Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Pupils grill MP on plans for re-election

IF he is re-elected next week, John Howell plans to celebrate with a ?big glass of wine? and a holiday.

IF he is re-elected next week, John Howell plans to celebrate with a ?big glass of wine? and a holiday.

The Henley MP, who won the seat for the Conservatives with a 16,588 majority at the last general election in 2010, revealed his intentions during a talk to pupils at St Mary?s School in St Andrew?s Road, Henley, on Monday.

He spoke at assembly about his job and the role of Parliament before members of the school council asked him questions.

When he revealed his holiday plans, the children suggested places he could go, including Portugal, Nice, Lanzarote, Canada, Scotland and Wales.

Asked ?Why are you important??, Mr Howell replied: ?I don?t think I?m important actually, I think the job is important. We need to make laws for the country and to look after the interests of people here.? Asked if working hard at school had helped him, the MP said it had.

His first job after university was as an archaeologist and, he said, his best find was a cemetery in eastern Poland where headless bodies were discovered.

Asked which football team he supported, Mr Howell said he didn?t support a team but his wife Alison was a Burnley fan. ?I suppose if I was pushed into saying who I would support, it would probably have to be Oxford United,? he said.

He also mentioned the man he succeeded, Boris Johnson, who is standing for election in West Ruislip.

?I thoroughly enjoy being an MP and hope I can continue to do it,? said Mr Howell. ?My predecessor went off to become Mayor of London but he?s trying to get into Parliament again.?

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