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Photo of the month: Alan Mak MP at the hugely successful Virgin Kite Surfing Amarda Festival on Hayling Island with organiser Dan Charlish

Welcome to my July newsletter


Dear <<First Name>>, 
 
Welcome to my July 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 is my first newsletter since I was re-elected as Member of Parliament for Havant at the General Election and I want to thank everyone who voted for me. Having worked hard over the last two years and been active in our community, it was an honour to be returned with an increased majority and nearly 60% of the vote – the highest Conservative Party vote share ever achieved in the Havant constituency.

Whilst the national result wasn’t what I’d hope for – when I got back home in Havant after my election count I followed the results across the country – I am pleased we have now formed a government in the national interest.

Over the course of this new Parliament, I’ll continue working hard for all residents locally and in Westminster regardless of whether you voted for me or not.
 
I’ll continue campaigning on the issues that matter, being active in our community, and organising major events that have benefited many residents – my Small Business Awards, Older Persons Information Fair, and my Jobs & Apprenticeships Fair will all be returning in the months ahead.

Don't forget nominations are still open for my Small Business Awards. 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. Click here for more information. 
 
Thank you to residents for your support over the last two years, and I'll continue working hard for you locally and in Westminster now that I have been re-elected.
 
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: 

  • Been re-elected as Member of Parliament for Havant with an increased majority and a record share of the vote.
  • Been appointed to a Government role in the post-election re-shuffle. He will now work as a Parliamentary aide to Ministers in the Ministry of Justice led by the new Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice David Lidington.
  • Opened the new head offices of local power supply firm P&I. The Havant-based firm will be one of the first occupants of the new Harts Farm Way development, providing jobs and boosting the local economy.
  • Attended the Hayling College prize giving evening.
  • Spoken at the South Domestic Abuse Service's Ruby Ball. 
  • Visited the Friends of Emsworth Community Health Fete for the third year running.
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LOCAL NEWS

Re-elected as Havant MP

I was absolutely delighted to have been re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Havant at the General Election. It was a particular honour to have secured the highest share of the vote in the history of the constituency and I want to thank everyone who voted for me. 

I particularly enjoyed meeting constituents and during the campaign my team and I knocked on over 15,000 doors and spoke to thousands of residents about a wide range of topics, including the vital importance of getting the right Brexit deal, and domestic issues like education and jobs.

I was pleased to receive such good feedback and now I have been re-elected I'll continue to be your hardworking local MP. 

Opening new Havant head office

I was delighted to officially open the new head office of P&I, a Havant-based electrical supply firm.

A local success story, the firm will now operate from a purpose-built premises in Harts Farm Way, Havant.

I joined customers, suppliers, family and friends for the celebration, which underlines P&I's commitment to our area. The new head office will not only be a boost to the local economy but provide new jobs, further evidence that Havant remains an attractive place to do business.

READ MORE HERE

WESTMINSTER NEWS

Appointed to Ministry of Justice role

Following the post-election re-shuffle I'm delighted to say that I have been appointed to a Government role.

I will be working as a Parliamentary aide to Ministers in the Ministry of Justice led by the new Lord Chancellor and Secretary for Justice David Lidington.

As Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS), I will act as a vital link between the Government and Conservative backbench MPs as new legislation is formulated.

Working hard for Havant constituents locally and in Westminster will remain my top priority, but I’m delighted to be appointed to a new role in the Ministry of Justice working with Justice Ministers. I’m looking forward to joining a dynamic team delivering important reforms, including ensuring new laws are in place so we are ready for Brexit and introducing new measures to modernise our courts system and combat domestic violence.

READ MORE HERE

Seeking reassurances following Grenfell 

Like all of you, I was shocked by the devastation and horror of the Grenfell Tower fire. My thoughts and prayers are with all those who lost loved ones or suffered as a result of the fire. My gratitude also goes to our brave firefighters and emergency services who excelled in the most difficult of circumstances.

