05 DEC 2018

My speech on Free Schools and the Europa School, Culham

John Howell (Henley) (Con)

  It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. I thank my right hon. Friend the Member for Chelsea and Fulham (Greg Hands) for introducing this subject, because it is one that I have spent quite a considerable amount of my time specialising in within my constituency. I also thank my right hon. Friend the Minister, who has been incredibly courteous to me over the years, meeting with me and with schools of all sizes so that we can discuss problems. I place on record my sincere thanks to him.

One thing that I have been able to do in specialising in this area is to visit every school in my constituency. I think, from memory, that that is more than 100 schools, which is quite a lot. I have not done that all in one year; I have done it over a number of years, given that we have only Fridays and that the schools are on holiday for quite a lot of the year. But I have done it; I have visited all of them.

I would like to mention one school in particular that fits in with the subject of this debate, the Europa School in Culham in my constituency. Before I describe it, I re-emphasis the point that my right hon. Friend the Member for Chelsea and Fulham made about how free schools offer considerable flexibility to reflect a particular way in which parents want their children to be taught. In this case, being a free school offers a particular mindset for how to approach the area, which we should all bear in mind.

The Europa School is the successor to the European School. I am not going to get into a Brexit debate—in fact, I was at a naval dinner last night where, if anyone mentioned the term "Brexit", they had to drink a large measure of neat rum.

Alex Cunningham

Brexit!

John Howell

While I would love that to be the case here, I suspect it will not occur.

The European School had a distinguished record. It was set up when lots of European parents were over to work at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy at Oxford University and at the Harwell science centre. For several reasons, the European School's funding dried up, so the Europa School was started as its successor, and has gradually taken over its workings.

The Europa School was set up as a free school, because that is what the parents wanted. They wanted the particular type of education that the European School offered to continue through the free school. That type of education was a way of approaching subjects in original languages. Children did not go and learn in French, Spanish, German or English. They were taught in all those languages, so they could end up having history in German or geography in Spanish, and so on throughout the complete list of subjects. That is a valuable way of teaching. The parents wanted that system to continue in the school, and it is being continued.

To encapsulate that teaching at the end of the process, the parents also wanted the children to take the European Baccalaureate, which offers a comprehensive system for evaluating children at roughly the equivalent A-level period that they would have to face. We need to hold fast to that in what I say next.

We must not forget that the school was principally set up to deal with parents of European origin in the area. The approach to teaching languages has proved immensely successful—so successful that we are now in a situation where non-European parents are desperate for their children to enter the school and be taught in that way. Because it is a free school, it can offer that way of teaching and it can say to the parents, "We can take your child in." To be honest, I think it is a superb way of being taught languages.

The problem comes about because of the European Baccalaureate. As I said, the school is desperate to continue teaching it, but there is some difficulty about the ownership of the copyright for it, and a distinction is being made as to whether that is in the gift of the European Commission or the Department. The school has had some interaction with the Department about the issue, which needs to be resolved. It is important because that way of teaching is very special, and people have become not only wedded to it, but so attracted to it that it attracts parents from a wide area. Earlier this year, I presented a petition from something like 2,500 or 3,000 parents and friends of the school in the House of Commons to try to encourage the Government to make sure that the European Baccalaureate can continue to be taught there.

There is something special about free schools, particularly in what they can teach and the way that they can teach it. The Europa School illustrates that above all, which is why I have spent the last few minutes telling hon. Members about it. It is a good example of how free schools work, how they can take the attitudes of parents and make them a reality, and how they can, in this case, through the European Baccalaureate, continue to offer something of enormous benefit to children. I think the Minister agrees that there is no issue of quality about the European Baccalaureate; it provides just the same quality that children would get if they were taking traditional A-levels. For that reason, I fully support the school.


04 DEC 2018

My 10 minute rule Bill

John Howell (Henley) (Con)

I beg to move, that leave be given to bring in a Bill to limit the grounds of appeal against decisions on planning applications consistent with a neighbourhood development plan or local plan; and for connected purposes.

I am introducing this Bill to try to provide reassurance to communities who spend considerable amounts of time and money producing a neighbourhood plan that their work is valued, that it plays an important part in the planning system and the determination of planning applications, and that, together with the local plan produced by the district or borough council, it is a fundamental document—[Interruption.]

Mr Speaker

Order. This is something of a discourtesy to the hon. Gentleman who is moving his ten-minute rule motion. It might not be front and centre stage in the minds of all right hon. and hon. Members, but it is extremely important to the hon. Gentleman and to a lot of people. Whether people are interested in listening or not, they should do him the courtesy of affording him a respectful silence.

John Howell

Thank you, Mr Speaker.

I want to reassure those communities that neighbourhood plans are fundamental documents and that the effort made in producing them is worthwhile. In my own constituency, two more plans recently passed referendums by 94% and 98%, which shows how much they are valued by communities. The Bill would provide that, where a district or parish has taken control of the planning requirements in their area, that view is an important and determining one for taking applications forward.

I introduce the Bill having held the position of Government champion for neighbourhood planning. In that role, I have been around the country talking to groups of parish councils and their Members of Parliament about why they should produce a neighbourhood plan. I am grateful to the many colleagues—far more than the 11 supporter slots available—who have supported the Bill.

In my constituency, in a village called Sonning Common, the local community and district council are reported to have spent £90,000 defending the village's new neighbourhood plan against an appeal. The subject of the appeal was an application for 95 dwellings on a site located in the neighbourhood plan for just 26. Why the application was able to be taken to appeal is part of the reason for the Bill. The application was inconsistent with the Sonning Common neighbourhood plan and there were no mitigating circumstances. Local residents had worked very hard on the neighbourhood plan, and continue to do so. The question we have to ask is: why was the existence of the neighbourhood plan not sufficient?

In order to set the scene for the Bill, I will go back to what prompted me and the then Planning Minister, my right hon. Friend the Member for Tunbridge Wells (Greg Clark), to introduce neighbourhood plans in 2011-12. The starting point was the recognition that the previous system of taking parish views on applications into account by ticking one of three boxes was inadequate. The boxes were: "yes", "no" and "no firm opinion". As we live in a plan-led system, it was crucial that anything that replaced it was part of the plan-led system—hence a new plan, the neighbourhood plan. This has proved to be a much better way of crystallising local views of development.

The neighbourhood plan becomes part of the local development plan when it is approved at a referendum and thereby carries the full legal weight that the local plan does. It is not a nimby's charter. The plan needs to conform with the strategic objectives of the local plan, particularly the housing numbers, which should be seen as a minimum figure, and they have in practice allocated some 10% more sites than originally detailed by the district or borough council. About 2,500 communities around the country are producing a neighbourhood plan, and many have already passed a referendum with North Korean-style majorities. Nevertheless, despite the work of the local plan expert group, on which I served, to simplify the production of neighbourhood plans, the process is becoming more complex and time-consuming for ordinary people to carry out, and I pay tribute to the volunteers who spend so much of their time putting these plans together.

There is a bigger problem that the Bill seeks to address. Imagine a parish that has committed considerable money and time to producing a neighbourhood plan. It has been through the exercise of allocating sites. It may even have allocated more than it was told was appropriate by the district council. A developer wants to make a planning application that falls outside the neighbourhood plan. He makes the application. It is rightly refused as being not in accordance with the neighbourhood plan, yet he can still appeal to the Planning Inspectorate. That appeal will need to be defended. It will require vast amounts of time from the local people who put the plan together. It may require the services of a QC or other specialists, depending on the nature of the defence. As at Sonning Common, they and the district council may end up having to spend around £100,000 on defending it. Moreover, the chances of the neighbourhood plan being upheld are open to doubt. In other words, all that effort and all that money could be wasted. The question I am always asked is why, when we have a neighbourhood plan, should the developer be allowed to appeal?

