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I have today challenged the Labour candidate for the General Election to condemn plans for thousands more publicly subsidised wind turbines. The plans emerged after one of Britain's biggest wind farm companies revealed that in private discussions senior Labour and Liberal Democrat figures have given 'very strong support for onshore wind in one-to-one conversations'. Conservatives are the only...
I have been invited to become a Vice Patron of the Chiltern Centre. The chair of trustees, Paul Barrett, said "As someone with an interest in our local community we feel your support, knowledge and guidance will help the charity greatly." The Chiltern Centre offers a unique support of services to children and families in the area in their vital role of caring. Each year they help more than 50...
This week I signed the Holocaust Educational Trust's Book of Commitment, in doing so pledging my commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people. Tuesday 27th January will mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi...
John Howell (Henley) (Con): What steps she is taking to close the gender pay gap.  The Secretary of State for Education (Nicky Morgan): The gender pay gap is at its narrowest ever and has been entirely eliminated among full-time workers under the age of 40. Of course the gender pay gap is still too wide, which is why we are closing it further by encouraging girls and young women to...
I have welcomed the launch of a new National Savings and Investments Bond for pensioners. The new bonds for people aged 65 and over will offer market-leading rates and support people who rely on their savings in retirement. Two bonds are being launched: A one year bond will offer returns of 2.8 per cent gross/AER interest, A three year bond will pay 4 per cent gross/AER interest. £10...
Party of Opportunity may be donwloaded here. I attended the launch of the second edition of The Party of Opportunity booklet, compiled by Sir David Amess MP, on Wednesday, 7th January, in the Jubilee Room at the Houses of Parliament. I feature in the booklet and was pleased to speak to its launch. The Party of Opportunity booklet includes short summaries from Conservative MP's about their working class...
John Howell (Henley) (Con): What assessment she has made of changes in the level of crime since May 2010. The Minister for Crime Prevention (Lynne Featherstone): Police reform is working and crime is down by more than a fifth under this Government, according to the independent crime survey for England and Wales. England and Wales are safer than they have been for decades, with the...
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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