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Welcome to my December newsletter


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

As this is my final newsletter of 2017, I want to thank all residents who have supported me over the last year. 

That includes everyone who voted for me in June's General Election, helping to secure an increased majority and the highest share of the vote in the constituency's history, and those who came to one of my three community events. 

All three of my community events return next year and I look forward to seeing you at my Jobs, Apprenticeships and Careers Fair, which will be taking place on Friday 9 March at Havant Leisure Centre from 10am to 3pm. 
 
Thank you to residents for your ongoing support, and I will continue working hard for you locally and in Westminster in 2018. I wish all residents a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 
 
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: 

  • Opened FatFace’s brand new £5million distribution centre at Dunsbury Park near Leigh Park, a site that could create up to 100 new jobs. 
  • Supported independent local shops as part of the Small Business Saturday campaign.
  • Welcomed a forward-thinking Budget from the Chancellor Philip Hammond designed to improve Britain’s productivity and long term growth.
  • Fielded questions from students at Oaklands Catholic School as part of UK Parliament Week.
  • Been praised by the Prime Minister for his community work after being named Conservative New MP of the Year at a prestigious MP Awards evening.
  • Welcomed Treasury Minister Andrew Jones to Havant for a tour of Kenwood's headquarters on New Lane, where they opened a new building together.
  • Published a new policy pamphlet setting out how Britain can use the Fourth Industrial Revolution to boost growth and productivity to create new jobs.
  • Attended the Havant Remembrance Sunday parade and service, laying a wreath in memory of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
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LOCAL NEWS

Treasury Minister tours Kenwood HQ

Treasury Minister Andrew Jones toured Kenwood's Havant Headquarters at my invitation to see first hand the work being done locally to develop high quality products for export. 

From the New Lane site, Kenwood's iconic food mixers and other household appliances, which are sold around the world, are designed and tested by skilled local workers. 

I invited the Minister to Havant so he could find out more about this great British success story, especially as this year the company celebrates its 70th anniversary. 

After finishing the tour, the Minister joined me to open Kenwood's new Experience Centre and Retail Store, which offers customers masterclasses in using some of the company's famous products. 

Opening FatFace's new distribution centre

Last month I was delighted to open FatFace’s brand new £5million Distribution Centre at Dunsbury Park near Leigh Park, a real vote of confidence in our area.

As a world-famous British brand, I’m delighted FatFace are committing to Havant for the long-term - the first of many local businesses to expand I hope.

The speed of development at Dunsbury Park has been a credit to everyone involved. I have also been pleased to play my own part in helping to unlock some of the problems that have arisen, making sure that construction has stayed on track to allow the Centre to open for the all-important Christmas trading period.

Managing Director Anthony Thompson made clear his commitment to Havant, in particular praising the hard work and dedication of his team. He highlighted that while other parts of the country might be more geographically suited for a distribution centre, the quality of the workforce here in Havant cannot be matched.

With FatFace’s investment, the site is set to create an extra 100 jobs over the next ten years, further strengthening our area’s strong levels of employment.

READ MORE HERE

Supporting Small Business Saturday

Ensuring we have a strong local economy is one of my top priorities as your local MP, so I was delighted to again get behind the Small Business Saturday campaign again for the third consecutive year. 

I visited a number of shops across the constituency, including some of the winners of my recent Havant Small Business Awards and the newly opened My Yarnery on South Street (pictured), a haberdashery and yarnery run by Lizzie and Lizzie. 

Small Business Saturday is a national campaign celebrating its fifth anniversary, which aims to encourage spending with small, independent firms in the run-up to Christmas. In 2016, customers spent £717m on the day, an increase of 15% on the year before.

As we get closer to Christmas, I encourage everyone to visit our local independent shops to see the diverse range of products they have for sale. Every pound spent at a small business will multiply around our local economy, meaning more jobs for local people.

READ MORE HERE

WESTMINSTER NEWS

Winning prestigious MP of the Year Award

I was honoured to win a prize at the prestigious MP of the Year Awards last month for my local work in the community and my work representing residents in Westminster. 

