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John Howell

Conservative - Henley


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Significant Henley Petitions

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
238,884
Petition Closed

Extend maternity leave by 3 months with pay in light of COVID-19

Gov Responded - 14 May 2020 Debated on - 5 Oct 2020 View John Howell's petition debate contributions
20 Oct 2020
closed 1 month, 2 weeks ago

In light of the recent outbreak and lock down, those on maternity leave should be given 3 extra months paid leave, at least. This time is for bonding and social engaging with other parents and babies through baby groups which are vital for development and now everything has been cancelled.

107,436
Petition Closed

Extend the transition; delay negotiations until after the coronavirus outbreak

Gov Responded - 9 Apr 2020 Debated on - 5 Oct 2020 View John Howell's petition debate contributions
10 Sep 2020
closed 2 months, 3 weeks ago

The government should consider delaying negotiations so they can concentrate on the coronavirus situation and reduce travel of both EU and UK negotiators. This would necessitate extending the transition period; as there can only be a one off extension, this should be for two years.

105,421
Petition Closed

Public inquiry into the bias in the BBC

Gov Responded - 14 Jan 2019 Debated on - 15 Jul 2019 View John Howell's petition debate contributions
17 Jun 2019
closed 1 year, 5 months ago

The impartiality of the BBC is in question and needs addressing so as to protect its charter

171,982
Petition Closed

Continue to fund free TV licences for the over 75 in the future.

Gov Responded - 24 Jun 2019 Debated on - 15 Jul 2019 View John Howell's petition debate contributions
17 Jun 2019
closed 1 year, 5 months ago

Removing them will only penalize the poorest old age pensioners, many who rely on their television for company and their main source of entertainment.

246,736
Petition Closed

Abolish the BBC television license.

Gov Responded - 26 Jun 2019 Debated on - 15 Jul 2019 View John Howell's petition debate contributions
20 Jun 2019
closed 1 year, 5 months ago

The quality of BBC programmes do not reflect the price of the TV license. It is far too expensive for the majority of people and should be abolished.

153,506
Petition Closed

Make online homophobia a specific criminal offence

Gov Responded - 28 Mar 2019 Debated on - 1 Jul 2019 View John Howell's petition debate contributions
12 Aug 2019
closed 1 year, 3 months ago

As a gay man I find it devastating how members of the LGBT community are still subjected to homophobic abuse online.

108,144
Petition Closed

NHS supply new lifesaving drugs for Cystic Fibrosis like 11 other EU countries

Gov Responded - 7 Dec 2018 Debated on - 10 Jun 2019 View John Howell's petition debate contributions
16 May 2019
closed 1 year, 6 months ago

Children & young adults with CF endure lifelong suffering & early death. They need Orkambi and other precision medicines as they are developed. Sufferers in the EU, US & Australia can access the drugs, but not the UK. Hundreds have died in the 3yrs since these drugs were licensed.

115,723
Petition Closed

People found with a knife to get 10 years and using a knife 25 years in prison.

Gov Responded - 14 Mar 2019 Debated on - 25 Mar 2019 View John Howell's petition debate contributions
3 Jun 2019
closed 1 year, 6 months ago

People are scared of the amount of knife crime with apparently very little deterent to stop people carrying knifes.

118,050
Petition Closed

Give parents the right to opt their child out of Relationship and Sex Education

Gov Responded - 9 Jan 2019 Debated on - 25 Feb 2019 View John Howell's petition debate contributions
18 Jun 2019
closed 1 year, 5 months ago

We believe it is the parent’s fundamental right to teach their child RSE topics or to at least decide who teaches them and when and how they are taught. We want the right to opt our children out of RSE when it becomes mandatory in Sept 2020.

187,902
Petition Closed

School should start at 10am as teenagers are too tired

Gov Responded - 22 Mar 2019 Debated on - 11 Feb 2019 View John Howell's petition debate contributions
4 Apr 2019
closed 1 year, 8 months ago

Teenagers are so tired due to having to wake up very early to get to school. The Government should require secondary schools to start later, which will lead to increased productivity at school.

