John Howell MP celebrates Thank a Teacher Day

This Thank a Teacher Day, Wednesday 19th June, I paid tribute to teachers across the Henley Constituency, whose hard work means that more children are gaining the education they need to get on in life.

Speech on International Humanitarian Law

John Howell (Henley) (Con)

It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Bone, and a great pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Cynon Valley (Ann Clwyd). I thoroughly agreed with much of her speech, and I will comment on some of the things she said.

Supporting unpaid carers

I have pledged my support to unpaid carers across the Henley constituency as part of Carers Week 2019, running from 10-16 June.

Speech on school funding

On the Wednesday before the recess, I submitted a petition to the House that had been signed by just under 1,000 residents of Henley. I will not read it out, but I hope the Minister will agree that it is a friendly petition. I am concerned about the gap between the enormous figures that are increasingly being put into education and what is actually happening on the ground in schools.

Statement on Neighbourhood Plans in South Oxfordshire

I can understand concerns resulting from a report in the Henley Standard that the withdrawal of the Local Plan would render all Neighbourhood Plans null and void. However, I do not believe that the situation is as stated.

New approach to poverty

The past few weeks have been overwhelming in politics. We have lost a Prime Minister. We have also had European elections which had some of the characteristics of a second referendum. The physical outcome of the election was clear with both Labour and the Conservatives doing badly.

Speech on school funding petition

I present a petition that has been signed by just under 1,000 residents of Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire and friends of the schools in the Henley area to try to remove, once and for all, issues over school funding.