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John Howell: I will support small business Saturday by literally putting small businesses in my constituency on the map on my website. What will the Secretary of State do to improve access to finance and mentoring to ensure that Oxfordshire businesses continue to thrive? Vince Cable: I think we all agree that small business Saturday is a positive, cross-party initiative, and hon. Members on...
I have congratulated three winners of the Lloyds Community Fund. These are: Henley Youth Centre £3000; Nomad Youth & Community Project £300 both based in Henley, and, Path Hill Outdoors Ltd £300 based in Goring Heath. Earlier this year those at Lloyds Banking Group nominated over 4,600 local good causes and worked together to create the shortlist of over 1,500 organisations in nearly 400...
At the meeting on Saturday in Henley with constituents there were a number of points made about the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill. In essence these were: the effect of the Bill on lobbying; the effects of the Bill on charities; the level of civil servants involved; the number of Government amendments made; the registration limits and the...
I met James Wakeham and Riana Relihan on 20 November to discuss Townlands. James is the regional director for NHS Property Services. Riana retains her role as project manager. There were two issues for discussion. In the first place, there was the issue of communication with local stakeholders. James said that this was an area that they were now focusing on and which would improve. Interim...
Rural Crime is an issue that is often raised with me especially by farmers who can see their livelihood destroyed by it. It is also a concern to many parish councils. The term 'rural crime' tends to refer to crime relating to farm land and the countryside rather than domestic crime in rural communities. The most common rural crime is theft of farm machinery which can be a very expensive loss to...
Small and Micro businesses are a key part of the economy of South Oxfordshire and important to our communities. Small Business Saturday on 7th December is a grassroots campaign which is supported across the political spectrum. I am taking the opportunity to help promote local business. In support of Small Business Saturday I have offered to put the first 200 that contact me 'on the map' on my...
I am pleased to say that my suggestion of a Roundtable Discussion has been accepted by 38 Degrees and this will take place on Saturday 30th November at the Christ Church Centre, Reading Road, Henley, RG9 1AG starting at 9.30am. As mentioned in my previous post I have been told by constituents who also happen to be 38 degree members that they wish to have a chance to engage with me and hear my...
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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