How would the Bill work? Let me give three examples. First, we have the situation where there is a robust five-year housing land supply in place—or indeed, where appropriate, a three-year housing land supply—as well as a fully approved neighbourhood plan and local plan. In this case, a developer makes an application for development that is contrary to the neighbourhood plan and is earmarked for refusal on the basis of neighbourhood plan policy. The local planning authority first decides that the application is outside the plan, or contravenes a policy in it, and refuses it. It also makes a formal decision, which is published as a formal notice in the minutes of the planning committee, that the application is contrary to the neighbourhood plan: in other words, that the neighbourhood plan holds sway. In this instance the developer would have no right of appeal, because it would be withdrawn.

In the second case, there is still a five or a three-year housing land supply, but in reaching its decision, the local planning authority does not follow due process. It makes a decision in which there are processual errors. It is not possible to evaluate the significance or impact of those errors, and whether that would ensure that the decision could be overturned or whether it would make no difference at all. In this case, too, the finding of fact is that the application is contrary to a neighbourhood plan. The developer would have to make an initial referral to the court by way of judicial review of the processual issues, meaning that the bar for decision was a high one, and he would seek leave to appeal to the planning inspectorate. It would be for the court to review the processual errors rather than the issue of fact.

In the third example, there is no five or three year-housing land supply, but the local planning authority still refuses the application. In this case, the rights of the developer to appeal against the application to the planning inspectorate would continue as now. That would have a number of effects. First, it would send a strong message to developers that neighbourhood plans are to be taken seriously. I am fully aware of one developer who has devoted considerable resources to undermining neighbourhood plans and regularly submits objections to local planning authorities. The issuing of a notice by the local planning authority makes it clear that there is a finding of fact that the application is contrary to a neighbourhood plan.

Secondly, only through such action will we return real democracy to the towns and villages of this country, as we originally envisaged in the Localism Act 2011. It will have no bad effect on housing numbers: as I have said, neighbourhood plans provide for some 10% more housing than originally envisaged. It could even make the allocation of land for more houses more attractive to towns and villages, because they will be protected from rapacious interests. Thirdly, it will give those towns and villages confidence that producing a neighbourhood plan is worthwhile, and will be seen as producing a determinant for the planning system.

Fourthly, this can be seen as another step in the reform of the neighbourhood planning system, which has adapted to changing circumstances throughout. First, there was the Barwell ministerial statement, which in certain circumstances reduced the housing land supply to three years. More recently, changes have been included to simplify the process for updating a neighbourhood plan.

Lastly, the Bill will encourage communities to prepare plans, including local district and borough councils, and to support neighbourhood plans. Our Local Plans Expert Group report quoted the then national planning policy framework, which states that plans should be

"the key to delivering sustainable development that reflects the vision and aspirations of local communities."

However, we also commented that less than a third of the country was suitably covered. There are many examples of good practice in plan making; the Bill will add to that stock of good practice.

Question put and agreed to.

Ordered,

That John Howell, Sir Oliver Letwin, Sir Nicholas Soames, Sir David Evennett, Nick Herbert, Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, David Hanson, Kevin Hollinrake, Gillian Keegan, Victoria Prentis, Damien Moore and Stephen Lloyd present the Bill.

John Howell accordingly presented the Bill.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 25 January 2019 and to be printed (Bill 300).


03 DEC 2018

Question in Statement of the PM on G20

John Howell (Henley) (Con)

I refer my right hon. Friend to what she said about renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa. How will that support the 30% renewable energy target in Nigeria, a country that cannot provide electricity to half its population?

The Prime Minister

I thank my hon. Friend for pointing that out. The point of the intervention we are making and the money that we are making available is that it will help to leverage private finance. It is through Government working together with private finance that we will be able to ensure that projects can come on board in a number of countries in Africa.


29 NOV 2018

Question about the Dean of Christ Church

John Howell (Henley) (Con) 

What support the Church of England is providing to the Dean of Christ Church cathedral Oxford in the case brought against him by Christ Church college. [907932]

The Second Church Estates Commissioner (Dame Caroline Spelman)

At this stage, there is little more that I can add to the written answer that I gave my hon. Friend on Monday. A formal tribunal process is under way, following the statutes of Christ Church, and that will enable the complaint made against the dean to be properly investigated.

John Howell

I have spoken to the Bishop of Oxford, and I am a little more reassured about the pastoral care that is being made available for the dean, but this raises the important question of why an Anglican cathedral is so much in the pocket of an Oxford college.

Dame Caroline Spelman

I can reassure the House that the Bishop of Oxford is giving pastoral support to the Dean, and I know that he went out of his way to speak to my hon. Friend. This is a very unusual case in the Church of England—the dean of a cathedral is at the same time the master of a college—but I must underline that the complaint against the Dean is an internal matter for the college, and neither the Church Commissioners nor the wider Church of England has any role in that process.


28 NOV 2018

Intervention in debate on sex for rent

John Howell (Henley) (Con)

I praise the hon. Gentleman for rightly highlighting this disgusting activity. Does he have a feel for why this is increasing now?

Peter Kyle

The hon. Gentleman asks an important question. A little later in my speech, I will highlight the fact that we have a perfect storm in certain cities and towns in our country. The housing crisis and the high cost of accommodation, combined with access to online platforms and the fact that university towns draw young people in, have created a perfect storm for exploitation in this way.


28 NOV 2018

Intervention in debate on Offensive Weapons

John Howell (Henley) (Con)

I hear what my hon. Friend says about the national co-ordination centre. From my experience talking to my local police force, I recognise that crime is interlinked. We can talk about drugs and we can talk about weapons, but they are interlinked issues, and they are interlinked with so many other things. We are asking the police to think holistically in how they look at these issues so that they can put into place a better strategy for dealing with these problems.

Victoria Atkins

That is very much the case. Indeed, in my previous career prosecuting serious organised crime, on occasions we prosecuted organised crime gangs for, for example, the importation of counterfeit cigarettes, because that is what we could get them on. We suspected that they were importing other things, because if they had the lines open to import one type of illicit material, it followed that they probably had the ability to important other illicit materials. Sadly, as we get better at identifying modern slavery, we know that that can also include people.


27 NOV 2018

Speech on Courts and Tribunals Bill

John Howell (Henley) (Con)

It is a great pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Bristol West (Thangam Debbonaire), not least because, like her, I am not a lawyer. I think the more non-lawyers who speak in this debate, the better it will be, because we bring common sense to such a debate, which I am afraid from time to time legally qualified Members do not.

I was, however, completely entranced by the description of justices' clerks given by my hon. Friend the Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill). I thought that my opportunity had now come, because these were non-legally qualified people who had a role to play, and I thought, "This is an opportunity for me when I finish here". Sadly, however, even that has been taken away from me.

If I may, I will just pick up on one of the things that the hon. Member for Bristol West mentioned when she talked about other things distracting us from our examination of this area. I think this is just the sort of Bill that we need to concentrate on. I do not think we should be distracted by other things, because the Bill is crucial to the management of justice and of our courts.

Thangam Debbonaire

I just wish to clarify my point about Members being distracted. I agree with the hon. Gentleman that this is exactly the sort of Bill we should be focusing on, but my concern is that Members are distracted by the wider constitutional impact of the word beginning with B, which I will not mention.

