Follow me on Twitter. You can follow me by going to @JohnHowellMP.
Find me on Facebook here
I was struck by an article in The Times on the cost of becoming an MP. The lines which resonated with me were "If there were a few more Tories of humble origin perhaps there would be a greater readiness to worry about people on average earnings." The fact is that there are lots of us in the Conservative Party from humble origins and it is why we have concentrated our efforts on ensuring that...
82,000 fewer people arriving annually from outside the EU The independent migration statistics for the year ending September 2013 showed that our reforms have cut non-EU migration to its lowest level since 1998. They show that where we can do something about immigration we have done so with great effect. There are now 82,000 fewer people arriving annually from outside the EU than when this...
I have been elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. The Society of Antiquaries of London is charged by its Royal Charter of 1751 with 'the encouragement, advancement and furtherance of the study and knowledge of the antiquities and history of this and other countries'. The Society's 2,900 Fellows include many distinguished archaeologists and art and architectural historians....
I met Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley, and Sara Thornton, Chief Constable, this week at a meeting on 24 February. Amongst the things discussed was the excellent drop in rural crime. The extent of this drop amounts to 20%. Under questioning from me, the reasons for this were attributed to a much better exchange of information and police being actively...
I attended a meeting with Patrick Hallgate of Network Rail and Mark Hopwood of First Great Western on 24 February. The conversation covered many of the issues surrounding the recent impact on services as a result of the flooding especially in areas such as Maidenhead. It also covered First Great Western's approach to customer service. I heard how in the Maidenhead area the floods had meant...
I am delighted that the constituency still remains the third best performing in the country. The Office of National Statistics, once again, delivered encouraging unemployment figures this morning. The new figures show that the number of people out of work, nationally, has fallen by 125,000. Employment is up 193,000. They also show that a record number of women are now in employment with more...
As COBRA meets daily in Whitehall to deal with flooding across the country, I have visited the Environment Agency (EA) from where flood warnings are issued and where the situation is monitored. I was briefed on the impact of the flooding on properties and the impact of work by the Agency on the rivers that affect the constituency – principally the Thames, the Thame, the river Ray and brooks...
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.
0207 219 6676
House of Commons
London, SW1A 0AA
PO Box 84
Oxfordshire, OX49 5XD
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
Newsletters for parish councils
By clicking on the links below you can read some of my latest journalism.
South Oxfordshire Guardian