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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 speaks on climate change in the Queen's Speech debate.

In any debate in the Chamber an MP may only speak once. In the debate on the Queen’s Speech I chose to make my contribution in discussion on climate change issues. You can read my contribution on the link on the Parliament tab on this site.

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.

John joins Sustainable Kirtlington to celebrate Clean Energy project

John joined the Sustainable Kirtlington Group to celebrate the opening of their Clean Energy Project at the Village Hall. The project involved the intallation of 32 solar pv panels on the roof or the villlage hall, a battery to store excess energy and 2 electric vehicle charging points.

John meets with Watlington Climate Action Group

John met with members of Watlington Climate Action group to hear about their particular concerns and answer questions. The evening was attend by about 40 people from Watlington and surrounding villages.

John comments on proposal to abolish independent schools.

A number of local schools have asked their parents to write to me about the disastrous Labour policy to abolish independent schools. I have written to the Heads of these schools to let them know my views and I am happy to set them out here.

John presents honour to the French town of Suresnes

On behalf of the Council of Europe, John presented an important European award – the Plaquette d’honneur - to the French town of Suresnes, near Paris. The Plaquette d’honneur is one of the chief components of the Europe Prize awarded by the Council of Europe to the city or town which has shown th

John comments on the Domestic Abuse Bill

Last Wednesday, the landmark Domestic Abuse Bill passed its Second Reading in Parliament. The Bill introduces the first ever statutory definition of domestic abuse, recognising that abuse can take many different forms – including psychological, physical, sexual, economic and emotional.

John speaks on labour migration at the Council of Europe

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe debated a report from the Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons Committee which suggested that concerted action should be taken by the countries of origin of labour migrants and the European countries where they come to work, in order to all