John Howell

I am sure some Members are distracted by that, but I am incredibly pleased that neither she nor I are, and that we are going to concentrate on the Bill in a very big way.

I mentioned in an intervention on the Lord Chancellor that I was actually the first Member of Parliament to go on the Industry and Parliament Trust fellowship in law. It was a particularly enlightening experience. I cannot remember the number of days that I was allocated, but I doubled the number of days I spent on it, because I spent most of the time sitting alongside judges, on the bench, listening to what they did. The number of different courts I saw was tremendous—I remember starting in the commercial courts, which I will come back to in a little while. They represented such a technological advance on all the other courts I sat in on, and that was a really good thing to see.

To go back to a point I made to my hon. Friend the Member for Bromley and Chislehurst, the first thing that came out of that experience of sitting alongside judges was an absolute admiration for their integrity and for what they did and how they did it. The second thing was an understanding of how overworked they are. As non-lawyers, we perhaps tend to think of judges just turning up, sitting and listening to the case, and giving judgment, but the amount of preparation that goes into hearings is phenomenal. That was a good thing to see and experience, and it applied whether it was the bankruptcy court or the Court of Appeal, in which I sat on two occasions.

The point I made to my right hon. Friend the Lord Chancellor earlier was about the speed of justice. I am not a great advocate of speed in itself, but I think there is a threat to English law: not Brexit, but the ability of our courts to dispense justice on a timely basis. When I sat in with judges, I saw that they were often so preoccupied with the minor administrative elements of their role they did not have time to dispense justice in what I would consider a timely manner. That was the case whether I was sitting in a higher court or, in particular, in a tribunal—I will come on to tribunals in a moment. Efficiency in making judgments and delivering English justice is one of the hallmarks of the justice system and one that we lose at our peril. If that point alone is made, it is made well.

One issue I would like to raise, which may at first not seem immediately applicable to the Bill, is the age of judges. I believe it does apply to the Bill, because consideration is being given to other people taking on judicial functions. The point about age has also been raised in relation to the magistracy, and it also applies to lords justices and others. When the Lord Chief Justice appeared before the Justice Committee last week, we asked him about the age of justices and he explained that there were mechanisms by which they could be extended beyond the age of 70 in certain capacities. However, that is an artificial cut-off—if we were stopped from being MPs at 70, I think there would be shouts of horror. Some of us—I am nowhere near that age now—would consider that we were being cut off in the prime of our life. The same is the case with judges. They have acquired a tremendous amount of experience, principally as barristers. They have had a lot of judicial experience, and they are just coming to the point where they can use that experience in the best possible way. I therefore think it is necessary to look at extending the age at which judges retire to beyond 70. To be able to do that, we must look at the courts in a holistic way.

Robert Neill

My hon. Friend makes an important point. The coalition Government, as I am sure he will know, increased the age at which members of the public could sit as jurors to 75. It seems quite bizarre that a lay person who is fit, healthy and willing to serve can sit as a juror up to the age of 75, but people of that age cannot sit as a judge of the High Court, the Court of Appeal or the Supreme Court—unlike in the United States, where they can go on for a considerable time.

John Howell

I am not sure I would like to follow the experience of the United States in this matter, but my hon. Friend makes an absolutely first-class point. There needs to be a consistent approach to the age at which we can use people or force them to retire.

There is a lot to be said for the system in the Bill that would enable people to undertake some activities undertaken by judges. As an aside, I said that I am a non-lawyer, but I am currently seeking to extend my ability to undertake arbitration—I hope that that does not cut across or invalidate what I am saying. Such an ability is an important element of the mix that needs to be taken into account when we are looking at the judicial system as a whole.

When I was involved in sitting with judges for the fellowship, I was very much aware of the difference between courts in digitalisation and technology. In the commercial court, the system was utterly brilliant. I sat with a judge who was listening to an English law case in Portuguese. The transcript of the English translation appeared almost instantaneously on his laptop on his desk in front of him. The use of technology to get information out was absolutely fantastic. As I said to the Lord Chancellor, however, employment tribunals might as well have still been using the quill pen, they were so antiquated—not the judgments being made, but how the courts were organised and delivered justice. If we want access to justice, it is absolutely essential that the process of digitalisation in courts is seen through to the end. It materially influences access to justice.

When I sat in the Court of Appeal, prisoners appealed their sentences via video link. It was clearly not a good idea to bring the prisoners into court, so video links were used all the time to great effect, enabling judgments to be made. There were some discrepancies. For example, it took some time to get the focus right for some prisoners. I understand that that was due to the camera equipment, rather than the features of the prisoners.

When I started my work as chairman of the all-party group on alternative dispute resolution, I had the opportunity to speak to Lord Briggs about his proposals for the justice system as a whole. The Bill moves us closer towards what Lord Briggs was after, but it does not take us all the way to it. For example, the digitisation of divorce is welcome, but his proposal for online courts is very valuable. I know that that is controversial among lawyers, but it is important to enabling both the delivery of justice and access to justice. I would like that process to be extended beyond the scope of the Bill, so that we can receive and transmit electronic evidence in the handling of individual court cases. Anything that can move the legal profession into the 21st century is to be welcomed.

If I may, I would like to give a plug to the Industry and Parliament Trust fellowship. Having been the first to go on it, I recommend that hon. Members absolutely do so. The experience of sitting alongside judges is absolutely first class. My first appearance in court—if I can put it that way—was in a commercial court. I went to the court with the judge. We were just about to go through the door and I said, "I shall just go and sit at the back of the court." He said, "What do you mean? You're sitting up next to me in the court." It was a great shock to me—

Robert Neill

A great shock to the defendant.

John Howell

It was a great shock to the barristers, particularly when I sat in the planning court and the barrister was well known to me. We played a little trick on him by coming in through different doors so that he was unaware of who we were.

The point of all that is that it is a very valuable training scheme. The more that people can go on it, the more there will be an understanding of the issues raised in the Bill and of the need to bring the courts into the 21st century.

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John Howell (Henley) (Con)

My right hon. Friend may be aware that I did an Industry and Parliament Trust fellowship in the law with judges, and my experience of the different courts I went to showed the enormous gap between the commercial courts, which were technologically very superior, and the tribunal system, where we might as well have been using a quill pen. Is this going to solve that problem?

Mr Gauke

Our court reform programme as a whole, which I will come on to, will ensure that we use technology wherever possible. It is right that we embrace that. The Bill is part of the process—it is not all of the process—that will ensure that we modernise. I have quoted in the past ways in which artificial intelligence, for example, is being used within the legal profession. An example I have given is a case where AI was used to check a number of contracts to spot potential errors. The rate of success of the AI was somewhat better than that of the experienced lawyers, and if I remember rightly the task was done in 26 seconds rather than 92 minutes. I make that point to illustrate the opportunities that exist in terms of technology and the law.

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John Howell

My right hon. Friend is being generous with his time. The place where these changes can have the most effect is in the tribunal system. I have sat through tribunals that have lasted for days for no good reason, tying up three independent assessors. Surely, it is there that the changes he proposes can have the biggest effect.

Mr Gauke

My hon. Friend may well be right. The Bill of course relates to courts and tribunals, and it is important to bear in mind the impact on tribunals. Tribunals perhaps do not always attract the attention that they might, but they play a vital role within our justice system. If we can find ways to improve their efficiency, we should all welcome that. That is a key part of what this Bill is about.

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John Howell

May I take my hon. Friend back to where he left off? Does he agree that the threat to the use of English law around the globe comes about from the efficiency or otherwise of the judges, and that the more that judges are unable to be efficient in giving a judgment, the more there is a threat to the use of English law? Does he agree that this Bill goes a long way towards trying to sort that out?

