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A flag designed by children from Crowmarsh Gifford School to represent the local community in the Henley constituency took its place at Westminster on Monday 18 May at the culmination of a unique parliamentary project. I appeared beneath the flag. The flags stem from an educational journey undertaken by children in over 450 primary schools to discover the importance of elected representation in...
I welcome funding from the Condition Improvement Fund for schools in the constituency. The following schools have won funding for the projects listed: Gillotts School for the replacement of internal buried building services; Langtree School for window replacements; St Joesph's Catholic Primary School, Thame for the replacement of a temporary classroom. The Condition Improvement Fund...
I have welcomed today's announcement of funding for repairs to local churches in the Henley constituency. These repairs will also help to prevent further damage to these buildings – ensuring they are preserved for generations to come. I'm delighted to hear that the following churches have got funding for repairs: St Nicholas Britwell Salome £43,000 St Swithun Merton £99,200 St Margaret...
A number of people have written to me about defence. The question about defence has frequently come down to whether we will stick to the 2% GDP target. The Government is committed to spending 2% of GDP on defence. We have spent 2% of GDP on defence throughout this Parliament and we will do so again in 2015/16. In addition, we have already committed to spending £163 billion on our armed forces...
I have welcomed new figures showing 270 new apprenticeships were started by people in the Henley constituency between August 2014 and January 2015. In total 2,350 new apprenticeships have been started in this constituency since 2010. This means more young people getting the skills they need to get on in life and make the most of their talents – as they do locally at DAF and Stuart Barr. Across...
In a debate yesterday in the House of Commons, I praised the Government's attempts to change the culture which made late payments in business acceptable. I said that when I was running a small business of my own, late payments bedevilled the business, and it was always the larger companies that were responsible for it. The Henley constituency has many small businesses and I am sure this measure...
I have welcomed the new franchise agreement with First Great Western – bringing the most significant upgrade of infrastructure and rolling stock to the Great Western line for a generation, benefitting people in the area who rely on our railways to get around. The agreement will bring more seats, more services, and two new fleets of state-of-the-art trains on to the line – benefitting...
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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