I speak in the Chamber of the House of Commons on a regular basis. According to data collected by the site Theywork for you.com I am one of the top 100 most frequent speakers.

In February 2015 I was appointed by the Prime Minister to be his personal trade envoy to Nigeria; a role continued under Mrs May.

In November 2015 I had also been appointed by the Prime Minister to be a delegate to the Council of Europe.  The Council of Europe is not part of the EU but is a separate body of 47 member states set up in 1949. It exists to promote human rights, democracy and the rule of law. One of its statutory bodies is the Parliamentary Assembly, composed of members of the national parliaments of each member state. The best known part of the Council of Europe is the European Court of Human Rights.

In June 2015, I was re-elected to the Justice Select Committee without opposition where I am the EU reporter and act as Deputy Chairman.  I was also appointed by Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, the then Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, to lead on what we can do to speed up the possibilities for Neighbourhood Plans throughout the country. I was additionally asked to be part of a group aiming to simplify local district or Borough plans. Our recommendations have been included in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill and in the Housing White Paper of 2017.

I was invited to be a Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Friends of Israel.  I am a trustee of the Industry and Parliament Trust and its deputy chairman and in 2017 completed a Fellowship in the law. 

In 2015, I was also elected to a number of positions in All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs). APPGs are cross-party groups covering specific areas. The first of these is the Design and Innovation APPG to which I have been elected co-chair. This follows on work I undertook for it before the election. Together with Dr Richard Simmons, I acted as Co-Chair for the Design Commission's Designing Democracy Essay Collection (published March 2015), contributing both a Foreword and an essay on the National Planning Policy Framework. I also became the chairman of the APPG on Alternative Dispute Resolutions and am chairman of the APPG on the River Thames.

I am also a Vice-Chairman for the APPG for Policing and have similar roles with the APPG for Air Ambulances, the APPG for Apprentices, and the APPG for Anglo-Canadian relations amongst others.

In October 2014 I was elected an Executive member of the influential 1922 committee. In September 2012 I was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Leader of the House, the Rt Hon Andrew Lansley CBE.  I stepped down in July 2014.  In June 2010 I had been appointed the PPS to his predecessor, Rt Hon Sir George Young Bt MP and to his Deputy David Heath MP.

Prior to September 2012 I had also additionally been the PPS to Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, the then Minister for Decentralisation and Localism responsible for planning, in order to help steer through Parliament the Localism Bill and the new National Planning Policy Framework which introduced the planning reforms set out in my paper - Open Source Planning.

The Guardian described me as "the architect of the government's planning reforms"

During the 2005-2010 Parliament I was a member of the Shadow Communities and Local Government team under Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP in which role I provided support across a range of issues to shadow ministers.

During the 2005-2010 Parliament I was also the party's champion on child poverty issues.

I have also represened Parliament in the following capacities:

• as a trustee of the Community Development Foundation (until 2010)
• as a Vice-President of the Local Government Association in 2010-2011

In June 2015 I was re-elected a member of the Justice Select Committee. Select committees are cross-party groups of MPs. Those such as the Justice Select Committee which have a remit covering a Whitehall ministry are a vital check on government. I had been a member of the Justice Select Committee in the 2010-2015 Parliament.

During the 2005-10 Parliament I was a member of the influential Work and Pensions select committee which put me at the heart of the debate about the future of the welfare system.

A number of web-sites aim to track what MPs do in Westminster. Although the information collected is partial and inconsistent, the link below will allow access to my speeches and the oral and written questions I have asked.

John Howell MP performance

On this page I have set out some of the areas of my work in Westminster and some of the debates in which I have participated and the Bills with which I have been involved.

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Working with colleagues

Working with Greg Clark MP, as Minister for Decentralisation, Cities and Localism

Raising the Oxfordshire flag with Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government

Working with Sir George Young Bt MP, when Leader of the House

Working with Peter Luff MP, then Minister for Defence

Working with Tony Baldry MP, 2nd Church Estates Commissioner

Working with Richard Benyon MP Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs


Working with Bob Neill MP, when Minister for Communities & Local Government

Working with the Prime Minister