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Photo of the month: Alan Mak MP joined the early morning shift at Havant's Royal Mail sorting office to thank local postmen and women for their hard work over the festive period.

Welcome to my January newsletter

Dear <<First Name>>, 

Welcome to my January 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!

Happy New Year! I hope residents enjoyed the Christmas break and are looking forward to a successful year ahead.

Thank you to everyone whose commitment to duty kept them at work over the festive period. In particular, thank you to all of the hard working men and women in our emergency services, as well as our Armed Forces around the world. Having met some of them during my placement with the Royal Navy, I know their dedication and service is not forgotten. 

This year is set to be another busy one for me, and I look forward to organising all three of my popular community events in 2018.
The first event is my third Havant Jobs, Apprenticeships and Careers Fair, taking place on Friday 9 March from 10am to 3pm at Havant Leisure Centre. The event is free for all residents, and I encourage everyone to come along on the day to find out more. Details about my Older Persons Information Fair and Small Business Awards will be available later in the year. 
Thank you to residents for your ongoing support, and I will continue working hard for you locally and in Westminster in 2018. 
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: 

  • Launched a national campaign by Superdrug to recruit 500 new Apprenticeships in 2018 following an announcement at the firm’s Havant store.
  • Backed the final report of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, which was published last month.
  • Lobbied Police Minister Nick Hurd during a meeting in Parliament to make the case for more funding for Hampshire Constabulary.
  • Helped raise more than £250 towards the campaign to build a specialist domestic abuse refuge in South East Hampshire.
  • Met local postmen and women on the early shift at Havant's Royal Mail sorting office to thank them for hard work over the festive period. 
  • Spoken for the third year running at the AGM of Citizen's Advice Havant to update them on his work over the last year. 
  • Written to the Chief Executive of Barclays bank to ask him to re-think the bank’s “disappointing” decision to close its Hayling Island branch.


Calling on Barclays to reverse bank closure

Following the disappointing decision by Barclays to close their Hayling Island branch, I have written to the bank's Chief Executive to ask him to re-consider the planned closure as a matter of urgency. 

Last month Barclays announced that its Elm Grove branch (pictured) will close on Friday 23 March 2018, impacting around 200 customers who have no access to online banking. The decision means those customers, many of whom are elderly, may have to make a round trip to Havant to access banking services.

Further to this, I have also asked for a number of questions surrounding the closure to be answered, as well as inviting representatives of the bank to a roundtable meeting of community leaders which I will chair.

In the meantime, we must keep supporting Hayling’s shops, our remaining bank, and the Post Office which offers banking services. Our local economy across Hayling is strong and we must all work together to keep it that way.


Launching Superdrug apprenticeship scheme at Havant store

Last month I launched a national campaign by Superdrug to recruit 500 new Apprentices in 2018 at their Havant store on West Street. The move will see an Apprentice placed in every other store across the country.

In Westminster I am Co-Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Apprenticeships, leading work in Parliament to promote the Government's target of reaching three million apprenticeships by 2020.

The Superdrug announcement comes as my Havant Jobs, Apprenticeships and Careers Fair returns again in March for the third consecutive year. Last year the event offered hundreds of apprenticeships at some of the area’s most prestigious firms. My Fair this year will take place at Havant Leisure Centre on Friday 9 March from 10am to 3pm.


Raising money for domestic abuse charity

A charity raffle I organised has helped raise more than £250 towards the campaign to build a specialist domestic abuse refuge in South East Hampshire.

Southern Domestic Abuse Service (SDAS) are currently running a ‘buy a brick’ campaign to help turn the vision of a safe house into a reality, a fundraising effort I've been supporting over the last year. 

In total, £550 was raised by the raffle at my Havant Small Business Awards recently, with the proceeds split equally with the Royal British Legion, and I was at the charity’s Havant headquarters to hand over the cheque.

I’ve worked closely with the charity since I was first elected, helping support a number of successful bids for grant funding from central Government. So I know that the work they do to support local women and rebuild lives in the community is absolutely vital.

To buy a virtual brick and support the safe house campaign visit Bronze, silver and gold coloured bricks can be ‘bought’ in return for donations of £25, £100 or £1000 and dedications and messages can also be added to the larger value bricks. So far more £60,000 has been raised towards the target.



Government's Brexit deal good news for local exporters


When the first stage of the Brexit negotiations began, the Prime Minister set out three clear priorities – a deal on citizens’ rights, no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic, and a fair financial settlement.

The agreement the Government reached with the EU last month delivers on all three of those promises and means we can move onto the important trade negotiations.

