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Photo of the month: Alan Mak MP with the team from Havant 3D printing business Dream 3D at the launch of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Fourth Industrial Revolution which he has founded.

Welcome to my April newsletter

Dear <<First Name>>, 
Welcome to my April 2017 residents' newsletter, my latest monthly update designed to give an overview about what I've been doing locally across the Havant constituency, and in Westminster. Please feel free to forward this on to your friends, family and neighbours who may be interested: they can sign-up to receive it themselves by clicking this link!

The tragic events outside Parliament in March remind us how precious our democracy is. Our best response to terrorism is to be defiant and carry on with business as usual. That’s what I’m doing as your local MP.

In particular, I'll be building on the success of my most recent community events - the Older Persons Information Fair and the Jobs, Apprenticeships and Careers Fair - and last month I was delighted to launch my second Havant Small Business Awards.

Our small businesses are the backbone of our Havant economy. They create jobs for local people, generate wealth to pay for public services, and provide vital goods and services. From pubs and restaurants to high street shops, we couldn’t do without them.

That's why I organise and host these awards, so we can celebrate our thriving small businesses. Nominations are now open online, and I encourage everyone to get involved by clicking here.

In Westminster, the Chancellor Philip Hammond launched my new All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). This term describes the new wave of technological advancements which are set to revolutionise how we live and work, from driverless cars and robots to drone deliveries and 3D printing.

As part of the launch I introduced the Chancellor to excellent Havant-based 3D printing firm Dream 3D. Director James Preen presented the Chancellor with a 3D printed Parliamentary Portcullis, something his team had designed from scratch. The Portcullis is now displayed in the Chancellor’s office.

I'm looking forward to working with fellow Parliamentarians on a cross-party basis to raise the vital issues surrounding the 4IR in the coming months and years.
Thank you to residents for your ongoing support, and I will continue working hard for you locally and in Westminster.
Please contact me to invite me to a community event, or to give me feedback on this newsletter! 

Best wishes, 

Alan Mak MP

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Since the last newsletter, Alan has: 

  • Launched his second Havant Small Business Awards. He is encouraging all residents to nominate their local favourites online.
  • Led talks with community leaders to lobby senior officials from NatWest over the planned closure of the town’s branch following a meeting at Emsworth Community Centre.
  • Met with Schools Minister Nick Gibb to discuss school funding and make sure the views of Havant schools are heard in Westminster. 
  • Launched a new parliamentary group dedicated to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The Chancellor Philip Hammond spoke at the event and underlined the Government's commitment to future-proofing Britain's economy.
  • Welcomed pupils and teachers from Mill Rythe Junior School, Hayling Island on a special tour of the House of Commons.
  • Spoken in the House of Commons debate on the Spring Budget 2017, backing the additional investment in technical skills. 
  • Led a Havant export drive by bringing the Department for International Trade export roadshow to Langstone Technology Park.
  • Spoken with apprentices who work at David Wilson Homes’ development in Havant as part of National Apprenticeship Week
  • Chaired a panel event on the digital opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which featured Government Minister Matt Hancock and his Labour shadow counterpart Louise Haigh.


Launching second Small Business Awards

My Havant Small Business Awards are back for a second year and I'm encouraging all residents to nominate their local favourites online.

Helping to launch the Awards were 2016 Café of the Year winners Fourteas Tea Room in central Havant, who have continued to thrive since scooping the prize.

This year 12 different categories are open for nomination as well as the coveted overall Havant Small Business of the Year – last year won by Emsworth-based family fishing business Fresh From The Boat.

Whether it's a favourite cafe, pub or restaurant, a tradesman who has gone the extra mile, or a local business leader or apprentice who has inspired you, all nominations are welcome.

Everyone who nominates will be entered into a prize draw to win tickets to the summer awards evening at South Downs College and some House of Commons Champagne.


Lobbying NatWest for Emsworth residents

Joining forces with community leaders, I organised a meeting at Emsworth Community Centre to lobby senior officials from NatWest over the planned closure of the town’s branch. During the talks we asked NatWest to reconsider their initial decision to close the branch in June, and NatWest have promised to review the position.

I had already secured a concession from NatWest that they would bring a mobile bank to Emsworth twice a week if the proposed branch closure goes ahead, which is a positive step. Working with local councillors Lulu Bowerman and Rivka Cresswell, a site has been secured for the mobile facility in the car park of Spice Village, an Indian restaurant, should it be needed.

As a result of the discussions NatWest confirmed a mobile bank would visit twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays for two hours, an increase of half-an-hour a day from their usual hours.

After being pressed about concerns that some residents would not be able to access services online, NatWest also reassured us that regular technology training sessions would be run in the town, offering advice on how to use internet banking and avoid fraud.


Leading Havant export drive

Boosting exports from local firms is a top priority for me, so I was delighted to bring the Department for International Trade export roadshow to the Langstone Technology Park.

The mobile exporting hub brought together businesses from the area with an interest in trading abroad, and expert Government advisers. Firms were able to ask the trade advisers questions, get tips on exporting and network with other businesses.

The Routes to Market Roadshow came to Havant at my request after I led a trade mission to Hong Kong last year to support local businesses, including home appliance maker Kenwood and Lewmar, a manufacturer of parts for boats based on Southmoor Lane.

Many of the companies which came to the event had never exported before and the advice they received will be invaluable as they look to grow in the future.



Staying defiant in the face of terrorism

The tragic events outside Parliament in March remind us how precious our democracy is. I joined the Prime Minister and other MPs to pay tribute to PC Keith Palmer, the police officer killed by the terrorist, and all those affected by the incident.

