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Photo of the month: Alan Mak MP with some of the winners at his Havant Small Business Awards Ceremony held last week.

Welcome to my November newsletter

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

Since my last newsletter a month ago, I’ve been very busy organising two of my popular community events, which I’m pleased to say were very well received again, in addition to my regular work across the constituency and in Westminster.
It was great to see so many of you come to the Hayling Island Community Centre for my second annual Havant Older Persons Information Fair.
In total, we had around 1,000 attendees come on the day to find out more about what’s on offer in the community for our senior citizens. In addition, I used the event to support two great community initiatives – Dementia Friendly Hayling, and the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness. Overall, around 20 local people became Dementia Friends having attended the free training on offer at my Fair, and I encourage anyone interested to visit to find out when the next training session takes place.
I also hosted my second Havant Small Business Awards, a wonderful celebration of the best firms in our local area - and the inspirational people behind them. We had hundreds of nominations from members of the public, and a high quality set of finalists in each category.
The overall winner was the Hayling Ferry, which was recognised for the dedication and hard work put in by skipper Colin Hill and his team during the last 12 months to get the Ferry operating commercially.

Anyone interested in finding out who was announced as winners in each of the 12 categories, including Best Café, Takeaway, Pub, and Restaurant, should visit my website by clicking here
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: 

  • Organised his second Havant Older Persons Information Fair, which attracted around 1,000 residents. 
  • Backed a new law in Parliament to provide stronger protection for Police and other emergency service workers who are assaulted in the line of duty. 
  • Hosted his second Havant Small Business Awards, with the Hayling Ferry beating hundreds of other nominations to scoop the top prize.
  • Encouraged residents to get out onto the water after spending a morning rowing with the Langstone Cutters Gig Club.
  • Hosted a Parliamentary reception for Klaus Schwab, Chairman of the World Economic Forum, to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which included a technology demonstration by Havant-based defence contractor Lockheed Martin who he invited down to Westminster.  
  • Backed a tough new Government law to strengthen sentences for killer drivers.
  • Joined poppy sellers in the Meridian Centre to raise money for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. 
  • Met Schools Minister, Nick Gibb MP, and the Education Secretary, Justine Greening MP, to discuss education funding for Havant schools. Every school in the constituency will now see a rise in its budget. 


Hayling Ferry wins top prize at awards night

The Hayling Ferry scooped the top prize at the Havant Small Business Awards which I organised again this year.

The service, which is owned by Baker Trayte Marine, has over the last year transported 50,000 passengers from Hayling Island to Eastney, Portsmouth and beat hundreds of other nominations to the coveted award.

The winners in each of the categories all had the same desire to go the extra mile for customers and shared a wish to give something back to our local area.
For instance, Colin Hill, the skipper of the Hayling Ferry, pictured alongside me and guest speaker Will Butler-Adams (Managing Director of Brompton Bicycle), epitomised this exemplary attitude, tirelessly working to ensure that the business not only works as a commercial success but becomes a valuable community asset too.
Others,​ such as the Lifeboat Inn on Hayling, which won the Best Pub category, demonstrated remarkable charitable fundraising, with publican Hayley Wallage and her team raising an astonishing £18,000 for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (the RNLI).
Every single firm had an inspirational story to tell, and from seeing the nominations it’s obvious why small businesses in our area remain so popular. 
Also thank you to everyone who contributed to our charity raffle, helping to raise more than £500 for two excellent charities – the Royal British Legion and the Southern Domestic Abuse Service, which I have supported as your local MP.


Huge turnout for second Older Persons Fair

My hugely popular Havant Older Persons Information Fair returned to the Hayling Island Community Centre last month, with around a thousand people flocking to the event.

The event showcased around 40 organisations that support senior citizens in the community, including everything from groups such as the U3A, Hayling Choir and Men’s Shed to statutory bodies such as Hampshire County Council, the NHS and Hampshire Police. In addition a number of charities that support older people were also involved including Age UK, Diabetes UK and the Alzheimer's Society.

Also for the first time my Fair offered residents the chance to become a Dementia Friend, with sessions run by Dementia Friendly Hayling.

The event was a tremendous success and thank you to all the exhibitors and the residents who came on the day.

With another huge turnout, it shows how many residents want to find out more about the excellent services available for older people locally. I hope many will have been able to join new groups and find out more information about what can be provided in the community.

The Fair is fast becoming an annual fixture, and I look forward to it returning in 2018. I will keep residents posted on details in future editions of my newsletter. 


Stay healthy by trying free rowing sessions

Staying active is vital for a healthy lifestyle, no matter how old you are. So I was delighted to recently visit the Langstone Cutters Gig Club to get involved with some rowing, hear about the phenomenal growth the Club has had in the last few years, and receive a tour of their brand new clubhouse at Northney Marina on Hayling Island.

