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21 OCT 2014

New apprenticeships mean more young people in the Henley constituency getting the skills they need for the future

I have welcomed new figures showing 470 new apprenticeships were started by people in the Henley constituency last year. In total 2,080 new apprenticeships have been started in the Henley constituency since 2010. This means more young people getting the skills they'll need to get on in life. The total number of young people unemployed and claiming JSA (aged 18-24 years old) in the constituency...

16 OCT 2014

Crime Down

I have welcomed news that crime is falling. Crime recorded by the police in the Thames Valley has fallen by 30% since 2010. This is the best performing police area in the country. It shows what a great place the Henley constituency is in which to live. The latest figures from the independent Crime Survey of England and Wales show that crime across the country has fallen by more than a fifth in...

16 OCT 2014

Mobile coverage in the constituency

A note of my oral question to Ed Vaizey MP is detailed below: John Howell (Henley) (Con): What recent assessment he has made of mobile phone coverage in rural areas.[905469] The Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy (Mr Edward Vaizey): I am pleased to say that mobile coverage is going extremely well. We have the fastest roll-out of superfast broadband in the world and the fastest...

15 OCT 2014

Unemployment almost at full employment levels

The number of Jobseeker's Allowance claimants in Henley constituency in September 2014 dropped to 302. This represents a rate of 0.6% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 648th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest rate of unemployment, 650th = lowest rate of unemployment.) The number of claimants is 217 lower than in September 2013 and 27 lower than in August...

07 OCT 2014

Conservative Party Conference

There was a real buzz at Conservative Party Conference. It was not just the announcements we made but also the strong support for the work we have done on the long-term economic plan to secure a better future for Britain. In four years, we have made a good start. However, we know the job is far from finished - there is much more we still have to do and we need time to be able to finish the job. In...

27 SEP 2014

Motion against ISIL

I voted for the motion on the bombing of ISIL. This was supported by the Opposition as well as the Government and was passed by a majority of 534 to 43. Before doing so, I  had the opportunity of a private meeting with the Foreign Secretary to discuss a number of the points I would have raised in the Chamber if there had been time. I have reproduced the wording of the motion below. That...

23 SEP 2014

The Government's Recall of MPs Bill

The Government Bill is a transparent and robust recall mechanism, where constituents are able to recall their MP if they are found to have engaged in serious wrongdoing. Under its provisions, MPs will not be left vulnerable to attack by those who simply disagree with them. Constituents elect MPs to represent them for five years and they should be able to carry out their jobs without facing...

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.

One of the joys of this constituency is the range of different events and activities with which I am able to be involved. You can access these by going to the map page and then clicking on your own town or village. Many of these events demonstrate the enormous public spirited nature of the people of this area and the generosity in time and money they show to the charity and voluntary sectors. I am pleased to have been able to support many of these activities.

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Conservative Achievements

In line with our vision of the country and the world we are delivering major Conservative achievements. That vision and our values and aims were set out in a booklet entitled Built to Last which was approved by rank and file Conservative members.

Click on the image of Built to Last to be taken  to a page of my web-site to see how these achievements are positively shaping the world in which we live, in line with what party members thought were important priorities.

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I frequently publish a number of  e newsletters to keep members of the constituency who have given me their e mail addresses informed of my activities here and in Westminster. These include newsletters to parish councils and newsletters to the general public.  If you would like to subscribe for any of these please send an e mail to with the word Subscribe in the headline. You will also need to include proof that you are a constituent - the postcode of your house will suffice.

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June 2013