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I have welcomed news that crime is falling. Latest figures from the independent Office for National Statistics show that since 2010 recorded crime in the Thames Valley has fallen by 29% - the biggest drop of all forces. The Government is following an action plan to tackle crime by: * Freeing the police to fight crime by cutting red tape and scrapping unnecessary targets * Giving criminals...
The number of unemployed claimants in Henley constituency in June 2014 dropped to 333 – a six year record of unemployment. This is 204 lower than in June 2013 and 38 lower than in May 2014. The number of young people (18-24 years old) claiming JSA also dropped to a total of 15 in Thame and Henley combined. This is absolutely fantastic news and shows our long term economic plan is having a...
I presented Benson Library with two books as part of the campaign, Mythical Maze, run by the Reading Agency. The campaign encourages all primary school children to join their local library, the UK's largest reading for pleasure promotion for primary school children. The two books – The Sleeping Army by Francesca Simon and Lost Treasure of the Emerald Isle by Geronimo Stilton – were presented...
I am supporting a campaign run by the charity The Reading Agency to encourage all primary school children to join their local library and take part in this year's Summer Reading Challenge - the UK's largest reading for pleasure promotion for primary school children. As part of this, John is presenting the newly re-opened Benson Library with two books – The Sleeping Army by Francesca Simon and...
I attended the 'Halfway to World AIDS day' event hosted by the Halve It Coalition and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS. The 'Halfway to World AIDS day' event also showcased the recent launch of the NICE local government briefing on HIV testing and the MEDFASH/Halve It toolkit for local engagement. Professor Kevin Fenton, Public Health England's Director of Health and Wellbeing...
I attended an exhibition in Portcullis House, Westminster, illustrating the development of NATO over 65 years, and promoting the September summit taking place in Wales. The Summit will involve over 70 delegations and help shape NATO as it continues to serve as the bedrock to our security. I am very pleased that we will be hosting this summit in Wales. NATO has been a tower of strength to us...
I welcome the Henley Business Plan as a positive step to bring investment into the town. I particularly single out the need, acknowledged in the plan, for investment in transport infrastructure. This Plan has to work well with the Neighbourhood Plan. I am therefore especially pleased to see the references to the employment sites identified in the Neighbourhood Plan and the need to ensure both...
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.
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