I am backing a Government campaign to save the pub by the introduction of a new Code of Practice and a powerful new Adjudicator. The proposals will put in place a fairer system that stops pub companies abusing the beer tie and makes sure that tied pubs are no worse off than free-of-tie pubs. As well as being able to complain to a powerful Adjudicator for the first time, tied pubs would also be...
I have called on local schools to take part in My Money Week (3 to 9 June), giving pupils the chance to learn more about money and personal finance. Every primary and secondary school in Henley is being given the chance to take part for free in My Money Week, which has returned for its fifth year thanks to a new partnership between national charity pfeg (Personal Finance Education Group) and...
I have welcomed the report published by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons into Huntercombe Prison following a recent inspection. The report concludes:that 'Huntercombe is an example of a prison that has not been overwhelmed by change. It has embraced the challenge, exploited its strengths and planned effectively.' Huntercombe is a category C prison holding up to 430 males. In 2012 it was...
I was able to raise the question of disabled access lifts at Goring & Streatley station in the House of Commons. The lifts are a key objective of the local disabled group. The intention of raising the issue was to draw attention to it. I presented a petition signed by over 1,000 residents of Goring, Streatley and the surrounding villages and spoke briefly about the subject. Altogether a...
New official statistics released by Network Rail show a 67 per cent drop in the total number of cable thefts over the past year, following new measures to tackle this type of crime. The figures show that there has also been a 54 per cent reduction in disruption to passenger journeys, which means just over 3,000 fewer hours of delays to hard-working people this year compared to the previous year....
I was immensely sadenned by the news of the death of Margaret Thatcher. Our thoughts must firstmost be with her family and friends. A lot has been written about the contribution she made to this country and in particular the optimism she created. I remember her time as Prime Minister very clearly; it was when my own political ambitions were born and I proudly assisted in one of her projects –...
Around 37,770 people in the Henley constituency are benefitting from the biggest income tax cut in a generation this April. On 6th April, Conservatives in Government are increasing the amount of money people can earn before paying any income tax to £9,440. 24 million people across Britain will pay up to £600 less income tax this year than in 2010. An estimated 3,181 people who live in the...
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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