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06 FEB 2018

Robert Courts MP Speaks up for Community-led Planning

Robert Courts MP contributed to a recent Parliamentary debate on 'Housing and Planning in the Green Belt', where he spoke up for the interests of West Oxfordshire. Robert emphasised the need for local communities to be deeply involved in the planning process and how it is essential that new develop...

26 OCT 2017

Robert Courts MP Continues his Campaign for Tougher Punishment for Animal Cruelty Offenders

Since entering Parliament, Robert Courts MP has campaigned for tougher punishment for those who commit acts of animal cruelty. Robert therefore welcomed the Government's recent announcement that the maximum sentence for worst acts of animal cruelty will be increased tenfold, from six-months to five...

25 OCT 2017

Robert Courts MP supports Macmillan's World's Biggest Coffee Morning

Robert Courts MP showed his support for Macmillan Cancer Support last week by attending a World's Biggest Coffee Morning event in Parliament. The occasion marked the launch of a new report, 'Am I Meant To Be Okay Now?: Stories of Life After Treatment', that focuses on the challenges people face afte...

18 OCT 2017

Robert Courts MP asks the Prime Minister about Armed Forces Mental Health

During Prime Minister's Questions this week, I asked the Prime Minister to join me in celebrating the new mental health initiative aimed at supporting members of the Armed Forces. The Armed Forces and mental health are two of my biggest priorities, and I welcome the initiative between the MoD and t...

18 OCT 2017

Robert Hosts Debate on Oxfordshire Healthcare

I was pleased to host a Westminster Hall debate on the Future of Healthcare in Oxfordshire yesterday.  Local healthcare has been my top priority since being elected and I was glad to bring these critical matters before Parliament. I made clear my disapproval over the lack proper consultation t...

11 OCT 2017

Robert Courts MP Speaks in Debate on Baby Loss

The death of a child is the most devastating loss that can happen to any parent.  Baby loss is often a hidden subject.   Too many babies are being lost and too many parents are not receiving the support they need - both during and after pregnancy. To mark Baby Loss Awareness Wee...

21 JUL 2017

Robert appears on BBC Radio 4's Today programme regarding Grenfell response and fire safety

Yesterday, the Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, gave a statement in the House of Commons to provide an update on the Grenfell Tower tragedy. After the statement, I asked the Secretary of State what steps he will take to ensure that all housing associations send in samples for fire safety tests. ...

19 JUL 2017

Robert Courts MP Speaks on the Future of the Armed Forces

I spoke in today's Westminster Hall debate on the future of the Armed Forces and made the case for increased flexibility in our Armed Forces, as exemplified at RAF Brize Norton. I will always do everything I can to support our brave men and women in the Armed Forces. You can watch my speech below:...

11 JUL 2017

Robert Courts MP Speaks in Broadband Debate

I spoke in last night's debate on the Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill where I emphasised the importance of fast, reliable broadband to the people and businesses of West Oxfordshire. I welcome the work the Government is doing to rollout superfast broadband around the UK and will at all times ...

02 MAY 2017

Robert Courts MP responds to the Government's white paper on housing

I have today submitted my formal response to the Government's 'Fixing the Broken Housing Market' white paper, which suggests exciting ways in which the Government will enable more houses to be built, more quickly and more affordably for the younger generation which need them. You can read my full r...

31 MAR 2017

Minister agrees to discuss housing Carterton

Carterton is home to a large amount of RAF housing and land that is due to become available for much-needed housing. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State has agreed to meet with me to discuss ways this land can be released urgently to build this vital housing. Read my question to the Ministe...

23 MAR 2017

Westminster Attack

Thank you everyone for your messages of support since the terrible events yesterday. It is beyond comprehension that the voices of hate and evil can attack a place that is not only a forum for peaceful debate, but can injure or even kill innocent members of the public - even schoolchildren - all of ...

13 MAR 2017

Robert responds to the Budget

I today responded to the recent Budget announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.  I welcomed proposals to invest in skills; West Oxfordshire is home to many world-leading businesses, but for many years there has not been sufficient training in place for the young people working in these bus...

13 MAR 2017

Communication for soldiers posted overseas

After raising this matter already with Minister through written question, I today asked the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence about how he plans to invest the savings made through the cancellation of the e-bluey contract. I was glad to read that there is now nowhere overseas where ...

07 MAR 2017

Pressing for fair funding for West Oxfordshire Schools

  Today I had personal meeting with Schools Minister Nick Gibb to lobby for fair funding for West Oxfordshire's schools under proposed formula.

07 MAR 2017

Meeting with Jeremy Hunt over Deer Park Surgery

My campaign on the Deer Park Surgery continued with a meeting today with the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP. I made him very aware of the importance of this surgery to Witney.      

06 MAR 2017

Delighted to be elected as Chair of APPG for Small & Micro Businesses

Small business is the lifeblood of our economy and a driver of employment and campaigning for them has been a priority for me. I was therefore delighted to have been elected as Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Small & Micro Businesses.  

