Professor John Howson has been the Liberal Democrat spokesperson for education matters on Oxfordshire County council since 2013. He fought for Banbury in the 2015 general election and was the Liberal Democrat candidate for Police & Crime commissioner in the Thames Valley in both 2012 and 2016.
John’s first job after university was in the Netherlands, and he is a long-time advocate of British membership of the EU. He campaigned in the original referendum when Britain joined the Common Market.
John is a national authority on education matters and has been a Vice President of the Liberal Democrat Education Association for many years. He has campaigned against the Tory move to re-introduce secondary modern and grammar schools, and believes in providing a good comprehensive school for every child.
He believes Banbury needs the Horton Hospital and will fight to protect it. John also believes that Banbury should be developed as a rail hub with services through to Heathrow airport, which will help to enhance the local economy.