Robert Neill

Yes, I do. That is very important, and that is why it is not surprising that experienced former judges have expressed a view on this. We have referred to the former President of the Supreme Court, Lord Neuberger, and the immediate past Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd. I note also the observations of Lord Thomas's predecessor, the noble Lord Judge. They all supported the thrust of this Bill in enabling more flexible deployment of judges within tribunals and the assignment of procedural matters to non-judicial court staff. They also warned about not unduly fettering the ability of the court procedure rules committees, which have on them practitioner representatives who are able to set matters in the light of their practical experience. That is absolutely right, and it in no way contradicts the point made by my hon. Friend the Member for Cheltenham about the need to have the requisite number of top-class members of the judiciary. I agree with my hon. Friend the Member for Henley (John Howell) that this is a sensible and proportionate Bill.


27 NOV 2018

Question in Urgent Question on Ukraine and Russia

John Howell (Henley) (Con)

May I urge my right hon. Friend not simply to ignore the Council of Europe when he considers European action? Will he support the work that I and others have been doing to prevent the readmission of Russia to that organisation?

Alistair Burt

As my hon. Friend will know, I do not ignore anything related to Europe—either the European Union or the Council of Europe. I welcome the collective action that we take through our friends, and will continue to do so. I value the Council of Europe, and my hon. Friend's expression of support for it is well made.


27 NOV 2018

Speech on Nigeria

John Howell (Henley) (Con)

It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Betts. I, too, congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon) on securing this important debate. It is a great pleasure to participate in it.

I will leap in straightaway, since we do not have much time. I, too, believe that President Buhari has not done enough to focus on the problem. He came to power with a radical agenda to get rid of Boko Haram, and he has been partially successful. As hon. Members have pointed out, however, some Boko Haram insurgents have transformed into terrorists in the country, and they might well be fuelling this particular crisis.

Since we last spoke in this Chamber about the issue, one of the major things to have emerged is the intensity of the problem and of the killings that are taking place. It is always possible to blame the President for what happens in a country, but let us remember that President Buhari faces action in the International Criminal Court for what he has done against Boko Haram. That is quite remarkable, but it is not surprising that his focus has been elsewhere. As the hon. Member for Stroud (Dr Drew) pointed out, the real focus in Nigeria is not the national Administration but the state governorships. I particularly condemn the governor of Ekiti state, Mr Fayose, who encouraged farmers to take up arms against the Fulani herdsmen. That was not helpful—it just increased tensions and killings in the country. We should ensure that we condemn that.

I have said several times in this Chamber that President Buhari was summoned to Parliament and condemned following the recent killings, and that a no-confidence motion was passed in respect of his advisers because they had done nothing to solve the problem. President Buhari was the first African leader to go to the White House, in April. I am afraid that President Trump's involvement with the situation in Nigeria was less than helpful—he made a rather simplistic judgment and did not put pressure on President Buhari to take action. We need to put pressure on the state governors and the national Government to do something.

One good solution to the situation would be for the national Government not to look at it solely in military terms. I do not think it will be solved by a military operation. It will be solved by political activism. There is a Bill before the Nigerian Parliament, which is known in shorthand as the land grazing Bill, that would allow national grazing reserves to be set aside for Fulani herdsmen to use without coming into contact or conflict with Christian farmers. We should support that and other actions the Nigerian Parliament is taking to solve this problem.

The situation is complex. It is wrong to characterise the conflict just as a religious one. It certainly has strong religious elements and overtones, but it has been going on for many years—it was going on before Open Doors became involved and long before we became aware of it. We can see that it is more than just a religious conflict by looking at the timing of the killings, which increase around national elections. That is instructive.

I always have poverty in my mind when I carry out my work in Nigeria. I am absolutely committed to trying to help the Nigerian Government improve the impoverished situation of many of people. I have explained on a number of occasions that that is in our best interests, because it enables us to prevent mass migration from Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa to Europe, but it is also in Nigeria's best interests. We need to put pressure on the Nigerian Government and the state governors to solve this problem in order to deal firmly and finally with poverty.

Jim Shannon

Given his knowledge of Nigeria, can the hon. Gentleman see any reason why the Nigerian Government have been reluctant, unable or unwilling to respond to the high levels of violence?

John Howell

That is an interesting question. There is an ethnicity element to it. President Buhari comes from the area that identifies with the Fulani. I am not going to make that point more strongly. I do not know the extent to which that ethnic belonging influences him and his actions. All I will say is that I agree that less action has been taken in this area than anyone would have liked.

Since I am running out of time, let me conclude by saying that this issue is enormously important. I know the high commission raises it very frequently with the Nigerian Government. It is technically outside my remit as trade envoy, but in a country such as Nigeria, one cannot focus on one issue—they all interlock and play a part. I will continue to put pressure on the Nigerian Government to ensure that something occurs to resolve the situation.


27 NOV 2018

Contribution to debate on 100 years of the RAF

John Howell (Henley) (Con)

Does the hon. Gentleman agree that that technology can be seen today in the helicopter fleets, particularly in the way in which the Puma has been used in the Caribbean to tackle the problems that arose from the hurricane? That technology is inspiring apprentices all the way through.

Martin Whitfield

Indeed, the multifaceted skills and techniques in the machinery and in the individuals who make up the RAF do inspire and save. To use an old ​phrase, the RAF is one of the greatest ambassadors that this country has at times like that of the recent hurricane.


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ITV Meridien News 6 November 2018

