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Photo of the month: Alan Mak MP helps on the production line during a visit to Havant manufacturer Outsource Electronics. 

Welcome to my March newsletter

Dear <<First Name>>, 
Welcome to my March 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!

This month started with my second Havant Jobs, Apprenticeships and Careers Fair, and I want to thank all the residents who came and helped make it such a success. We had a massive 2,000 people come on the day, making it Havant's largest ever jobs fair. 

In total more than 900 jobs and apprenticeships were on offer from over 60 exhibitors, with some residents who came already saying they have managed to secure interviews. I'm looking forward to hearing more from the residents who have managed to find work or apprenticeships having come on the day. 

My next big community event will be the Havant Small Business Awards, and nominations are now open in 12 categories. 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, we welcome your nominations. Additionally, there will be an overall winner, who will be crowned Havant Small Business of the Year 2017. To make your suggestions please click here. Every resident who sends in a nomination will be entered into a prize draw to win tickets to the awards evening and House of Commons Champagne.

During February I also visited the Falkland Islands to pay my respects to those who lost their lives in the conflict 35 years ago, and to reaffirm the Government’s commitment to the Islanders' right to self-determination.

It was humbling to learn more about the soldiers and sailors who fought during the Falklands War, including hearing from Mark Gibbs, a Royal Marine veteran from Leigh Park who was stationed on the Island on the day of invasion, as well as meeting today’s servicemen who continue to protect the Islands.
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: 

  • Hosted Havant's largest ever jobs fair, which was attended by more than 2,000 people at Havant Leisure Centre. More than 900 jobs and apprenticeships were on offer from over 60 different exhibitors. 
  • Launched his first annual report, covering the first 18 months since he was elected to represent Havant, with a copy being sent to every household in the constituency.
  • Made a 16,000-mile roundtrip from Havant to the Falkland Islands to honour British Forces veterans and current personnel as the 35th anniversary of the Falklands War approaches.
  • Welcomed a multi-million pound planned investment by hydraulics manufacturer Eaton as a vote of confidence in Havant's economy following a visit to its plant.
  • Confirmed he will continue his campaign for fairer school funding after the announcement of the draft national school funding formula by the Government.
  • Welcomed two Hayling Island residents to Parliament for Prime Minister’s Questions, and encouraged more constituents to write in to apply for tickets.
  • Helped pass an historic homelessness bill in the House of Commons, bringing it one step closer to becoming law.
  • Toured Havant manufacturing plant Outsource Electronics and heard about plans for future growth at the site. 
  • Spoken at the Hayling Island Men's Shed AGM, backing their community group as an excellent way of bringing together local people. 
  • Officially opened the new Havant railway station car park, which improves the parking capacity for commuters.
  • Been appointed to the editorial board of The House, Parliament's own magazine, and recently interviewed Justice Secretary Liz Truss on planned prison reforms as part of a series of interviews he is carrying out with Government ministers. 
  • Had his Jobs, Apprenticeships and Careers Fair showcased in a recent apprenticeships fair toolkit for MP's, explaining how to run a successful event. 
  • Delivered a keynote speech at the Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance (SEMTA) reception on apprenticeships.
  • Met with Schools Minister Nick Gibb to discuss school funding and make sure the views of Havant schools are heard in Westminster. 
  • Visited Apollo Fire Detectors, one of Havant's largest exporters, meeting staff and finding out more about the business.


Havant’s largest jobs fair a massive success 

Havant Leisure Centre was awash with people on Friday 7 March as around 2,000 visitors flocked to the venue for my second Havant Jobs, Apprenticeship and Careers Fair. 
Now Havant’s largest ever jobs fair, it attracted more than 60 exhibitors from a range of sectors, offering a combined 900 jobs and apprenticeships. On the day job seekers from across the Havant constituency came to find out more about what is on offer locally.  
My top priority for Havant is building a strong economy and helping local residents. The many local firms exhibiting at my fair shows our area is thriving. That means more jobs for local people and it has been fantastic to showcase exactly what is on offer. I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to work, and hopefully many people will have found employment or apprenticeships.


Welcoming multi-million pound investment

During a visit to a Havant factory last month I was able to discuss a planned  multi-million pound planned investment into new machinery - a real vote of confidence for our area.

Hydraulics manufacturer Eaton is planning to spend over £8million in the next three years to introduce new automated milling equipment, which will bring extra revenue and jobs to the plant.

The New Lane firm hope the new machinery will also lead to growth in new markets and increase the technical capacity of the factory. Hydraulics produced at the Havant plant are exported all over the world.

It is great to see further investment into the New Lane factory. Havant has long been a terrific place to do business and this long-term financial commitment to the area by Eaton reaffirms our status as one of Britain's top manufacturing centres and export hubs. 


Launching annual report at Havant printers

Every household has now received a copy of my annual report, which covered my first 18 months since being elected as your local MP.

Launched at Havant printers Senator Press, it was excellent to support a local business while producing the annual report.  The New Lane firm was damaged by a fire two years ago, and I've been fully behind their efforts to recover.

Looking back on my first year-and-a-half as Havant MP, I'm delighted to have met so many supportive community and business leaders, volunteers and residents.

