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Welcome to my July newsletter


Dear <<First Name>>, 

Welcome to my July 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 me I hope residents have been enjoying England's remarkable progress in the World Cup. Working and attending events around the constituency, it's been wonderful to see so much support for the squad. Ahead of the big semi-final against Croatia I'm encouraging everyone to get behind Gareth Southgate, Harry Kane and the rest of the team by proudly displaying the England flag. 

Don't forget, my next major community event is my third Community Groups and Older Persons Information Fair. It's now less than two months away. Taking place on Friday 3 August at the Beacon in the Meridian Centre in central Havant, from 10am to 2pm, those exhibiting this year include Age UK, Citizens Advice Havant, Churchers Solicitors, Staunton Country Park and many more.

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 & advice 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: 

  • Met local apprentices at the Premier Inn in Langstone Road, Havant to discuss their new work and training.
  • Gained hundreds of new signatures from Emsworth residents backing his surgery campaign.
  • Visited Bidbury Junior School and met headteacher Caroline Mason who has completed a nationally acclaimed course for future leaders.
  • Called for the Gosport War Memorial Hospital Inquiry Report findings to be acted upon, so people are held accountable. 
  • Hosted a reception for the Engineering and Machinery Alliance in Parliament representing SME engineering and manufacturing businesses who are helping Britain lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
  • Welcomed pupils from St Alban's C of E Primary School in West Leigh to Parliament for a tour.
  • Delivered leaflets across Emsworth asking local residents to back his campaign calling on Emsworth doctors to keep a presence in the town if their move to Redlands Grange goes ahead.
  • Attended Hayling College's Annual Prize Giving for a second year in a row, to meet students and congratulate them on their hard work. 
  • Helped open the Bedhampton Summer Show for a third year in a row, and visited the St Alban's School Summer Fete.
  • Collected his season ticket for Havant & Waterlooville Football Club in Leigh Park, and watched their pre-season friendly against Portsmouth FC.
  • Encouraged residents to fly an England flag to support the Three Lions during the World Cup in Russia.
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LOCAL NEWS

Hundreds support Surgery Campaign

Recently I launched my Emsworth Surgery Campaign, and I’m delighted that hundreds of residents are backing efforts to keep a surgery presence in the town centre by signing my petition.

The final decision on the potential move to Redlands Grange will be made in the next few months by the Surgery's doctors, and I’ll be updating supporters of the community campaign when there is more news.
 
To join the campaign visit alanmak.org.uk/surgery. Paper copies of the petition can be found in H.H. Treagust & Sons Butchers in the town. In addition, if you would like to leave a comment about your thoughts on the planned move then please visit alanmak.org.uk/contact and I’ll pass on all feedback to the doctors who make the final decision.
 

Flying the England flag for the World Cup

To celebrate England's success so far in the World Cup I have raised the England flag outside my Association’s office in central Havant, and I'm encouraging everyone to do the same.

Subject to basic common-sense requirements such as having the landowner’s permission and ensuring the flag is physically safe, no prior permission is required to fly the England national flag according to guidance from the Department for Communities and Local Government.

It’s great news that England are through to the semi final. Let’s show the squad that the whole country is behind them!

Across the Havant constituency we’re proud of the English flag and the England football team so let’s not be shy about showing it.

READ MORE HERE
 

Meeting new hospitality apprentices at Havant hotel

I recently met a number of new apprentices at the Premier Inn in Havant. I  was shown around the hotel, which opened two years ago just off the A27 in Langstone, creating around 30 new jobs.

A strong local economy is my top priority and having organised three Jobs, Apprenticeships and Careers Fairs, it was great to meet with Matt, Harry and Michelle, who show how successful our local economy is at creating jobs that deliver good wages and future prospects.

I’m committed to boosting apprenticeships as they give young people the opportunity to learn a valuable skill while earning at the same time.

Finding out about hearing loss ahead of Information Fair

Around 9 million people in Britain suffer some form of hearing loss – close to 1 in every 7 people. Around one third of those over the age of 60 suffer from varying degrees of deafness, while for those over the age of 70, three quarters have a significant hearing loss.