205,359
Petition Closed

Lower the age for smear tests from 25 to 18 to prevent cervical cancer.

Gov Responded - 13 Sep 2018 Debated on - 28 Jan 2019 View John Howell's petition debate contributions
3 Feb 2019
closed 1 year, 10 months ago

Hi I'm Natasha, I am making this petition because I want to make a difference to all woman living in the UK.

I am 30 years old and I have metastatic cervical cancer. I believe that the age of screening should be lowered to age 18 to enable all woman to detect cell changes and prevent cancer.

307,897
Petition Closed

Ban the sale of fireworks to the public. Displays for licenced venues only.

Gov Responded - 21 Nov 2018 Debated on - 26 Nov 2018 View John Howell's petition debate contributions
30 Apr 2019
closed 1 year, 7 months ago

Every year fireworks are set off unnecessarily.
Fireworks are a nuisance to the public. They scare animals, young children and people with a phobia.
They injure thousands of people every year.
They cause damage to buildings, vehicles,emergancy vehicles etc.
Lastly Kids are STILL being sold them.

128,001
Petition Closed

Require supermarkets to offer a plastic-free option for all their fruit & veg.

Gov Responded - 7 Nov 2018 Debated on - 12 Nov 2018 View John Howell's petition debate contributions
21 Dec 2018
closed 1 year, 11 months ago

In response to the problem of an ever-increasing amount of plastic waste polluting our environment, we need to make supermarkets offer an option of no packaging or eco-friendly packaging for each item of fresh fruit and vegetables they sell.

105,362
Petition Closed

Create a new independent welfare body to protect racehorses from abuse and death

Gov Responded - 19 Mar 2018 Debated on - 15 Oct 2018 View John Howell's petition debate contributions
13 Aug 2018
closed 2 years, 3 months ago

The British Horseracing Authority is responsible for race horse welfare. But around 200 horses die each year due to racing in Britain. We urge the government to set up an independent regulatory body, with horse welfare as its only interest, which will take meaningful action to stop horses dying.

107,352
Petition Closed

Reclassify the theft of a pet to a specific crime in its own right.

Gov Responded - 27 Feb 2018 Debated on - 2 Jul 2018 View John Howell's petition debate contributions
8 Aug 2018
closed 2 years, 4 months ago

Review the sentencing guidelines for theft offences, so that where the theft of a family pet is involved, monetary value is irrelevant for the categorisation of the crime for sentencing purposes.

Ensure Police Forces are given appropriate guidance and training to record and investigate cases.

170,981
Petition Closed

Give the electorate a referendum on the abolition of the House of Lords

Gov Responded - 15 May 2018 Debated on - 18 Jun 2018 View John Howell's petition debate contributions
17 Jul 2018
closed 2 years, 4 months ago

The House of Lords is a place of patronage where unelected and unaccountable individuals hold a disproportionate amount of influence and power which can be used to frustrate the elected representatives of the people

109,553
Petition Closed

Ban the sale of animal fur in the UK.

Gov Responded - 28 Nov 2017 Debated on - 4 Jun 2018 View John Howell's petition debate contributions
23 Mar 2018
closed 2 years, 8 months ago

Fur farming was banned in England and Wales in 2000, followed by Scotland in 2002. However fur products can still be legally imported from other countries and sold here in the UK. Much of this fur comes from countries that have very weak or no animal welfare laws at all.

148,248
Petition Closed

Ban the sale of puppies by pet shops & all commercial 3rd party dealers.

Gov Responded - 20 Mar 2018 Debated on - 21 May 2018 View John Howell's petition debate contributions
1 Sep 2018
closed 2 years, 3 months ago

Removing puppies for sale from litter & mum often creates sick, traumatised, dysfunctional dogs. Puppies should be seen with their mum & transporting them to a different place for sale harms welfare. Regulating commercial 3rd party sales is ineffective to prevent harm & a ban is therefore necessary.