02 MAR 2017

Robert raises the question of how West Oxfordshire farming communities will benefit from increased funding

I asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how food and farming communities in rural West Oxfordshire will benefit the Prime Minister's planned investment of £4.7 into innovation by 2021. I was pleased to hear the Minister speak of the Government's agri-tech strategy worth &poun...

02 MAR 2017

Question raised on agri-tech strategy

Following the statement from the Prime Minister about plans to invest £4.7 billion in innovation by 2021, I asked George Eustice MP, Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, to explain how the food and farming communities of rural West Oxfordshire could look forward to benef...

01 MAR 2017

Bus Services Bill

During the debate on the Bus Services Bill, I raised the issue of the absence of rural bus services in West Oxfordshire, which causes many difficulties for people in hard-to-reach areas; I referred to the Our Bus Bartons bus company and the Villager Community Bus who have volunteers who step in...

27 FEB 2017

New methods of construction

Today, I raised a question with the Minister for Housing about the benefits of custom built homes, which can be built more quickly and cheaply.  The Minister agreed that new methods such as this are a way to get vital new homes built. Read this full exchange here.

09 FEB 2017

Debate on International Trade and New Zealand

I asked the Secretary of State for International Trade about the future of trade and investment between the UK and New Zealand. Having lived and worked in New Zealand, I asked the Minister to agree with me that we should be looking foward to a significant increase in trade between Britain and New Z...

09 FEB 2017

Urgent Question - Unaccompained Child Refugees

I spoke in the Urgent Question debate about unaccompained child refugees.  Of course the UK should take refugees, however local councils need to have the resources to look after the children, families and adults they take.  This does not just mean money, but other resources such as transla...

06 FEB 2017

Meeting with the Minister about Business Rates

Today I met with Greg Clark MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to discuss the impacts of changes to business rates on small businesses based in West Oxfordshire.  

01 FEB 2017

Debate on Inward Investment

I spoke in this debate and referred to the fact the main parties in Northern Ireland have endorsed the devolution of corporation tax powers to the Assembly, which would have a transformative effect on the economy of Northern Ireland; I asked the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Kris Hopkins M...

31 JAN 2017

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill

I spoke in this debate and gave my support to the above Bill The Bill is intended to give the Government the power that they need in order to begin negotiations. It is a legal mechanism to enact what the British people decided in the referendum. It is not about the detail of the negotiation, and it...

31 JAN 2017

Debate on Self Employment

In this debate, I referred to the many self-employed businesses in rural areas of West Oxfordshire and asked for assurance from the Minister for Small Business, Margot James MP, that the Government will continue to make it easier to start and grow a business by deregulating, creating an attractive t...

31 JAN 2017

Meeting Deer Park Patient Participation Group

  I met with representatives from the Deer Park Patient Participation Group in Parliament to discuss the latest updates surrounding the Medical Centre

30 JAN 2017

Pension Schemes Bill

I spoke in this important debate on pensions. The Government's strides towards automatic enrolment have gone a great way, but there is a need for further work.  The types of master trust available are important, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises. Their concerns are regulation...

26 JAN 2017

Question posed on defence cooperation post Brexit

I referred to the fact that in my constituency, we are lucky to see the excellent Airbus A400M as it flies from RAF Brize Norton. I asked the Minister of State, the Rt Hon David Jones MP whether he agreed that this is an excellent example of defence ‚Äč co-operation between Britain and her European...

26 JAN 2017


I asked for confirmation from the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Middle East and Africa) Tobias Ellwood MP that the UK remains fully committed to diplomatic efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Yemen.  The Minister said that is ...

26 JAN 2017

Welcoming Witney's Springfield School

I really enjoyed welcoming Witney's Springfield School to Parliament for a tour. The educational value for young people of a visit to the 'Mother of all Parliaments' is enormous. I have asked that any other school wanting to come to email me! 

26 JAN 2017

27th January is Holocaust Memorial Day

  Tomorrow is Holocaust Memorial Day. I have signed the Holocaust UK book of remembrance and today attended the deeply moving ceremony of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. This charity promotes and supports the commemoration in the UK    

26 JAN 2017

Excellence in Volunteering

Volunteering in the UK is one of the traditions of which we should be most proud and I have been pleased to do my bit with the Air Ambulance.  It is important to celebrate excellence in volunteering & fundraising for charities, as at the Institute of Fundraising's event in Westminster....

23 JAN 2017

Trident Test Firing

I asked the Secretary of State for Defence to agree that, much as there is no doubt about the valour of the men and women of the Royal Navy who keep us safe, we must equally use discretion when talking about the weapons systems that they use to keep us safe. The Secretary of State agreed with me and...

18 JAN 2017

Ribble Valley flooding debate and the misery caused

This was an important debate about the flooding that happened in the Ribble Valley a year or so ago. A number of members shared experiences and issues were raised, such as the need for early payment of insurance, improving resilience and being better prepared, spreading best practice of the emergenc...