As I found out recently during a visit to the Specsavers Hearing Centre in West Street, Havant, work is being done to ensure that residents have access to hearing tests. That includes free tests for residents, with a service recently being opened at the Hayling Clinic, and raising awareness of the problem through initiatives such as the Deaf Awareness Week.

I am pleased that Specsavers will be at my third Community Groups and Older Persons Information Fair on Friday 3 August, taking place from 10am to 2pm at the Meridian Centre. This year around 40 exhibitors will be at event – those confirmed as attending include Hampshire Police, Hayling Island Choir, Staunton Farm & Country Park, Dementia Friends, Churchers Solicitors, Pensions Advisory Service, Barclays and Hampshire County Council.

Hopefully, this Fair will be as fantastically supported as in the last two years, and I hope to meet many residents again on the day.

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Great leadership makes great schools

I’ve spoken to a wide range of teachers, pupils and parents since being elected as your local MP in 2015. That includes meetings with governors and headteachers, and I have seen first-hand the difference a first-class education can have.
 
What makes a great school? My answer is great leadership - and in our constituency, we are lucky to have a number of excellent headteachers. One of those is Caroline Mason, headteacher at Bidbury Junior School in Bedhampton. Caroline has just completed the Ambition School Leadership’s Future Leaders Programme, designed for high-potential leaders who aim to become headteachers of schools in challenging contexts.
 
I visited Bidbury Junior School, and I was delighted to hear about the progress the school has made since Caroline took over.
 
By replicating this kind of leadership across the country, we can ensure that every single child has a great education – a goal both me and Government are committed to achieving.
 

WESTMINSTER NEWS

Welcoming new investment into our NHS

I'm keen to back the hard work of our doctors and nurses, and I'm proud to support our NHS. 

That includes the local Queen Alexandra Hospital, which I recently visited. While the hospital has had its challenges in recent years, it was encouraging to hear their plans for improvement under new Chief Executive Mark Cubbon.
 
In particular, the hospital has put together a bid to NHS England to renovate the A&E department - a plan I’ll be supporting in Westminster. As a Government, we have been supporting the NHS both nationally and locally, and at QA Hospital that has included 157 more doctors and an extra 145 nurses since 2010.  
 
Yet with an ageing population, and increasing demand on our health service, the Government has recognised more needs to be spent to safeguard the long-term future of our NHS. So recently it committed to spending an extra £20billion in real terms - per year - on the NHS by 2024. That’s more than £600million a week in cash terms.
  
With additional investment, and a long-term vision, we can celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS this year knowing its future is in safe hands.

Speaking in Parliament on Gosport War Memorial Hospital Report

The events at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital are a tragedy that must never be repeated again. I have called for the report’s findings to be acted upon, so people are held accountable for what happened.

More transparency can give the families the hope of justice, just as transparency helped the Hillsborough families.

SPEECHES IN PARLIAMENT

Alan speaking in the House of Commons on the Health and Social Care (National Data Guardian) Bill. This would give legal backing to the National Data Guardian who protects the rights of patients in the NHS. 
Alan's House of Commons speech on the Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill. If passed this law would give the Government power to block mobile phone signals in prisons to prevent prisoners accessing content and communicating with criminal associates. 

COMMUNITY INFORMATION

Keep cool and stay out of the sun - advice from Hampshire County Council during the hot weather 

The Department of Health Heatwave Plan has some simple advice to help people cope with the heat. These are particularly important for those in the high risk groups in order to avoid suffering ill-effects from the heat: 

Stay out of the heat: 
• Keep out of the sun between 11.00am and 3.00pm 
• If you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat and light scarf 

Cool yourself down: 
• Have plenty of cold drinks, and avoid excess alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks 
• Eat cold foods, particularly salads and fruit with a high water content 

Keep your environment cool: 
• Keeping your living space cool is especially important for infants, the elderly or those with chronic health conditions or who can’t look after themselves 
• Keep windows that are exposed to the sun closed during the day, and open windows at night when the temperature has dropped 
For more information on how to keep yourself and loved ones cool visit NHS Choices web pages

 

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 13 July 
  • Wednesday 8 August
If you need Alan's help, please contact Alan using the form on this page.

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

Please include your full address including postcode in all communications. 

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Post: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
E-mail: alan.mak.mp@parliament.uk

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

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