The award for Best Newcomer MP was presented by the Speaker, John Bercow (pictured centre, next to me). It recognises MPs who have worked hard for their communities, especially underrepresented communities.

In particular, I was singled out for praise by the judges for organising a number of well-attended community events throughout the year, including my Jobs, Apprenticeships and Careers Fair, Older Persons Information Fair and Universities & Oxbridge Conference.

While I’m not involved in politics to win prizes, I’m delighted to have such prestigious recognition for my work representing residents locally and in Westminster. My community events have been well supported by local people, and this award is for our constituency not just me.

All of the nominations for the MP of the Year Awards come from grassroots community organisations which are then whittled down by an expert judging panel. In total more than 130 MPs were nominated across all of the major parties.

READ MORE HERE
 

Budget ensures Britain is fit for the future

The Autumn Budget announced by the Chancellor this month shows that the Government is committed to helping working people across the Havant constituency.

The Government is cutting taxes for working people, freezing fuel duty and delivering higher pay though the National Living Wage, as well as strong economic growth and high-quality jobs.
 
But while the major success story over the last seven years has been getting record numbers of people into employment, including ensuring that the numbers of people claiming unemployment benefit has fallen by over a half in our area, it is only right that the Budget tackles some of the bigger issues facing the country today. 
 
That includes a number of policies aimed at younger people, including making home ownership more affordable by abolishing stamp duty for most first time buyers, increasing the youth rate of the National Living Wage and the introduction of a new "millennial" railcard that could save 26 to 30 year old passengers hundreds of pounds a year.
 
The Prime Minister’s new chief of staff Gavin Barwell had a chance to meet some of the people the Government has helped into home ownership, such as Bedhampton mum Jodie Reddin, (pictured), during a visit to Havant last year while he was Housing Minister. By abolishing stamp duty, building more homes and furthering our commitment to Help to Buy, more local people like Jodie will be able to own their own home.

READ MORE HERE

New pamphlet outlines how Britain can use tech revolution to boost growth

Following the strong foundations of the Autumn Budget and Industrial Strategy, I have published a new pamphlet, based on a series of articles I recently wrote setting out how Britain can use the current tech revolution to boost growth and productivity. 

Entitled - Getting to the Future First: How Britain can lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution - I set out some of the challenges and opportunities that Britain will have to address in the coming years as automation and artificial intelligence become more prevalent in both the workplace and everyday life. 

The foreword is written by ConservativeHome Editor, Paul Goodman, who backs some of the work that I have been doing in Westminster on the topic over the last 18 months, including leading the first ever House of Commons debate on Fourth Industrial Revolution and founding an All-Party Parliamentary Group focused on addressing some of the issues highlighted in the pamphlet. 

Copies of the pamphlet can be downloaded here

COMMUNITY INFORMATION

Support to keep homes warm this winter

As the weather turns colder, some families and vulnerable people who struggle to keep their homes warm have been encouraged can get help from Hampshire County Council’s Hitting the Cold Spots initiative.

Now in its seventh year, this project offers advice and support to people who are having trouble staying warm during the winter, including home visits, help to access funding for boiler repairs and replacements, temporary heating, and small grants for winter fuel emergencies.

Hampshire residents can also receive advice about tariff switching and get referred to other services for further help, including ‘safe and well’ visits and healthy living advice. 

If you or someone you know is struggling to stay warm and well this winter, contact an advisor on Freephone 0800 804 8601 (Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm) or email staywarm@environmentcentre.com.

Take part in traffic consultation 

Havant Borough Council is asking residents, businesses and commuters for their views on traffic and transport access on Hayling Island.

A consultation asking for opinions on public transport, road traffic, cycling and overall travel on, off and surrounding the Island is now open until 10 December 2017.

Available online, with hard copies available at Hayling Island Community Centre and Library the questionnaire aims to capture transport requirements that will in-turn influence the framework for development and infrastructure for the Local Plan 2036.  

Anyone wishing to take part in the consultation can visit www.havant.gov.uk/haylingsurvey.

Future MP advice surgery details

If you would like an appointment at the next surgery, please get in touch.


Friday 15 December - 9am to 10.30am  - Venue to be notified to those with appointments.

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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