17 JAN 2017

Leaving the EU: debate on the Rural Economy

During this debate, I said that it was incumbent on all of us to remember that, although the countryside is beautiful, it is not a living museum or a frozen Constable painting; that there are real jobs and real livelihoods in the countryside, and they are extremely important. I reminded the Ministe...

11 JAN 2017

Debate on NHS and Social Care Funding

During this debate, I made the point during the speech by Jenny Chapman that it is incumbent on all of us to discuss the future of our NHS and our healthcare services responsibly; that when the Secretary of State is talking about where people go for their services, it is not a question of blame; tha...

10 JAN 2017

Question on reconstruction of Mosul

Today, I asked the Minister to tell me what Britain is doing to ensure that the lessons of the past are learnt, and that proper stabilisation and reconstruction planning is in place for Mosul once that city is liberated?  Mr Ellwood agreed with me and said that we did not learn the lessons, or...

09 JAN 2017

Mental Health and NHS Performance

In this debate, I mentioned my recent visit to the Bridewell organic gardens, the award-winning charity in my constituency that improves the mental wellbeing of those suffering from a range of mental health conditions. I welcomed the Prime Minister's announcement raising awareness of the ongoing sti...

03 JAN 2017

FSB sets its new year priorities, including for Brexit

The Federation of Small Business has set out its five key areas in its efforts to help influence our leaving the EU. Read their Policy Director, Martin McTague here One point made is to seek assurance about EU structural funds. The Government has made several statements about the current programmes...

17 DEC 2016

Important debate on Andy Tsege and other nationals imprisoned abroad

  I attended this important debate today on the case of Andy Tsege and other UK nationals imprisoned abroad and put a question regarding the role and importance of British policy in this area

15 DEC 2016

Robert Courts raises problems of patchy coverage in West Oxfordshire during broadband debate

Campaigning for 100% broadband for West Oxfordshire is one of my priorities. So much depends these days on having fast internet connexion.  In the debate on the Broadband Universal Service Obligation in the Commons, I raised the problem of patchy and, in some cases, non-existent broadband cover...

14 DEC 2016

Key role of Local Councils in helping prevent Homelessness

In this important debate on Homelessness today, I pointed to the critical work of local authoriites, such as West Oxfordshire, in preventing Homelessness and to the success it has achieved.

13 DEC 2016

Meeting Federation of Master Builders

SME builders have a vital role producing housing that works for us. It was good to attend their event today for the launch of the housing report.

13 DEC 2016

Supporting voluntary organisations in West Oxfordshire

I attended the #APPGcav event with @NCVO today to discuss ways to support voluntary organisations in West Oxfordshire

09 DEC 2016

Deer Park Medical Centre - explaining concerns to the Minister

I met with David Mowat MP, Minister for Community Health and Care, this week to explain residents concerns about Deer Park Medical Centre

29 NOV 2016

Historic England

For many, it is our heritage that makes our country what it is. Historic England provide a great service championing England's heritage and giving expert, constructive advice. I was pleased to hear from them about priorities, as well as opportunities in heritage.  

29 NOV 2016

The Dogs Trust 125th Anniversary

I was very pleased to visit the Dogs Trust on the celebration of their 125th Anniversary and heard about a number of major issues relating to animal welfare  

29 NOV 2016

Getting 'switched on' to National Consumers Week

I had a very informative and interesting visit encouraging people to be switched on to National Consumer Week with the Citizens Advice Bureau and Trading Standards

28 NOV 2016

Air Ambulance reception with the Minister

I have been a strong supporter of the Air Ambulance over the years and it was good to meet up with some of my Thames Valley AA friends,  at the All Party Parliamentary Group reception with Robert Wilson MP, who is the Parliamentary Under - Secretary of State at the Department for Culture Media ...

23 NOV 2016

Autumn Statement announcements

  Here's a summary of what was announced Also see Autumn Statement  

14 NOV 2016

E-petition relating to the status of police dogs and horses

I attended this excellent debate in Westminster Hall today on this very important subject: the safety of the animals that keep us all safe.

06 NOV 2016

Prime Minister departs for her trade mission to India

  The Prime Minister is travelling to India for her first trade mission. Her delegation includes small & medium businesses #SMEs #UKIndia pic.twitter.com/j8CHXqfqaC — UK Prime Minister (@Number10gov) November 6, 2016     The Prime Minister is travelling to India for...

02 NOV 2016

PM Theresa May congratulates Chipping Norton

Following a question from Robert Courts about support for small businesses, Prime Minister Theresa May has congratulated Chipping Norton on being nominated for Small Market Town of the Year in the @thegbhighst awards.  

26 OCT 2016

A34 Safety Campaign starts in Parliament

Robert Courts joined a group of MPs representing constituencies along the A34 as they debated safety on the road in Parliament. Led by Ed Vaizey, who represents Wantage, the Westminster Hall debate acknowledged the economic importance of the A34, used by 79,000 vehicles each day, but said major imp...

25 OCT 2016

Robert Courts supports Victoria Prentis' new health bill

I was very pleased to support Victoria Prentis' important bill and will be working closely with colleagues to protect our local health services

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