I thought I’d update you on the work I have been doing to seek reassurances for residents living in high rise flats in the Havant constituency. Since the fire I have contacted The Guinness Partnership, who own 168 flats in three high rise buildings in Leigh Park, and secured a response outlining how they will review fire safety measures.

While I’m thankful that none of the buildings in Havant have the same type of cladding as Grenfell Tower in London, I welcome the review by Guinness and I have asked for a copy of their final report to be sent to me.

Nationally, I fully support the announcement by the Government of a new independent expert advisory panel to advise on any immediate measures that can be put in place to make buildings safe. I have already met the Fire Minister and the Housing & Planning Minister about Grenfell and the actions we can take going forward.

Here in the Havant constituency I will continue to liaise with The Guinness Partnership, Havant Borough Council, the Fire Service, and local residents, regarding fire safety measures in Leigh Park’s tower blocks.

A new generation backs the Falklands’ right to self-determination

I recently wrote an article in The Times with Labour MP Wes Streeting backing the Falkland Islanders right to self determination.

Last month marked Liberation Day on the Falkland Islands, making it 35 years since the short but brutal fight to reclaim the Islands from Argentinian invaders ended in June 1982.

In February this year I visited the Islands and laid wreaths at the Liberation Monument war memorial. In this remote overseas territory in the South Atlantic I discovered a fiercely British community which greatly values its constitutional links with the UK.

I was born after the conflict but grew up understanding the impact it had on the UK at the time. I was also able to see the lasting positive impact that has come from that just fight. Young islanders now have the opportunity to go to college and university, with the vast majority coming here to the UK to study, many in the Solent Region.

The Islands’ economy, traditionally based on agriculture and fishing, is diversifying into energy exploration and tourism. This positive story should make all of us in Britain and the wider UK family proud. 

Liberation Day was marked on the Islands and in a number of services across the UK, and we should remember and give thanks to those that lost their lives or were impacted in 1982. By commemorating all those who suffered 35 years ago, we send a message from Britain – and Westminster in particular – that a new, younger generation of politicians is determined to ensure that the sacrifices made during the Falklands War are not forgotten.

Falkland Islanders can look forward to a bright, secure future safe in the knowledge that we in Britain will continue our support for their right to self-determination in the years ahead.

FULL ARTICLE HERE

COMMUNITY INFORMATION

Residents encouraged to bid for infrastructure funding

Havant Borough Council is encouraging community groups and residents to bid for £1.75million of funding it has available for infrastructure projects. 

These funds are from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) which is a charge paid by developers, mostly from the building of new homes, and is based on the size and type of the development.

The bidding process for CIL Funds commences on Friday 30 June and ends on Friday 11 August 2017. Bids can be made for infrastructure projects by infrastructure providers and community groups.

More information on the bidding process can be found here.

Be drink aware this summer

The Government has recently launched a national campaign to highlight the dangers of drink driving, which is being supported by both Alan and Hampshire County Council. 

The Think campaign highlights the consequences of drink and drug driving with the Police now able to identify drug drivers with a roadside swab.

Hampshire County Council is also promoting the ‘morning after app’ – an online calculator which can be downloaded from Google Play and the App store which allows people to monitor what alcohol is still in their system from the night before, and whether they are still over the drink driving limit.

Download the Morning After calculator here.

Hayling beach wins Blue Flag honour

Hayling Island beach has now flown the prestigious Blue Flag for 26 consecutive years - an incredible achievement. 

The Blue Flag is an international award which recognises clean and safe stretches of coastline that promote environmental education and offer excellent visitor facilities.  

The stretch of Hayling’s beach which runs from the Fun Fair to the border of the golf club has been awarded the flag by the ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ campaign.

Alan said: "Securing Blue Flag status for the 26th continuous year is a fantastic achievement and reflects Hayling's status as an outstanding visitor destination."

Upcoming surgery information

 
No appointment needed. Just drop-in any time during the time slots below.
  • 14 July 2017:  3.30pm - 5:00pm, Hayling Island Community Centre 
  • 28 July 2017: 11.45am - 1.15pm, International Hall at Emsworth Methodist Church
 
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