Opinions

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

Many of you are understandably concerned about the ongoing situation with the coronavirus which is affecting all of us in many different ways. The situation is rapidly evolving and many people have emailed me with questions and views on how the situation should be handled.

Early Day Motions

Early Day Motions (EDMs) are motions that formally call for debate in the House of Commons on a day which has not been fixed. This means that few, if any, are debated.  Along with many colleagues on both sides of the House I do not sign EDMs.

Oxford-Cambridge Expressway

The idea of an Oxford-Cambridge Expressway was first set out in the Department of Transport Road Investment Strategy in 2015 at the time of the coalition between the Conservatives and the Liberal-Democrats.

SODC Local Plan

The situation with regard to SODC’s continuing ownership of its Local Plan could be easily solved by SODC.  All it needs to do is allow the Plan to continue to examination in public before a Planning Inspector and for the Council to add potentially significant amendments and modifications for the

Trophy Hunting

I truly believe that, as sentient beings who can experience fear and pain, all animals should be treated with thought and care. Trophy hunting involves pursuing an animal in conditions which cause that animal large amounts of stress, fear, and ultimately pain.

Protecting oceans

Our oceans are currently facing unprecedented challenges.  These include climate change and over-fishing. It also includes the prevalence of plastics. That is why it is more important than ever to take action to ensure our seas are healthy, abundant and resilient.

Brexit Day

At 11pm on Friday night, the United Kingdom left the European Union after some 47 years. This marked the delivery of the vote taken in the Referendum and the start of a new phase of our history. 

John comments on Green Belt protection

In a recent letter to Broxtowe Borough Council, the Minster for Housing has again set out the Government’s attitude to the Green Belt.  She has again stressed the commitment of Government to the Green Belt and to the need for ‘exceptional circumstances’ to justify changing boundaries.  The argume

John comments of Secretary of State's action on SODC Local Plan

The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has written to South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) to say that he wants more time to discuss the emerging Local Plan with the council and whether he should call it in either in whole or in part.