Phone my Constituency Office: 01491 613072
Write to my Constituency Office:
PO Box 84 Watlington
Oxfordshire, OX49 5XD
We will always try to find the quickest and most effective way to help. When you phone my office we will spend a little while with you to try to understand your concern or problem and to make sure that I am the best person to help you. When I am not, we will direct you to your local parish, district or county councillor or the appropriate organisation to help.
Many people think that MPs can solve all problems and have wide powers. Strictly speaking, MPs are there to help with matters for which Parliament or central Government is responsible. For other matters, such as local planning, highways, the day-to-day running of schools, refuse collection, and, housing repairs the appropriate first step is likely to be to contact your parish, district or county councillor.
The District Council is responsible for local services, including planning, housing and associated benefits, rubbish collection. environmental services, leisure services, some car parks and council tax collection.
The County Council is responsible for local services, including education, social services, transport, roads (except trunk roads and motorways), public rights of way, libraries, the fire service, culture, trading standards, bus subsidies, minerals, waste and recycling (disposal) and the environment.
What I cannot deal with includes individual planning applications, private disputes with neighbours, disputes between employee and employer, contractual issues and disputes with retailers. I cannot intervene in legal issues and have no powers to reverse or interfere with decisions of local councils or the courts.
What I can help with includes concerns relating to the NHS, HM Revenue and Customs, the Department of Work and Pensions and other Government departments.
Your Contact Details. When contacting me please provide your full address (including postcode) and a contact number. There is a strict parliamentary protocol that MPs are only able to take up issues on behalf of their own constituents
Details about your problem or concern. If you are asking me to take up a case for you in relation to another organisation, such as a Government department, Jobcentre Plus or the Child Support Agency, please make sure that you provide me with details of any reference number or contact with whom you have been dealing. Please also supply me with copies of any relevant papers.
Contacting third parties. In some cases, and especially where information is regarded as particularly sensitive such as where it relates to medical or financial issues, we may ask you for written permission which allows us to talk to third parties about your case and for them to talk to us. In all but the simplest of cases and particularly where I am asked to refer constituents to organisations such as Legal Aid I will need to satisfy myself that I have the fullest and most accurate picture of your case before taking it forward. This may require asking you additional questions before taking your case up.