August 2019 Newsletter from John Howell MP for Henley

By the time this newsletter is published the summer break will have ended and we will be back to normal – whatever that is these days. When Parliament returns it is anybody’s guess what will happen and in the vacuum of the silly season the media are promulgating all sorts of scenarios.

During the recess I spent quite a bit of time knocking on doors in a number of streets in a range of towns and villages across the constituency. I took a random selecting of streets so that I could get a spread of views and a feel for the national, international and local issues that were on people’s minds. It is good to talk to people at times other than when campaigning for an election. It gives an opportunity for me to find out what really matters to people and to discuss issues.

I know that many people are disenchanted with politics and that the behaviour of some politicians over the months has led to a low view of all. Let me assure you that some politicians, including me, are as fed up with colleagues as the public are. I share many of the frustrations of recent times especially what seems to be constant jockeying for opportunities for self-promotion rather than a willingness to tackle the tasks in hand. I am also frustrated at efforts to interfere with democratic process to achieve what sometimes seems to be personal views. And, although the choice of our new Prime Minister and process of selection were not favoured by all, now that he is in post I believe we should give him a chance. We are in difficult times, but it is clear to me that people are fed up with the current uncertainty. I very much agree with this. Uncertainty can be very debilitating, and most situations are much easier to deal with once you know just what you are dealing with.

When Parliament returns after the recess I will be much more limited in the time I have to knock on doors, however I will continue to do so when I can. I will also continue to make time to meet with constituents who want to discuss something with me. If you have an issue or concern relating to Parliament which you would like to discuss please email or phone my office. Depending on the issue or concern sometimes one of my team will be able to assist more quickly than me, especially if you have a problem that needs our help in contacting a government department to resolve the matter. You can email me at howelljm@parliament.uk, phone on 0207 219 6676 or 01491 613072 or write to me at the House of Commons (House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA) or my constituency office (PO Box 84, Watlington, OX49 5XD).

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