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I have joined heart charity Children's Heart Federation in its call to raise awareness of thne need for more heart donors for children. Opinion polls in the UK show the vast majority of population is in favour of organ donation but evidence shows low levels of awareness and the need for transplants. Across the UK there are 6,893 people waiting for transplants. The need for heart donors is being...
On 21 November I shall be attending a number of longstanding engagements and meetings in the constituency and will not be able to attend the debate. I will not be voting for the Bill which fundamentally undermines the reforms we have made to the NHS which are right and where we continue to pledge additional funding for the NHS. I will continue the work I do with the NHS locally across the...
I conducted a scratch choir in a choral evensong on Saturday to help the Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust (OHCT) fund-raising campaign for its Jubilee Year. The evensong was held at Great Milton church, a church which had received funds from OHCT to deal with death watch beetle. I had been looking for a means of making a contribution to the OHCT campaign to raise £3 million for...
I welcome new figures released today showing that 2,100 businesses in Henley are benefitting from the Government's employment Allowance since its introduction in April, making it easier for businesses to hire staff and create jobs. The Employment Allowance is a reduction in National Insurance Contributions that an employer pays for its employees. The allowance is worth up to £2,000 off the...
I have welcomed new figures showing that the benefit cap is supporting people off benefits and into work, ending cycles of welfare dependency. However, only 19 households in the Henley constituency have had their benefits capped since April 2013, out of the 51,200 households affected nationally. The benefit cap has put a stop to some households claiming a massive £57,000 in benefits, equivalent...
I welcome new steps being taken by the government to improve mobile coverage and end 'partial not-spots' – areas where there is coverage from one or more but not all of the four mobile networks. Currently 11.5% per cent of Oxfordshire suffers from these partial not-spots. This poor mobile phone coverage makes it harder for people to communicate and businesses to operate, putting growth and...
I have welcomed new figures showing that there are 44,000 fewer workless households in the South-East region since 2010. That means fewer families without the security of work. Overall across Britain the number of workless households is down 671,000 since the last election, with the proportion of workless households now at its lowest level since records began in 1996. The fall over the last year...
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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