Broadcast

Meeting with Schools Minister 6 November 2018

Attended

Townlands War Plaque Unveiling 2 November 2018

Attended

Meeting Parish Councils Gallowstree Common 2 November 2018

Attended

Surgery Henley 2 November 2018

Checkendon World War 1 exhibition 1 November 2018

Attended

BBC Radio Oxford 30 October 2018

Broadcast

ITV Meridien News 29 October 2018

Broadcast

Checkendon WWI exhibition 26 October 2018

Opend and attended

Meeting Oxford Health 26 October 2018

Attended

Macmillian 24 October 2018

Attended

Councillors surgery Henley 18 October 2018

Attended

Lifeboats stand Henley 18 October 2018

Attended

Conversation in the street Henley 18 October 2018

Conducted

Surgery Watlington on Police 20 October 2018

Attended

Formnal Surgery in Chinnor 19 October 2018

Constituent in Nettlebed 19 October 2018

Attended

Woodcote Parish Council 19 October 2018

Attended

Clifton Hampden travellers 19 October 2018

Attended

Sue Ryder Women of Achievement 18 October 2018

Attended

Relaunch of MAST Culham 18 October 2018

Attended

Council of Europe Strasbourg 7 - 12 October 2018

Attended

Thames Valley Police 50th Party 5 October 2018

Attended

Conservative Party Conference 30 September - 3 October 2018

Attended

Chinnor RFC Business Lunch 28 September 2018

Attended

Council of Europe, Lisbon 23-24 September 2018

Attended

National Land Access Centre Aston Rowant 14 September 2018

Attended

Holocaust Memorial Day Trust 12 September 2018

Attended

Henley Show 8 September 2018

Attended

Surgery Dorchester on Thames 7 September 2018

Visit to Project Swift, Culham 7 September 2018

Attended

Meeting with SOHA 7 September 2018

Attended

Meeting with GWR and Network Rail 6 September 2018

Attended

Breast Cancer wear it pink 5 September 2018

Attended

Surgery with Chris Grayling 4 September 2018

Attended

Bloodwise event 4 September 2018

Attended

Regatta for the disabled 1 September 2018

Conducted

Conversation in the street Roke 25 August 2018

Conducted

Day out with the police in Henley 24 August 2018

Attended

BBC South Today TV 24 August 2018

Interviewed on planning

Conversation in the street 23 August 2018

Conducted

Oxford airport 22 August 2018

Attended

Chinnor Community Awards 21 August 2018

Attended

Meeting with constituent 21 August 2018

Attended

RSPB Otmoor 21 August 2018

Attended

Thame Community Market 21 August 2018

Attended

Conversation in the street Thame 20 August 2018

Conducted

Conversation in the street Henley 20 August 2018

Conducted

Visit to Martin Baker 17 AUgust 2018

Attended

Conversation with NHS Property Services 17 August 2018

Attended

Conversation in the street Weston on the Green 18 August 2018

Conducted

Conversation in the street Thame 18 August 2018

Conducted

Conversation in the street Benson 16 August 2018

Conducted

Conversation in the street Wheatley 16 August 2018

Conducted

Conversation in he street Henley 16 August 2018

Conducted

Chinnor Heritage Train 15 August 2018

Attended

Conversation in the street Henley 7 August 2018

Conducted

Meeting Thame Leisure complex 7 August 2018

Attended

Visit to Moreton 7 August 2018

Attended

Meeting with SODC 6 August 2018

Attended

Conversation in the street Chinnor 6 August 2018

Conducted

Convesration in the street Thame 6 August 2018

Conducted

Conversation in the street Thame 2 August 2018

Conducted

Conversation in the street Little Milton 2 August 2018

Conducted

Conversation in the street Watlington 1 August 2018

Conducted

Conversation in the street Sonning Common 1 August 2018

Conducted

Conversation in the street Henley 1 August 2018

Conducted

Conversation in the street Benson 1 August 2018

Conducted

Meeting at Weston on the Green 30 July 2018

Conducted

Convesration in the street Thame 30 July 2018

Conducted

Chequers Agreement meeting with Conservatives 26 July 2018

Chaired

Conversation in the street Henley 26 July 2018

Conducted

Conversation in the street Watlington 26 July 2018

Conducted

Conversation in the street Henley 25 July 2018

Conducted

Meeting with Justin Tomlinson MP re. CMS 24 July 2018

Attended

Visit to Henley Literary Festival stand 22 July 2018

Attended

Gillotts end of term concert 19 July 2018

Attended

Surgery Benson 20 July 2018

Age UK meeting 20 July 2018

Attended

Meeting SODC 20 July 2018

Attended

Braodband launch Maidensgrove 20 July 2018

Attended

'Conversation in the street' Thame 19 July 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Benson 19 July 2018

Conducted

Initiated debate on Russia and the Council of Europe 18 July 2018

Attended

Chaired APPG on ADR 17 July 2018

Attended

Meeting with Esther McVey 16 July 2018

Attended

Royal International Air Tattoo 14 July 2018

Attended

BBC Politics Show 13 July 2018

Recorded

Meeting Head Langtree Woodcote 13 July 2018

Attended

RAF Benson School 13 July 2018

Attended

Laid a cross for Richard Hewer 8 July 2018

Attended

Israel Leadership Dialogue 6-9 July  2018

Attended

Beating Retreat Ambrosden 30 June 2018

Attended

Nettlebed fete 30 June 2018

Attended

'Conversation in the street' in Thame 30 June 2018

Attended

Tetsworth fete 30 June 2018

Attended

Council of Europe, Strasbourg 24 June - 29 June 2018

Attended

Meteor choir, Henley 23 June 2018

Attended

'Conversation in the street' Henley 23 June 2018

Conducted

Home Educators 22 June 2018

Attended

Church House meeting re schools 22 June 2018

Attended

Crowmarsh school Pearson Teaching Awards 22 June 2018

Attended

Meeting constitiuent Henley 22 June 2018

Attended

NHS meeting Townlands 22 June 2018

Attended

Little Milton fete 16 June 2018

Attended

Message in a bottle, Henley 16 June 2018

Attended

Shiplake School 15 June 2018

Visited

'Conversation in the street' Thame 15 June 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Benson 15 June 2018

Conducted

Thame Carnival 9 June 2018

Attended

Horspath hub award 9 June 2018

Attended

Blue Plaque event Benson 9 June 2018

Attended

Great Milton fete 9 June 2018

Attended

Thame Conversation in the street 9 June 2018

Conducted

Henley Bridge Rotary 8 June 2018

Spoke

Surgery Watlington 8 June 2018

HR Wallingford meeting 8 June 2018

Attended

OXPIP meeting 8 June 2018

Attended

Dinner on Legal Certainty 6 June 2018

Chaired

Whitchurch Fete 26 May 2018

Attended

Thame Comversation in the street 26 May 2018

Conducted

Henley Conversation in the street 26 May 2018

Conducted

Whirchurch Conversation in the street 26 May 2018

Conducted

Beckley Primary School 25 May 2018

Attended

Hampshire councils Neighbourhood Planning 24 May 2018

Attended

RAF Benson evening 24 May 2018

Attended

Meeting with Vertex re Cystic Fibrosis 23 May 2018

Attended

Bladder Cancer 19 May 2018

Walked

DADS attendance 19 May 2018

Attended

Cuddesdon Fete 19 May 2018

Attended

Pyrton Fete 19 May 2018

Attended

St Andrews Road Street Party Henley 19 May 2018

Attended preparations

Meeting constituent from Kirtlington 18 May 2018

Attended

Meeting constituent Weston on the Green 18 May 2018

Attended

Meeting constituent from Nettlebed 18 May 2018

Attended

Westminster Social Policy Forum 17 May 2018

Chaired

Design Skills Roundtable 16 May 2018

Chaired

Royal Garden Party Buckingham Palace 15 May 2018

Attended

MP Cricket Academy launch of ground 13 May 2018

Attended

Kingston Blount Street Fayre 12 May 2018

Attended

'Converstion in the street' in Thame 12 May 2018

Conducted

Open meeting in Sonning Common 11 May 2018

Attended

'Converstion in the street' in Henley 11 May 2018

Conducted

South Stoke May fair 7 May 2018

Attended

Henley May fair 7 May 2018

Attended

Chalgrove May fair 7 May 2018

Attended

Eye and Dunsden Village Hall 5 May 2018

Attended and unveiled statue

Chinnor Rugby Club lunch 5 May 2018

Attended

Surgery Benson 4 May 2018

Thame Fire Station 4 May 2018

Attended

Meeting MIGGS group Goring 4 May 2018

Attended

'Conversations in the street' in Thame 4 May 2018

Conducted

Meeting Oxford-MK-Cambridge Expressway with Iain Stewart MP 3 May 2018

Attended and chaired

Organised meeting between small schools in the constituency and Minister 30 April 2018

Attended

Thame Conversations in the street 28 April 2018

Conducted

Sonning Common Conversations in the street 28 April 2018

Conducted

Council of Europe 22-27 April

Attended

Keynote speech RTA Reading 19 April 2018

Attended

Marginalised Young People and Brexit 18 April 2018

Attended

Surgery Thame 13 April 2018

Visit to Labrokes re Grand National charity offering 13 April 2018

Attended

Meeting Crown Sydenham 13 April 2018

Attended

Meeting with NFU, Beltchingdon 13 April 2018

Attended

'Conversation in the street' Henley 12 April 2018

Conducted

BBC Oxford Townlands parking 12 April 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Henley 11 April 2018