Meeting with many successful Havant businesses, I know how vital it is for our exporters that we get a good deal in place for when we leave the European Union. Companies such as Kenwood, Lockheed Martin, Eaton, Apollo Fire Detectors, Colt International and Lewmar - and many others - all develop or manufacture products here in the constituency to sell around the world.

This exporting creates local jobs, and there is no reason why when we leave the EU this cannot continue to grow as barriers to trade are eliminated.

However, we still need to be pragmatic, and ensure that the deal we get with the EU means that businesses are not inhibited from trading with our European partners.

I recently welcomed Treasury Minister Andrew Jones to Kenwood (pictured) on New Lane in Havant for a tour of the site and he stressed how the Government is listening to businesses when it comes to deciding our future trade relationship with the EU.

That’s why the deal the Prime Minister made to move the negotiations forward was so important. We can now get on with creating a future trade relationship which not only works for business but delivers on our pledge to leave the EU.


Lobbying the Police Minister and securing a visit to Havant

Police Minister Nick Hurd has confirmed he will visit Havant later this year to discuss police funding after I lobbied him at a meeting in Parliament last month, following up my work over the last 2 years on this issue. 

The Government recently announced that Hampshire Police is set to receive an extra £9.6million next year, an above inflation increase in funding, if our local Police & Crime Commissioner uses new powers granted to him. 

In my meeting, the Minister made clear that although the Government was sympathetic towards Hampshire’s case, money still has to be allocated towards areas with the greatest levels of crimes.

Despite a couple of high profile incidents on Hayling Island, in general the crime rate in the Havant constituency and Hampshire is far below the national average. 

I look forward to welcoming the Minister to Havant so he can meet some of our dedicated police officers, and I’ll continue campaigning for more resources for Hampshire Police.


Backing cross-party commission calls for a new national strategy to combat loneliness

After supporting the work of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness during 2017, I have backed the group's final report, which was published last month. 

The Commission was established by Jo Cox before her murder in June 2016 and has been continued to carry forward her determination to turbo-charge the national response. I have been a spokesperson for the campaign over the last 12 months as well as supporting the Commission’s #HappyToChat initiative at my Havant Older Persons Information Fair earlier this year.

The report concludes that ‘Tackling loneliness is a generational challenge that can only be met by concerted action by everyone. Governments, employers, businesses, civil society organisations, families, communities and individuals all have a role to play.’

More than 9 million people in the UK – almost a fifth of the population – say they are always or often lonely, which is why I am delighted that the commission will continue its work with the formation of an All Party Parliamentary Group on Loneliness. Rachel Reeves and Seema Kennedy have worked tirelessly to put together this report, and their inspirational work continues to engage people across the country.

I welcome this report, and by implementing its recommendations we can go a long way towards tackling loneliness in the UK.



New adoption and fostering ‘web chat’

There’s a new ‘web chat’ service for people who are interested in providing a stable and caring home for children in care in Hampshire.

During office hours, people can opt to begin a live, online ‘chat’ with an adviser if they would like to ask questions about adoption, including their potential eligibility to adopt.

There are more than 40 children in the care of Hampshire County Council who are waiting to be adopted. There is a particular need for adopters who feel they could give a home to sibling groups, or a child with disabilities.

Anyone over 18 who has a spare room and some personal or professional child care experience can apply to adopt a child, whether an individual or a couple. To find out more, please visit or call 0300 555 1384.

Free tech workshops

The O2 Havant Guru and Right at Home are offering free tech-workshops.

O2 and Right at Home have recently partnered in an effort to offer free tech-workshops, giving older residents in Havant the opportunity to brush up on their IT skills and get the most out of their mobile phones and tablets.

Workshops will be held on a monthly basis at The Beacon, 1st floor of the Meridian Centre. The first will take place on 16 January between 10am and 12pm focusing on getting started on your device, followed by social media on 13 February and photography on 20 March.

For more information or to book your place at one of the free workshops, call 023 9387 8777.

Emsworth Market dates announced

Hampshire Farmers’ Markets have released the all-important market dates for 2018 Farmer’s Markets in Emsworth. Home reared-meats, eggs, cheese, milk, ice cream, wine, beer, apple juice, bread, cakes, bakes, pickles, chutneys, preserves, fruits and vegetables are just some of the items on sale. Having visited a number of times myself, I know the Market is not to be missed!

2018 dates: 
January - Saturday 20th
February - Saturday 17th
March - Saturday 17th
April - Saturday 21st
May - Saturday 19th
June - Saturday 16th
July - Saturday 21st

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:
  • 18 January, 10:00 - 11:30 
  • 8 February, 09:00 - 10:30
  • 23 March, 16:00 - 17:30
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Phone: 023 9241 5620

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