Rowing is easy to pick up, social and has seen a boom in popularity in recent years - the Gig Club has seen its membership rise from 17 founding members four years ago to 130 active rowers today.
By joining a club like the Langstone Cutters, you can improve your health as well as have a great time and meet new people.
The NHS says that regular exercise can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%.
The Langstone Cutters also run free introductory rowing sessions for anyone interested in taking up the sport. These are aimed at first time rowers and are held on most Saturdays throughout the year commencing at 2pm. There is also a Junior Session held on Saturdays starting at 12.30pm.
Rowing takes place throughout the year and if you are interested in finding out more then get in contact with Brian West, Open Rowing Co-ordinator, on 07713 987590 or email



Showcasing Havant tech in Westminster

Recently, I hosted the founder and chairman of the World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab in Parliament for the Autumn Reception of my All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). While there, I was able to show him the new Outrider drone which has been designed and developed by a team from Lockheed Martin in Havant.

This canister-fired drone, pictured, can be launched at the press of a button. While it will be primarily used by the military to keep British troops safe, it has civilian capabilities too, especially in search and rescue operations. 
I’m proud that engineers and designers, based here in Havant, are developing world-class products that have the ability to transform the global economy and which are exported around the world.
If the rest of the UK can adopt the same forward-thinking mentality, then the country could capitalise on the new technology of the 4IR, creating economic growth and well-paid skilled jobs, like those here in Havant. 
As Professor Schwab said in his speech, “the 4IR is the key economic and political phenomenon of our time”, and I’m working hard to make sure it is at the top of the agenda in Parliament - and that our constituency's success in this area is widely known in Westminster.

Ahead of the visit I also co-authored with Professor Schwab an article for The Times, setting out how the UK can lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which can be read here.

Backing new law to protect emergency service workers

I am supporting a new Bill in Parliament which will provide stronger protection for the Police and other emergency service workers who are assaulted in the line of duty.

The Private Member's Bill was put forward by Labour MP Chris Bryant who came first in a ballot of backbench MPs who wanted to introduce new laws.

If passed, the Bill would make assaulting emergency workers in the execution of their duty an aggravated offence. It would also introduce mandatory blood testing for anyone who spits at police officers and their blue-light colleagues.

It is important that our emergency workers across Havant and around the country should be able to carry out their duties without fear of assault. We need to ensure that those on the front line of responding to life or death situations or upholding the law, have the full protection of the law. This Bill will provide Hampshire Police and the Courts with the powers they need to deal effectively with those who use violence against our emergency workers.

I will continue backing this Bill as it progresses through Parliament.


Supporting tough new sentences for
killer drivers

Behind every conviction of a killer driver is a tragic victim, somebody who had their life cut short by the irresponsible actions of others.
Over the last year I’ve been working hard to ensure that the law is strengthened, both as a constituency MP and in Westminster as part of the team at the Ministry of Justice through my role as Parliamentary Private Secretary.
So I am pleased that the Government has now confirmed plans for stronger sentences for killer drivers – including life sentences for those who cause death by dangerous driving, and for careless drivers who kill while under the influence of drink or drugs. In addition a new offence of causing serious injury through careless driving is to be created, all part of government action to make roads safer.
As an active local MP, I’ve also backed local residents who have campaigned for increased road safety such as Rebecca Roe-Stacey, a Leigh Park resident, pictured.
Killer drivers rip apart families and ruin lives. That’s why the message is now crystal clear: if you drive dangerously and kill on our roads, you could face a life sentence.


Free parking for Small Business Saturday

Free parking will be on offer across Havant for Small Business Saturday. The national campaign to encourage people to support their local small and independent businesses returns on Saturday 2 December, and will once again be supported by Alan. 

For the event, three hours of free parking will be available in any of the town centre pay and display car parks.

This offer allows shoppers and motorists the chance to enjoy the wide range of independent stores, which boost our local economy.

Any small businesses interested in hosting Alan for Small Business Saturday should email 

Get a flu jab this winter 

The NHS offers the flu vaccine free of charge to those individuals most at risk from catching flu and developing serious complications. This includes anyone who is the main carer for an elderly or disabled person at home, pregnant women, the over 65s and others, both adults and children, with certain existing health conditions such as diabetes and asthma.

The flu vaccine for children is not an injection – just a quick nasal spray, which helps protect them from flu and also reduces the risk of them spreading it to others.  Ask your GP about the free flu vaccine for your child now.

Children aged 4 – 8 are also eligible for the flu vaccination. More information about when and how your child will be vaccinated can be found on the NHS Children's Flu Vaccine web pages

Future MP advice surgery details

If you would like an appointment at either of these surgeries, please get in touch.

Thursday 23 November - 9am to 10.30am - Venue to be notified to those with appointments.

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

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

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