Conducted

Constituent Dorchester on Thames 11 April 2018

Attended

Thame Neighbourhood Plan 11 April 2018

Attended

Coffee morning Tiddington 11 April 2018

Attended

BBC South Today 11 April 2018

Conducted

BBC Berkshire broadcast on Townlands parking 10 April 2018

Conducted

BBC Berkshire broadcast on Townlands parking 9 April 2018

Conducted

Air Ambulance visit 9 April 2018

Attended

'Conversation in the street' Henley 9 April 2018

Conducted

BBC television broadcast on crime 9 April 2018

Conducted

Sue Ryder meeting 9 April 2018

Attended

'Conversations in the street' Shipton on Cherwell, Thrupp, Kirtlington, Blethcingdon, Islip 7 April 2018

Conducted

Re-opening of Maharajah's well Stoke Row 7 April 2018

Attended

Nettlebed Parish Council exhibition 7 April 2018

Attended

'Conversation in the street' Islip 6 April 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Stanton St John 6 April 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Beckley 6 April 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Charlton on Otmoor 6 April 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Thame 6 April 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Sandford on Thame 5 April 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Clifton Hampden 5 April 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Ewelme 5 April 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Henley 4 April 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Shiplake 4 April 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Chinnor 4 April 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Henley 3 April 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Warborough 3 April 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Thame 3 April 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Horspath 3 April 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Henley 31 March 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Kidmore Emd 31 March 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Chalgrove 31 March 2018

Conducted

'Comversation in the street' Thame 31 March 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Thame 30 March 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Watlington 30 March 2018

Conducted

Pyrton Daffodil tea 25 March 2018

Attended

'Conversation in the street' Woodcote 24 March 2018

Conducted

Surgery Woodcote 24 March 2018

GWR Public Meeting Henley 23 March 2018

Attended and chaired

Stonor Park Tourism Week 23 March 2018

Attended

River & Rowing Museum Toursim Week 23 March 2018

Attended

Steve McManus Townlands Hospital 23 March 2018

Attended

'Conversation in the street' Tetsworth 17 March 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Thame 17 March 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Dorchester 17 March 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Whitchurch 17 March 2018

Conducted

Trinity School Henley 16 March 2018

Attended

Cystic Fibrosis sufferer meeting 16 March 2018

Attended

'Conversation in the street' Thame 15 March 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Little Milton 15 March 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Sonning Common 15 March 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Stoke Row 15 March 2018