In particular I want to thank residents  for their fantastic support for my first three community events – the Havant Jobs, Apprenticeships and Careers Fair, Small Business Awards and Older Persons Information Fair. Nominations for the 2017 Small Business Awards are now open at



Visiting Falklands to honour war heroes

It was a privilege to make a 16,000-mile round-trip from Havant to the Falkland Islands in February to honour British Forces veterans and current personnel as the 35th anniversary of the Falklands War approaches.

The key moments were laying a wreath to the Fallen; meeting a Falklands War veteran from Havant, Sergeant Mark Gibbs; and visiting the site of one of the key battles, Mount Tumbledown.

I laid a wreath at the Island’s Liberation Monument in Stanley, the capital, which commemorates the liberation of the Island after it was invaded by Argentinian forces in 1982. My message, attached to the wreath produced by the Royal British Legion specially for MPs, asks the British people to remember the service and sacrifice of those who gave their lives, including those from Havant.

During the trip I met Mark Gibbs, a Royal Marine veteran from Leigh Park, Havant who was stationed on the Island on the day of the invasion in 1982, and later fought the Argentinians as part of the UK’s Taskforce that arrived from Britain.  

Although the Falklands is thousands of miles away, I was determined to honour the service and sacrifice of British personnel who gave their lives in the name of freedom and security, as well as defending the Islanders right to self-determination. 


Appointed to The House editorial board

Recently I was appointed to the Editorial Board of The House, Parliament's own magazine. This prestigious publication is printed every week and is delivered to every parliamentarian. 

It features exclusive interviews, unique MP/Peer articles, regular columns, diaries and reviews. The magazine is totally apolitical, and the editorial board consists of MPs and Peers from all parties. 

As part of the role I am conducting a series of interviews with Government Ministers, which will be published in the magazine. The first one with Lord Chancellor Liz Truss (pictured) focused on her planned prison reforms and her determination that they can become "places of hope" for rehabilitation. 


Campaigning for fairer school funding

Following the announcement of a draft national school funding formula by the Government, I will continue to speak up on behalf of local schools. 

The proposals are currently out for public consultation, and despite no final decision being made, I'm keeping up the pressure on Government ministers and representing the interests of Havant's schools and colleges.

Under the draft formula, I'm concerned that some schools locally appear to experience funding reductions. The Government has said it will take into account consultation responses and representations from MPs when the final formula is announced.

To make the case for Havant schools, I've written to, and have met both the Minister of State for Schools Nick Gibb (pictured during a visit to Havant Academy last year), and the Secretary of State for Education Justine Greening. I have also written to the Chancellor Philip Hammond on the issue. To view the letters to Nick Gibb and Philip Hammond click here

Although the public consultation is still on-going, I am making strong representations to the Government, and have encouraged all local schools to do the same.


Helping pass historic homelessness bill

An historic homelessness bill has moved one step closer to becoming law, following my support in the House of Commons. 

The Homelessness Reduction Bill places extra duties on councils, including Havant Borough Council, to intervene at an earlier stage with households who are at risk of homelessness, provide more detailed advice on housing options for those at risk, and make it easier for applicants to appeal a decision against them.

After passing the final hurdle in the House of Commons, it now moves to the Lords to get final approval before it can become law.

As a Private Members Bill, a less common form of legislation that is written by a backbench MP, it took place on a Friday, meaning I had to switch my usual constituency day to make the vote. 

Thankfully across Havant homelessness is low, but we cannot be complacent nationally. That’s why I’m backing the Homelessness Reduction Bill, and I urge my colleagues in the House of Lords to give it the same backing that MPs have in the Commons.




Havant Business Support Fund

Local residents still have time to apply for the Havant Business Support Fund, which I launched recently in partnership with the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership.

The aim of the new £250,000 fund is to support budding entrepreneurs looking to start a business, and existing business owners from across Havant looking to grow by developing new products or services. 

The Havant Business Support Fund will offer capital funding to local entrepreneurs, individuals and SMEs either as a grant, loan, forward-funding or equity-share basis. 

This new fund will support businesses and start-ups with high growth potential and businesses seeking to develop new products and enter into new markets. It will also offer support to individuals who are interested in starting a new business and small & medium-sized (SME) businesses facing challenging trading conditions following recent economic challenges in the Havant area.

Businesses will be able to apply for between £10,000 and £75,000 from the fund to contribute towards projects that will unlock additional investment, improve business productivity and support local jobs.

To find out how to apply click on the link below.


New #iwill Fund launched

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) has launched the #iwill Fund, a Youth Social Action programme designed to encourage young people to lead change and make a positive contribution to their communities. Big Lottery Fund and the Department for Culture, Media & Sport are funding this programme over four years, and HIWCF are awarding grants of £120,000 over 2 years.

#iwill is a UK-wide campaign to get 6 out of 10 young people involved in social action by 2020. The aim is to involve youngsters in activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering in order to develop their skills and knowledge. 

The Youth Social Action programme is for those between 10-20 years old, and up to 25 years old for disabled young people. Community groups across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight can apply for grants of between £1,000 to £5,000 and funding will be made available for projects ranging from regular youth volunteering at a care home to creating a social media campaign to promote positive body image. 

All eligible groups across Hampshire and Isle of Wight are urged to send in their applications before the closing date of 24th March 2017 via the HIWCF website. 


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

Friday 17 March - 4.30pm to 6pm - Hayling Island Community Centre (in the side room)

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

Contact me

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

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