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14 SEP 2014

MP sends off cyclists for OHCT

Across Oxfordshire men, women and children set out to raise money for the upkeep of Oxfordshire's historic churches in the annual 'Ride and Stride' organised under the umbrella of Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust (OHCT). I took time out from a busy day at the Henley Show to send off Robin Fieth and his team of cyclists from Pyrton Church. I was delighted to be asked to come and give my support...

11 SEP 2014

MP to begin tour

I am about to begin my annual tour in the constituency. The tour takes advantage of a lull in proceedings at Westminster while political parties run their conferences. The visits to the towns and villages of the constituency is in addition to the visits I normally makes during the course of the year. It is designed to take the time to explore some of the issues worrying people and those issues...

10 SEP 2014

Spare Room Subsidy

Prompted by a 38 degrees campaign, a number of constituents have recently contacted me concerning the so called 'bedroom tax'. First, there is no such thing as 'the bedroom tax'. This is a term which has been adopted by those opposed to the measure. In April 2013 the Government introduced a reduction in Housing Benefit for those who are receiving benefit for spare bedrooms in the social rented...

04 SEP 2014

Supporting Later Life Ambitions

I was delighted to attend the launch of Later Life Ambitions this week (02.09.14) where I joined over 150 people at the House of Commons to hear about the pressing need to listen to the voice of pensioners. By 2030, there will be almost 13 million people in later life - aged 65 or over. Later Life Ambitions brings together the collective voices of over a quarter of a million pensioners and sets...

04 SEP 2014

The Elms, Thame

I recognise that the issue of the Elms is an important one for many people. What the Neighbourhood Plan does is to allocate the private part of the area for development with a requirement on the developer to undertake landscaping work to improve the public part of the land. One of the leading principles of Neighbourhood Planning is that planning becomes a shared activity between the local...

03 SEP 2014

Labour's plans for more unfunded spending

I have condemned Labour's pledges over the summer for £21 billion more unfunded, inefficient and ineffective spending. New analysis has revealed this would cost working households £1,235 each. This would all have to be paid for by higher taxes or more borrowing, making hardworking taxpayers, and future generations, worse off. While Labour continue to struggle for credibility on the economy new...

03 SEP 2014

Elected to Justice Select Committee

I have been elected to the influential Justice Select Committee of the House of Commons. Following the Wright Committee's reforms to select committees, appointment as a member of a select committee is by election only. I was elected without opposition and will be taking up my post straight away, in addition to my role as Chairman of the 301 Group of Conservative MPs. Select committees are made...

The Henley constituency runs from near the edge of Bicester in the north to the edge of Reading in the south skirting Oxford to the east. It covers some 270 square miles and has around 74,000 voters. It includes some of the area covered by Cherwell District Council and some of the area covered by South Oxfordshire District Council. It is a largely rural constituency with only two major towns - Henley on Thames and Thame. The River Thames defines a large part of the boundary of the constituency.

The Boundary Commission proposals make few changes to the constituency removing no wards and adding three - two from the Banbury constituency and one from the Oxford West and Abingdon constituency.

One of the joys of this constituency is the range of different events and activities with which I am able to be involved. You can access these by going to the map page and then clicking on your own town or village. Many of these events demonstrate the enormous public spirited nature of the people of this area and the generosity in time and money they show to the charity and voluntary sectors. I am pleased to have been able to support many of these activities.

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Conservative Achievements

In line with our vision of the country and the world we are delivering major Conservative achievements. That vision and our values and aims were set out in a booklet entitled Built to Last which was approved by rank and file Conservative members.

Click on the image of Built to Last to be taken  to a page of my web-site to see how these achievements are positively shaping the world in which we live, in line with what party members thought were important priorities.

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I frequently publish a number of  e newsletters to keep members of the constituency who have given me their e mail addresses informed of my activities here and in Westminster. These include newsletters to parish councils and newsletters to the general public.  If you would like to subscribe for any of these please send an e mail to with the word Subscribe in the headline. You will also need to include proof that you are a constituent - the postcode of your house will suffice.

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June 2013