Conducted

'Conversation in the street' Benson 15 March 2018

Conducted

Countryfile broadcast 10 March 2018

Broadcast

Convesration in the street Kirtlington 10 March 2018

Condcuted

Conversation in the street Weston on the Green 10 March 2018

Conducted

Fire Station Goring 10 March 2018

Attended

Conversation in the street Goring 10 March 2018

Conducted

Conversation in the street Henley 10 March 2018

Conducted

Reaction Engines Culham 9 March 2018

Attended

Henley College meeting 9 March 2018

Attended

Surgery Highmoor 9 March 2018

Meeting with Matt Hancock 7 March 2018

Attended

Chaired APPG for Fusion 6 March 2018

Attended and chaired

Ban the Shock Collar event 6 March 2018

Attended

Hosted delegation of Canadian MPs 5 March 2018

Hosted

Conversation in the street Henley 3 March 2018

Conducted

Conversation in the street Thame 3 March 2018

Conducted

Conversation in the street Benson 2 March 2018

Conducted

Benefit to Society 28 February 2018

Attended

Cystic Fibrosis roundtable 28 February 2018

Attended

Homes England meeting 27 February 2018

Attended

Woodstock Neighbourhood Plan 2 exibition 24 February 2018

Attended

Woodstock Convesration in the street 24 February 2018

Conducted

Thame Conversation in the street 24 February 2018

Conducted

Henley Conversation in the street 24 February 2018

Conducted

Tadcaster visit re Neighbourhood Planning 23 February 2018

Attended and spoke

BBC Radio Oxford 19 February 2018

Broadcast on buses

Conversation in the street Henley 17 February 2018

Conducted

Conversation in the street Thame 17 February 2018

Conducted

Surgery Chinnor 16 February 2018

Oxfordshire Better Broadband meeting 16 February 2018

Attended

Conversation in the street Henley 16 February 2018

Conducted

Meeting constituent Preston Crowmarsh 16 February 2018

Attended

Nettlebed Post Office Meeting 15 February 2018

Attended

Conversation in the street Henley 15 February 2018

Conducted

Meeting OMEGA 15 February 2018

Attended

Conversations in the street Henley 14 February 2018

Condcuted

Christmas Common roads meeting 14 February 2018

Attended

Conversations in the street Wheatley 13 February 2018

Conducted

Wheatley Village Archive 13 February 2018

Attended

'Conversations in the street Watlington' 13  February 2018

Conducted

'Conversations in the street Henley' 13 February 2018

Conducted

'Conversations in the street Henley 12 February 2018

Conducted

'Conversations in the street Thame' 11 February 2018

Conducted

'Conversations in the street Chinnor' 11 February 2018

Conducted

'Conversations in the street Henley' 11 February 2018

Conducted

Swyncombe Snowdrops 10 February 2018

Attended

Thame 9 February 2018

Meeting with constituent

Dorchester on Thames 9 February 2018

Meeting with constituent

Bletchingdon 9 Februarey 2018

Meeting with constituent

Weston on the Green 9 February 2018

Meeting with constituent

BBC Berkshire 9 February 2018

Broadcast on parking

BBC South Today 7 February 2018

Broadcast

Tokamak Energy Ltd 2 February 2018

Visited

Earth Trust 2 February 2018

Attended

Wheatley CofE Primary School 2 February 2018

Attended

ITV Meridian 1 February 2018

The Last Word

Business Meeting Henley 1 February 2018

Attended

Battersea Cats and Dogs Home 31 January 2018

Met

Council of Europe 21-26 January 2018

Attended

Surgery Henley 20 January 2018

Little Milton Neighbourhood Plan 19 January 2018

Attended

Kenton theatre visit 19 January 2018

Visited

Meeting on the 3rd Bridge, Highmoor 18 January 2018

Attended and spoke

Signed Holocaust Remembrance book 16 January 2018

Signed

Meeting Benson Neighbourhood Plan 13 January 2018

Attended

Meeting Cllr Batholomew 13 January 2018

Attended

Meeting Berrick Salome Parish Council 12 January 2018

Attended

Meeting with the Post Office 12 January 2018

Attended

Stoke Row school 12 January 2018

Attended

Meeting with Ukrainian MP 11 January 2018

Attended

Meeting constituent Stanton St John 5 January 2018

Attended

Watlington Neighbourhood Plan meeting 5 January 2018

Attended

Cistic Fibrosis meeting Goring 5 January 2018

Attended

BBC Berkshire 4 January 2018

Broadcast

Visit to Henley Fire Station 3 January 2018

Attended

With Santa in Thame 16 December 2017

Attended

Constituent meeting Merton 15 December 2017

Attended

Jack and the Beanstalk Oxford 14 December 2017

Attended charity performance

Dying to Work 12 December 2017

Attended

Learning how to spin wool Henley 9 December 2017

Attended

Watlington Christmas Tree Festival 9 December 2017

Attended

With the Chinnor Silver Band Thame 9 December 2017

Attended

Muscular Dystrophy concert Henley 7 December 2017

Gave prizes

BBC Berkshire 4 December 2017

Broadcast

BBC South Today 4 December 2017

Filmed

Leukaemia CARE Henley 2 December 2017

Attended

Benson Village Christmas Fayre 2 December 2017

Attended

Watlignton Christmas Street Fair 2 December 2017

Attended

Councillor surgery Thame 2 December 2017

Visited

Wheatley Post Office 1 December 2017

Attended

Wheatley Fire Station 1 December 2017

Attended

Wheatley Merry Bells surgery 1 December 2017

Attended

Cystic Fibrosis Event 29 November 2017

Attended

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust 29 Noveber 2017

Attended

Leonard Cheshire Disability event 29 November 2017

Attended

Henley Music School Competition Shiplake 26 November 2017

Attended and spoke

Bix Art and Craft Show 25 November 2017

Attended

Something Wicked, Henley 24 November 2017

Attended

Henley Business School 24 November 2017

Attended

RT Television 22 November 2017

Broadcast

ITV Meridien 22 November 2017

Broadcast

Watlington Primary School discussion with students 20 November 2017

Attended

Watlington Primary School Road Safety 20 November 2017

Attended

Thame Artists and Makers Fair 18 November 2017

Attended

Henley Market Place Fair 18 November 2017

Attended

Scamps, Benson 17 November 2017

Attended

Wheatley Park School 17 November 2017

Attended

Bletchingdon School 17 November 2017

Attended

Thame Remembrance 12 November 2017

Attended

Visit to Thame Charities Fair 4 November 2017

Visited

Visit to Neighbourhood Plan Exhibition Shiplake 4 November 2017

Visited

Discussion with constituents Henley 4 November 2017

Held

Visit to Ewelme School 3 November 2017

Visited

Visit to Horspath School 3 November 2017

Visited

Visit to Abbeywood School Berinsfield 3 November 2017

Visited

Meeting Thames Valley Air Ambulance 31 October 2017

Held

Surgery Thame 27 October 2017

Meeting with Culham group 27 October 2017

Attended

Meeting with CCG 27 October 2017

Attended and chaired

Bread and Roses Refugees Event 21 October 2017

Attended and spoke

Meeting re seat belts, Kirtlington 20 October 2017

Attended

Dr South's School Islip 20 October 2017

Attended

Langtree School Woodcote 20 October 2017

Attended

Rail Action Group Goring 19 October 2017

Attended

Chinese Delegation re ADR 19 October 2017

Attended and spoke

Childrens Heart Foundation 18 October 2017

Attended

Council of Europe 8- 13 October 2017

Attended

Councillor surgery 7 October 2017

Attended

Friends of the Earth Fayre Thame 7 October 2017

Attended

Thame St Mary's Fayre 7 Ocober 2017

Attended

Henley Literary Festival In conversation with Philippe Sands 6 October 2017

Attended

Chinnor RFC lunch 6 October 2017

Attended

Radio Oxford 6 October 2017

Broadcast

U3A Goring 5 October 2017

Attended

ITV News broadcast 2 October 2017

Undertaken

BBC News broadcast 2 October 2017

Undertaken

Hidden Henley Exhibition 29 September 2017

Attended

Cuxham Parish Council 29 September 2017

Attended

Chiltern Edge School 29 September 2017

Attended

Bishopswood School 29 September 2017

Attended

Benson Parish Council 28 September 2017

Attended

McDonalds 28 September 2017

Attended

Mediation symposium 27 September 2017

Attended

Cuddesdon Parish Council 26 September 2017

Attended

Oxfordshire Mind 26 September 2017

Attended

Airbus Helicopters 25 September 2017

Attended

Dorchester Parish Council 25 September 2017

Attended

Watlington Hoard Event 23 September 2017

Attended

Crowmarsh Neighbourhood Plan Exhibition 23 September 2017

Attended

Surgery Woodcote 23 September 2017

Constituent Chalgrove 22 September 2017

Met

Charlton on Otmoor School 22 September 2017

Attended

Enviornment Agency 20 September 2017

Met

South Stoke School 20 September 2017

Attended

Thame Business Forum 19 September 2017

Attended

Thame Cricket Club 19 September 2017

Attended

Woodcote Parish Council 19 September 2017

Attended

3rd bridge meeting 18 September 2017

Attended

Henley Food Festival 16 September 2017

Attended

Oxon CCG Health Meeting 15 September 2017

Chaired

SELF meeting 14 September 2017

Attended

Thame Mayor's Civic Service 10 Septembr 2017

Attended

Vale House Sandford 10 September 2017

Attended

Henley Show 9 September 2017

Attended

Breast Cancer Wear it Pink 6 September 2017

Attended

Regatta for the Disabled 2 September 2017

Attended

Meeting Prison Officers 23 August 2017

Attended

Meeting County Council 23 August 2017

Attended

Meeting Berinsfield Parish Council 22 August 2017

Attended

Thame Community Market Day 22 August 2017