156,835
Petition Closed

Call on PM to take action to build public trust in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry

Gov Responded - 5 Jan 2018 Debated on - 14 May 2018 View John Howell's petition debate contributions
30 May 2018
closed 2 years, 6 months ago

Bereaved families & survivors call on PM to exercise her powers under the Inquiries Act 2005 to appoint additional panel members with decision making power to sit alongside Chair in Grenfell Tower Inquiry: to ensure those affected have confidence in & are willing to fully participate in the Inquiry

180,482
Petition Closed

Amnesty for anyone who was a minor that arrived In Britain between 1948 to 1971

Gov Responded - 23 May 2018 Debated on - 30 Apr 2018 View John Howell's petition debate contributions
6 Oct 2018
closed 2 years, 2 months ago

Windrush Generation were invited as settlers and as British subjects. Minors also had the right to stay.We call on the government to stop all deportations, change the burden of proof and establish an amnesty for anyone who was a minor.The government should also provide compensation for loss & hurt.

165,932
Petition Closed

Change the GCSE English Literature exam from closed book to open book.

Gov Responded - 6 Feb 2018 Debated on - 26 Mar 2018 View John Howell's petition debate contributions
18 Mar 2018
closed 2 years, 8 months ago

Last year, lots of students struggled with GCSE English Literature as it was a closed book exam. Because of this many failed. How can they expect us to remember quotes from 15 poems, plus how to analyse them, plus remembering the whole plot, themes, characters and quotes from another book.

269,157
Petition Closed

Put pressure on Libya to take action to stop enslavement of Black Africans.

Gov Responded - 13 Dec 2017 Debated on - 18 Dec 2017 View John Howell's petition debate contributions
22 May 2018
closed 2 years, 6 months ago

CNN has released video footage of a black Africans being sold into slavery in Libya. I am asking the UK government to put pressure on the Libyan government to take immediate action to stop these criminals from selling more people, to set current prisoners free, arrest the criminals and end this.


Most recent EDMs signed by John Howell

Date Tabled Title Signatures
4 Jun 2018
John Howell signed this EDM on Tuesday 4th September 2018

CYSTIC FIBROSIS TRUST CAMPAIGN

Tabled by: Mike Penning (Conservative - Hemel Hempstead)
That this House commends the efforts of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust in campaigning for access to the precision medicine Orkambi; recognises that the campaign has been ongoing for nearly three years; further recognises the urgency of the situation as every month that passes is critical for people with cystic fibrosis; …
82 signatures
(Most recent: 29 Nov 2018)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 34
Conservative: 14
Democratic Unionist Party: 8
Independent: 8
Liberal Democrat: 8
Scottish National Party: 6
The Independent Group for Change: 2
Plaid Cymru: 2
Non-affiliated: 1
Green Party: 1
26 Jun 2017
John Howell signed this EDM as a sponsor on Thursday 29th June 2017

CHILTERN EDGE SCHOOL

Tabled by: Matt Rodda (Labour - Reading East)
That this House believes that Chiltern Edge School should remain open; is concerned that Oxfordshire County Council is consulting on its closure; notes that this is a much loved school and that there is a growing need for school places in the area; and supports the wishes of parents, teachers …
5 signatures
(Most recent: 29 Jun 2017)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 2
Conservative: 1
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Scottish National Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

John Howell has not been granted any Urgent Questions in the current sitting

John Howell has not been granted any Adjournment Debates in the current sitting

2 Bills introduced by John Howell


A Bill to make provision for the effect of an apology in certain legal proceedings.


Last Event - 1st reading: House of Commons
Tuesday 1st December 2020
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Next Event - 2nd reading: House of Commons
Friday 5th March 2021

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to limit the grounds of appeal against decisions on planning applications consistent with a neighbourhood development plan or local plan; and for connected purposes


Last Event - 1st reading: House of Commons
Tuesday 4th December 2018
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John Howell has not supported any legislation in the current parliamentary sitting