My thoughts and prayers remain with all the family and friends of those who tragically lost their lives or suffered serious injury.

Our best response to terrorism is to be defiant and carry on with business as usual. That’s what I’m doing as your local MP. 

Chancellor backs new parliamentary group

The Chancellor underlined his commitment to emerging technologies, innovative businesses, and improved technical skills in a speech at the launch of a new parliamentary group that I have founded dedicated to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Philip Hammond told an audience of over 250 Parliamentarians and business leaders that retooling our economy will be of vital importance in the future as new technology redefines our workplace and disrupts jobs. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is a term that has become widely prevalent and describes the new wave of technological breakthroughs transforming economies and societies around the world, including automated robotics, artificial intelligence and inter-connected devices– also known as the Internet of Things.

Following his speech, the Chancellor also had the chance to meet with Havant firm Dream 3D who I invited to Westminster. Managing Director of the 3D printing company, James Preen, then presented Mr Hammond with a 3D Parliamentary Portcullis which had been designed and made by one of his team. The Portcullis is now displayed in the Chancellor’s office.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Fourth Industrial Revolution seeks to work on a cross-party basis to raise awareness of the topic amongst Parliamentarians, industry, academia, the media and other stakeholders. It was great that the Chancellor launched the group, underlining the Government’s support for our innovative tech sector and resurgent manufacturing base.

Panel events organised by the APPG have already taken place, including one last month which featured Digital Minister Matt Hancock and Labour shadow counterpart Louise Haigh. Further events are already planned for the future.


Speaking up for schools in funding review

As part of my continuing campaign for fairer school funding, I met the Schools Minister Nick Gibb (pictured) recently to set out my concerns about the possible implications of the Government’s funding formula for local schools.
The Department for Education has produced a draft funding formula and has been seeking feedback since late 2016 with the public consultation closing on Wednesday 22 March 2017.
These draft figures should be treated with caution. They’re not based on the final formula because nothing’s been set in stone, but they’re still concerning. That’s why I’ve lobbied the Schools Minister, the Education Secretary and the Chancellor to ensure local circumstances are considered when the final formula is produced later this year.

I’ve also responded formally to the public consultation, and written to every school in my constituency urging them to do the same. I’ve been an active supporter of local schools since being elected, and will continue to be a strong voice for them in Westminster. 


Hayling students enjoy trip to Parliament

Pupils and teachers from Mill Rythe Junior School had a special opportunity to tour the House of Commons and quiz me during a visit to Parliament.

The Hayling Island pupils also took part in an interactive learning experience in a workshop at the Parliamentary Education Centre, where they learnt about the history of democracy in Britain and the role of MPs and Peers today.

As part of the experience, the pupils formed two groups, one taking on the role of the Government and the other the opposition. Students also got to ‘dress-up’ as the Queen, black rod and other figures from Parliamentary life, and had a mock debate.

Then they had a chance to ask me questions on my role representing Hayling and the wider Havant area in Parliament. The pupils had really knowledgeable questions, and it was great to talk to them about local and national issues.



Thanks to everyone that came to my second Havant Jobs, Apprenticeships and Careers Fair. It was a tremendous success with more than 2,000 people attending. Here is a short video from the day.



Failing Emsworth wall to be rebuilt

Work to rebuild a failing wall in Emsworth is set to begin next month. I have been monitoring this situation from the outset, including inspecting the wall, and have made representations to both Havant Borough Council and Hampshire County Council on behalf of local residents on this issue.

Costing £115,000, the work is due to begin from 10 April.  Contributions of £60,000 from Havant Borough Council and £55,000 from Hampshire County Council (HCC) will see the long awaited wall rebuilt over a nine week period.

Throughout the works temporary lights to control traffic will be in place, with a four day closure being expected between 8 – 11 May.  This is to allow a large crane to be placed on site.

The path is set to be re-opened in mid-June with local firm Caroway Contractors Ltd undertaking the majority of the work. 

Work starts on £1.5million Leigh Park project

A plan to transform a Leigh Park public space is set to begin.

This exciting project will see the development of new and existing facilities at Front Lawn Recreation Ground for all ages to enjoy.

The £1.5million project, funded by the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation, The FA and Sport England Lottery fund, will see a full size floodlit 3G artificial grass pitch, a floodlit Multi Use Sport Area, a community facility offering space for the delivery of social inclusion programmes including modern changing facilities with improved and increased parking facilities once complete.

The development at Front Lawn Recreation Ground is great news for our community. Congratulations to everyone involved, and I look forward to supporting this great local facility in the years ahead.

Comic Relief Community Cash

Applications are open for grants of up to £1,000 from the Comic Relief Community Cash fund.

Comic Relief Community Cash will be used to support work where there is clear evidence of a beneficial impact on people's lives who are excluded or disadvantaged through low income, rural or social isolation, age, disabilities, race, sexuality or gender.

They are looking for a wide range of projects that are able to deliver social outcomes. Grants of between £500 and £1,000 are available for projects of one year's duration.

In particular they want to support community groups rooted in their local communities undertaking work that helps people of all ages feel more included in their community, builds their skills and increases their sense of achievement.


Future drop-in surgery details
No appointment needed. Just drop-in any time during the time slots below.

Thursday 20 April - 9am to 10.30am - Emsworth Methodist Church, International Hall

Friday 26 May – 4pm to 5.30pm – Tesco Extra, Solent Road, Havant (ground floor foyer)

Contact me

The best way to contact me is in writing via e-mail or post.

Please include your full address including postcode in all communications. 

Westminster Parliamentary Office:
Post: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Havant Constituency Office:
Post: Building 6000, Langstone Technology Park, Havant, PO9 1SA
Phone: 023 9241 5620

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