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Dear <<First Name>>, 

Welcome to my May 2018 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!

Like many offices, I am preparing to be compliant with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This newsletter already uses an opt-in system of explicit consent and therefore there is no need for you re-subscribe. If you are receiving this email you will have pro-actively signed-up (for example via my website, during the nomination process for my Small Business Awards, or at one of my other community events). However, if you do not wish to receive e-mail updates from me in my capacity as MP for Havant then please use the unsubscribe feature at the bottom of this email.

This month saw the launch of my third major policy paper on the Fourth Industrial Revolution - the unprecedented wave of technological change that the world is currently witnessing. The report, published by leading think-tank the Centre for Policy Studies, looks at how new technology can renew the NHS in it's 70th anniversary year. 

The full report can be downloaded free from my website by visiting AlanMak.org.uk/NHSReport 

Work is also well underway for my next major community event, which will be my third Community Groups and Older Persons Information Fair on Friday 3 August at the Beacon in the Meridian Centre in Havant, taking place from 10am to 2pm. 

Admission is free, and once again a wide range of local community & voluntary groups, businesses and service providers will be available to chat and offer guidance. So whether you are looking for some help or want to get involved with a community group, then come along to find out more.

Don't forget nominations are now open for my 3rd Havant Small Business Awards. Visit alanmak.org.uk/nominate to find out more.
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: 

  • Visited local artists taking part in the Emsworth Arts Trail. 
  • Met politics students at Havant and South Downs College for a A-Level revision class.
  • Led the first ever Westminster debate on Island economies
  • Hosted a fundraiser with British & Irish Lions Head Coach Warren Gatland for Havant Rugby Club.
  • Encouraged residents to nominate businesses for the third Havant Small Business Awards.
  • Launched the Government's new GovTech Challenge Prize at Veolia's waste facility.
  • Visited West Leigh Park to watch a Havant & Waterlooville FC home game as they concluded back-to-back title winning seasons. 
  • Launched his new policy report about technology and the NHS
  • Visited a local business who have taken on a former Carillion apprentice
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LOCAL NEWS

Great response for Emsworth Surgery Campaign

My campaign to ensure the Emsworth Surgery's doctors retain an ongoing presence in the town centre has had a really good response, and I’m really encouraged by the level of support it has received from the community.

It comes as talks between the doctors and NHS England to build a modern health centre for Emsworth at Redlands Grange move to an advanced stage, with an announcement expected in the coming months.
 
While I respect the right of the doctors to make the decision they feel is best for their patients, I’ve brought together other community representatives in calling for a community presence to be maintained in the town centre – with a satellite surgery the preferred option.

I hope that my Emsworth Surgery Campaign will persuade the doctors that the Surgery needs to keep a presence in the town centre. I urge everyone to sign-up by visiting alanmak.org.uk/surgery 
 
READ MORE HERE

Supporting the Hawks' title winning success

I enjoyed visiting West Leigh Park to watch Havant & Waterlooville FC against St Alban's City as they closed in on a remarkable second consecutive league title, which they would seal in the final fixture of the season! 

There was a great atmosphere at the stadium, and the lightning bolt winner into the top corner from Jason Prior could have graced any game.
 
The turnaround in the Hawks’ fortunes in the last two seasons is really a credit to everyone at the club, especially the hard work and dedication of Manager Lee Bradbury, Chairman Derek Pope and General Manager Adi Aymes. Back-to-back promotions to return to the top-tier of non-league football is a fantastic achievement.
 

Nominations open for my third Havant Small Business Awards

Nominations are now open for my third Havant Small Business Awards and I am encouraging all residents to nominate their local favourites online.

Helping to launch the Awards were 2017 Best Family Business winners Treagust Butchers in Emsworth and Best Restaurant winners, Coastguard Café. 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 the Hayling Ferry.

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.

Last year’s Awards - the second annual event - were another huge success, with hundreds of nominations received and over 200 people attending the Awards ceremony at Havant & South Downs College.

Everyone who nominates will be entered into a prize draw to win tickets to the summer awards evening at Havant & South Downs College and House of Commons Champagne.
 
Nominations can be submitted here.

Helping students revise for reformed A-levels

As a former school governor, helping our young people and backing our schools and colleges is one of my top priorities as your local MP.
 
I have a strong relationship with Havant & South Downs College having visited many times since 2015 to spend time with students, listening to their views and helping them understand politics.

