December 2021 Newsletter from John Howell MP for Henley

As this year draws to a close and we look to a new year it is inevitable that we both reflect on the old and look to the new. As we do the latter I wonder if you would take a proverbial ‘glass half full or half empty’ view for 2022? Our viewpoint impacts on the way in which we approach things as we try to move on in the coming year. Personally, I take a ‘glass half full view and look to the new year with bags of optimism. I wish everyone the very best for the coming year, especially good health.

We have made enormous positive strides this year in dealing with a very difficult time and I thank all those who have looked after us both within the health service and outside of it. People in many different walks of like have risen to the challenge and done a sterling job. I also pay tribute too to those who have put up with so much horrendous messaging and intimidation when most have done nothing more than try their best to do their job. In the course of 2021, some events have really stood out for me. Remembrance Day in both Henley and Thame were well attended and very special events. Although the primary focus is always to remember the sacrifice of those who have died in wars to defend our freedoms, it was difficult not to also to remember those we have lost in the last two years. I expect the experience was similar right across the constituency. It was also a sad year as we said goodbye to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and remembered his service and his dedication to the Queen and the country.

As we look forward to 2022 I have some firm hopes and wishes in mind. First, I hope we learn to deal with Covid-19 in an even better and smarter way as we continue on the journey from pandemic to endemic. There will be other variants for sure and let us hope we continue to deal with them successfully. Second, I hope that we can show real progress in dealing with climate change and that we do so in a way that enhances our joy of living. It is great to see so many community action groups being set up across the constituency and beyond. People coming together to work to tackle climate change, all doing what we can. Third, I hope that we can learn to live with each other in a better way. It is no bad thing that people feel strongly on certain issues, but it is sad when the strength of feelings held lead to actions that adversely impact on others. This may seem a tall order, but I would like to see mutual trust and respect restored right across society and that we recognise the impact that the absence of this has caused for many.

Parliament will go into recess for the Christmas period and will return early in the New Year. No doubt there will be some challenging issues to debate with strongly felt views. I am always interested to know the views of constituents even if we agree to differ. If there is an issue that concerns you please do share your thoughts. Email is the easiest way in you have access to that. My email address is howelljm@parliament.uk. Alternatively, you can write to at the House of Commons (House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA) or my constituency office (PO Box 84, Watlington, OX49 5XD).

If you would like to know more about my work on behalf of the Government and the Constituency please do look at my website which is regularly updated. The address is http://www.johnhowellmp.com. Further details of the work of Parliament is available on the parliament website at http://www.parliament.uk. My best wishes to you all for 2022