Attended

Puiblic meeting South Stoke 21 August 2017

Attended and spoke

Meeting with Ewelme Residents 15 August 2017

Attended

Meeting with County Council 15 August 2017

Attended

Surgery Watlington 10 August 2017

Goring Neighbourhood Plan 8 August 2017

Attended

Constituent Goring 8 August 2017

Attended

Meeting GWR and Network Rail 8 August 2017

Attended

Benson Neghbourhood Plan Group 8 August 2017

Attended

Henley surgery 7 August 2017

Attended

Chinnor Parish Council 7 August 2017

Attended

Lighthouse Thame 26 July 2017

Attended

Gillotts School Henley 20 July 2017

Attended music concert

IFAW's Ivory event 18 July 2017

Attended

RIAT 15 July 2017

Attended

Surgery Dorchester on Thames 14 July 2017

Warborough School 14 July 2017

Attended for discussion with students

Meeting with the Police 14 July 2017

Attended

APPG for Dentistry anhd Oral Health 13 July 2017

Attended

BBC Radio 13 July 2017

Broadcast on Euratom

Cancer Research event, Parliament 12 July 2017

Attended

BBC TV 12 July 2017

Broadcast on Euratom

ITV Meridian 12 July 2017

Broadcast on 1st year of Mrs May

BBC Radio Berkshire 11 July 2017

Broadcast on Chiltern Edge School

Alzheimer's Awareness session 11 July 2017

Attended

BBC Radio Oxford 11 July 2017

Broadcast on Chiltern Edge School

Thame Town Music Festival 8 July 2017

Attended

Islip Village Fete 8 July 2017

Attended

Henley Festival 7 July 2017

Attended

Culham Science Centre 7 July 2017

Visited

Culham Show 2017 1 July 2017

Attended

Meeting Oxfordshire Fire Chief 29 June 2017

Attended

Council of Europe 25 June - 27 June 2017

Attended

Ewelme Church Fete 24 June 2017

Attended

Nettlebed Village Fete 24 June 2017

Attended

Tetsworth village fete 24 June 2017

Attended and supported Neighbourhood Plan

Meteor Choir Henley 24 June 2017

Attended and joined in

MP Sports Festival for Thame 23 June 2017

Attended and played

Met heads of Langtree and Gillotts 23 June 2017

Attended

Chaired meeting of Oxfordshire MPs and CCG 23 June 2017

Attended

ITV Meridian broadcast 21 June 2017

Broadcast on the Queen's Speech

NFU Parliamentary Reception 20 June 2017

Attended

BBC Radio Oxford Drive Time 12 June 2017

Broadcast future options of the Conservative Party

BBC Radio Oxord 12 June 2017

 Broadcast on position of Theresa May

Great Milton Village Fete 10 June 2017

Attended

ThameMayor's Dinner 29 April 2017

Attended

Council of Europe 23-27 April 2017

Attended

Thame Museum 10th anniversary 15 April 2017

Attended and spoke

Brakespear's new walks launch 12 April 2017

Attended

Eye and Dundsen meeting meeting 12 April 2017

Attended

Tiddington coffee morning 12 April 2017

Attended

Weston on the Green public meeting 11 April 2017

Attended

High Sheriff valedictory 10 April 2017

Attended

Meeting at Sydenham 7 April 2017

Attended

Meeting re broadband 7 April 2017

Attended

Henley Annual Town meeting 6 April 2017

Presented medals

Inside Out Checkendon 6 April 2017

Attended

Oxford Brookes TV debate 5 April 2017

Attended

Chinnor RFC 1 April 2017

Attended

Surgery Benson 31 March 2017

Riverside Counselling Henley 31 March 2017

Met

Visit to HMP Huntercombe 31 March 2017

Visited

MPs Health meeting with CCG 24 March 2017

Chaired and attended

Broadcast BBC Berkshire 23 March 2017

Broadcast on teror attack

Broadcast BBC Radio Oxford 22 March 2017

Broadcast on terror attack

Broadcast Radio 4 22 March 2017

Broadcast on terror attack

Meeting constituent 17 March 2017

Met

Meeting Green Belt campaigners 17 March 2017

Met and supported

BBC Radio Oxford 17 March 2017

Broadcast on EU nationals

Session with Bishop of Oxford 16 March 2017

Attended

Henley street surgery 11 March 2017

Attended

Visit to constituents in Elsfield 10 March 2017

Attended

Visit to Police 10 March 20017

Attended

World's Biggest Pub Quiz, Sydenham 5 March 2017

Quiz master

Trade Envoy visit to Nigeria 27 February - 1 March 2017

Attended

Dinner Oratory Prep school 25 February 2017

Attended

Meeting with farmers 24 February 2017

Attended

Opened Wheatley Post Office 24 February 2017

Attended

Meeting of the CCG 24 February 2017

Attended

Benson Patients Panel 23 February 2017

Attended

Brexit discussion meeting Henley 17 Febryary 2017

Attended

Surgery Dorchester on Thames 17 February 2017

Meeting David Hill and John Cotton 15 February 2017

Met

Brexit discussion meeting Thame 13 February 2017

Attended

Meeting John Taylor 13 February 2017

Met

Meeting Leader District Council 10 February 2017

Met

Meeting police Henley 10 February 2017

Met

Meeting Hart Surgery Henley 10 February 2017

Met

BBC Radio Oxford 9 February 2017

Broadcast on schools funding

South Today TV 8 February 2017

Broadcast on schools funding

Together for Short Lives 7 February 2017

Attended reception

Brexit Seminar 4 February 2017

Chaired session

Culham Fusion Centre 3 February 2017

Met

BBC Radio Oxford 3 February 2017

Broadcast on free military pensions

BBC Radio Oxford 2 February 2017

Broadcast on EU Bill

Watlington hoard 29 January 2017

Visited

Thame Kebab Van 28 January 2017

Supported

Council of Europe 22 January - 27 January 2017

Attended

Stonor Broadband 21 January 2017

Attended

Woodcote surgery 21 January 2017

Neighbourhood Planning Seminar 20 January 2017

Chaired

CPRE 20 January 2017

Met

Reed Smith Legal Fellowship 19 January 2017

Attended

That's Oxfordshire 13 January 2017

TV broadcast on mental health

Catapult, Harwell 13 January 2017

Visit

Oxfordshire County Council 7 January 2017

Meeting

Benson Housing Exhibition 6 January 2017

Visited

CABI 6 January 2017

Visit

South Oxfordshire Archaeological Society 19 December 2016

Met in House of Commons

Surgery Henley 17 December 2016

Attended

Shiplake Open Parish Meeting 16 December 2016

Attended and spoke

Thame Neighbourhood Plan meeting 16 December 2016

Attended

Henley Standard Christmas Party 15 December 2016

Attended

Goring Neighbourhood Plan Exhibition 10 December 2016

Attended

Surgery Chinnor 9 December 2016

Small Business Saturday Thame 3 Decemebr 2016

Attended and gave out prizes

NHS in Oxfordshire 2 December 2016

Attended

Kingston Blount Christmas Fayre 1 December 2016

Attended and sponsored

Henley Young Musicians Festival 27 November 2016

Attended

Leonard Cheshire Christmas Fair 26 November 2016

Attended

Henley Street Surgery 26 November 2016

Attended

GB Rowing dinner 25 November 2016

Attended

ITV Meridien 23 November 2016

Broadcast on Autumn Statement

Henley Christmas Fair 20 November 2016

Attended

Constituent in Chalgrove 18 November 2016

Met

Cleve Lodge Care Home Goring 18 November 2016

Visited

Gavin Barwell MP 16 November 2016

Meeting

Parliament Week 16 November 2016

Met

Gudie Dogs 16 November 2016

Meeting

Meningitis Now 16 November 2016

Meeting

Meeting on A34 15 November 2016

Attended

Opening of Chiltern Court Care Centre 15 November 2016

Attended

Remembrance Service Henley 12 November 2016

Attended

Surgery Watlington 11 November 2016

Watlington Primary School Remembrance 11 November 2016

Attended

Horspath Hub 11 November 2016

Attended

Icknield College Remembrance 11 November 2016

Attended

Meeting Dorchester Parish Council 10 November 2016

Met

Family Druig & Alcohol Court 7 November 2016

Sat during session

Chalgrove meeting on planning 4 November 2016

Attended

Lord William's School meeting 4 November 2016

Attended

Thame judges of GBHS 4 November 2016

Attended

Meeting with constituent, Nettlebed 4 November 2016

Attended

Opening of new apprentice unit Culham 3 November 2016

Attended and opened

Rainbow Nursery Watliington 28 October 2016

Attended meeting

Age UK meeting 28 October 2016

Attended

Woodcote Parish Council 28 October 2016

Attended

The Last Word ITV 27 October 2016

Broadcast

BBC South Today TV 26 October 2016

Broadcast on Heathrow

Radio Oxford 26 October 2016

Broadcast on Heathrow

Trafalgar Day Seas Cadets 23 October 2016

Attended

Chinnor RFC lunch 22 October 2016

Attended and spoke

Surgery Watlington 22 October 2016

Henley Music School 16 October 2016

Attended

Opened new gallery at Stuart Barr 8 October 2016

Opened

Visit to Aberdeen oil companies 5 October-6 October 2016

Attended

Conservative Party conference 2 October - 5 October 2016

Attended

Inauguration of the Bishop of Oxford 30 September 2016

Attended

Meeting Whitchurch 27 September 2016

Attended

Meeting Goring 27 September 2016

Attended

Meeting Sonning Common 26 September 2016

Attended

Meeting Berinsfield 26 September 2016

Attended

Chinnor Stroke Club 26 September 2016

Attended

Meeting Chinnor 26 September 2016

Attended

Opened lifts at Goring Station 26 September 2016

Opened

Opened Thame Food Festival 24 September 2016

Opened

Meeting Chalgrove 23 September 2016

Attended

Meeting Watlington 23 September 2016

Attended

Meeting Little Milton 23 September 2016

Attended

Meeting Weston on the Green 22 September 2016

Attended

Meeting Bletchingdon 22 September 2016

Attended

Meeting Islip 22 September 2016

Attended

Council of Europe visit to Kiev 18 September-20 September 2016

Attended

Surgery Woodcote 17 September 2016

Henley Heroes reception 17 September 2016

Attended