Last month I had the chance to help politics students at South Downs revise for the new reformed A-levels.
 
The new A Levels are linear qualifications taken over two years with assessment at the end of the course. The AS is being retained but it has been decoupled to become a standalone qualification that no longer contributes to the overall A Level grade. 
 
I am committed to the Government’s plan for a good education for all, from primary level through to colleges and universities, putting an emphasis on making sure that young people have both the academic education they need, while equipping them with the skills valued by employers.

WESTMINSTER NEWS

New report on how to deliver an NHS fit for the future

This month I wrote a major new report, published by the Centre for Policy Studies think tank, that proposes ambitious reforms to the NHS, shedding paper, pagers and fax machines to create a fully digital NHS that will help patients take control of their treatment. 

My report sets a target that by the 80th anniversary of the NHS in 2028 all interactions within the health service will be digitally driven. In other words, the NHS needs to become digital first. That starts with the systematic abolition of outdated technology which are still used prolifically in hospitals and around the health service.

Ultimately the aim is to a create a healthcare system which is as easy to use as Amazon or Netflix, and to do that the NHS needs to move forward with plans to create an app that could be a one-stop shop for our healthcare needs.

It is time to give patients the power to control their own healthcare choices by making information available to them at their fingertips. Rightly, people of all ages and political persuasions back the founding principle of an NHS free at the point of use.

As policymakers, our job is to ensure that the NHS is renewed and stays relevant for the next generation. Only a fully digital NHS, with an NHS App service available to patients, can deliver the health service that is fit for the future.

The full report, including a foreword from Jeremy Hunt, can be downloaded here.

Leading first ever Westminster debate on island economies

I have called for more Government support for islands across the UK including Hayling Island, in the first ever Westminster debate examining the strengths and weaknesses of island economies.

As a founding member of the All Party Group for UK Islands, I have successfully pressed the Government to launch and expand a new Coastal Communities Fund to back island and seaside economies. 

During the debate, I highlighted Hayling’s strengths including its small businesses and vibrant economy, low crime rate, low unemployment and visitor economy as well as the Island’s strong community spirit.

Businesses like the Coastguard Café, Hayling Island Bookshop, Sinah Common Honey, and the success of satellite-based internet service provider Bentley Walker are all examples of Hayling's strengths.

In Hayling there is an overexposure of local businesses and residents to closures of services like bank branches, a need to create employment opportunities for young people, and the need for stronger infrastructure as new homes are built. The Coastal Communities Fund to boost regeneration and economic growth in coastal and island communities is a welcome step forward. Funding goes to projects over £50,000 that will ultimately lead to regeneration and economic growth whilst directly or indirectly safeguarding and creating sustainable jobs.

We’re all Islanders in one way or another and we all must work together to ensure that all the islands around the UK, large or small, have a bright economic future.

To find out more and read through the transcript of the debate click here

COMMUNITY INFORMATION

Help shape future health visiting, school nursing and NHS Community Therapy Services in Hampshire

Hampshire County Council and the local NHS are asking parents, carers, young people and practitioners across the county for their views on a number of health services.

The organisations have launched a survey to find out how people think services could be improved and made easier to access. The services under review are:

• Health Visiting Service
• School Nursing Service (not including special school nursing)
• NHS Community Therapy Services (speech and language, physiotherapy and occupational therapy)

The survey is available online at www.hants.gov.uk/consultations and is open until 22 May 2018. The findings will help inform decisions, to be taken later in the year, about how Public Health Nursing (health visiting & school nursing) and NHS Community Therapies in Hampshire will be provided in the future.

MP advice surgery details

 
Alan and his team will allocate surgery meeting appointments where they feel that it would be beneficial for Alan to meet the resident concerned. Each meeting lasts for 15 minutes, and are by appointment only. Most residents' queries and casework matters do not require a meeting because Alan can progress such matters without the need to take up a resident's time as long as the necessary information is provided. 

Surgery Schedule: 
  • Friday 29 June
  • Friday 13 July 
If you need Alan's help, please contact Alan using the form on this page.

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
E-mail: alan.mak.mp@parliament.uk

Havant Constituency Office:
Post: Building 6000, Langstone Technology Park, Havant, PO9 1SA
E-Mail: alan.mak.mp@parliament.uk
Phone: 023 9241 5620

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