

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Muscular Dystrophy concert Henley 7 December 2017

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BBC Berkshire 4 December 2017

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Leukaemia CARE Henley 2 December 2017

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Councillor surgery Thame 2 December 2017

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Wheatley Post Office 1 December 2017

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Wheatley Merry Bells surgery 1 December 2017

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Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust 29 Noveber 2017

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Leonard Cheshire Disability event 29 November 2017

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Henley Music School Competition Shiplake 26 November 2017

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Bix Art and Craft Show 25 November 2017

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Something Wicked, Henley 24 November 2017

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Henley Business School 24 November 2017

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Watlington Primary School Road Safety 20 November 2017

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Thame Artists and Makers Fair 18 November 2017

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Henley Market Place Fair 18 November 2017

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Scamps, Benson 17 November 2017

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Thame Remembrance 12 November 2017

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Chinese Delegation re ADR 19 October 2017

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Council of Europe 8- 13 October 2017

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Henley Literary Festival In conversation with Philippe Sands 6 October 2017

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Oxfordshire Mind 26 September 2017

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Henley Food Festival 16 September 2017

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Thame Community Market Day 22 August 2017

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Lighthouse Thame 26 July 2017

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Henley Annual Town meeting 6 April 2017

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Oxford Brookes TV debate 5 April 2017

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Henley Standard Christmas Party 15 December 2016

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Gavin Barwell MP 16 November 2016

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Meningitis Now 16 November 2016

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Icknield College Remembrance 11 November 2016

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Family Druig & Alcohol Court 7 November 2016

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Lord William's School meeting 4 November 2016

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Thame judges of GBHS 4 November 2016

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Rainbow Nursery Watliington 28 October 2016

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Age UK meeting 28 October 2016

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Woodcote Parish Council 28 October 2016

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The Last Word ITV 27 October 2016

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Trafalgar Day Seas Cadets 23 October 2016

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Henley Music School 16 October 2016

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Conservative Party conference 2 October - 5 October 2016

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Inauguration of the Bishop of Oxford 30 September 2016

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Chinnor Stroke Club 26 September 2016

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

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Surgery Woodcote 17 September 2016

Henley Heroes reception 17 September 2016

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Holocaust Memorial Reception 14 September 2016

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Farmers - Buy British meeting 14 September 2016

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BBC Radio Oxford 13 September 2016

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The Henley Show 10 September 2016

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UKAEA Apprenticeships 5 September

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Regatta for the Disabled 3 September 2016

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Broadband celebration Cuxham 2 September 2016

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Oxfordshire (Henley) Army Cadets 31 August 2016

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Meeting re Horton hospital 22 August 2016

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Meeting chairman Chalgrove PC 17 August 2016

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Thame Community Market 16 August 2016

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BBC Berkshire 15 August 2016

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Thame Local Plan meeting 4 August 2016

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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

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