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I have completed my September recess tour for 2015. In the course of 2 weeks I had discussions with 25 parish councils and held 15 other meetings with community groups, companies and members of the community. This tour is in addition to the regular visits to villages and towns in the constituency which I carry out every week. The September recess from Parliament whilst the various Party...
On 1 October I will be coming to Thame to meet some older people and some carers. It will be part of the celebration being organised for Older People's Day. This coincides with the UN International Day of Older Persons and its main aim is to be a celebration of the achievements and contributions that older people make to our society and the economy. I recognise the contribution older people...
I am pleased that the issue of Townlands has been finalised at the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Board Meeting and that the Townlands Steering Group (TSG) will continue to be involved as the hospital is taken forward. I appreciate that this has been a difficult time for many in the community and I hope that we can now all move forward together and look forward to benefiting from 21st...
I am about to begin my 'annual village tour' of villages in the constituency. The term 'annual village tour' does not imply that I visit villages in the constituency only once a year. I am out and about across the constituency every Friday and weekends. The September recess from Parliament whilst the various Party Conferences take place provides an annual opportunity for a more intense programme...
Today I sopke in the debate on dangerous driving. The transcript of my speech is set out below. John Howell (Henley) (Con): It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I, too, praise my hon. Friend the Member for Reading West (Alok Sharma) for securing this important debate. I also praise those who lie behind it, not only for backing the debate, but for their...
The total number of unemployed claimants in the Henley constituency in August 2015 is running at a rate of 0.4% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, This makes it the 649th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5%. The total figure stands at 218 people. This includes 197 people...
This is the exchange which took place today at BIS questions: John Howell (Henley) (Con):Will my right hon. Friend join me in congratulating my constituent, Senior Aircraftman Shayne Hadland on winning a silver medal for aircraft maintenance at the WorldSkills competition in Sao Paulo and on being named best of nation for the United Kingdom? Does that not illustrate the importance of good...
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 77,000 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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At the General Election on 7 May 2015 I was returned as the MP for the Henley constituency. I am honoured to have a majority of 25,375 over my nearest rival. I am conscious that a large number of people have put their trust in me as their MP and I look forward to repaying that trust over the next 5 years.
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