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Photo of the month: Alan Mak MP with happy students from Havant Sixth Form College after they collected their A-level results.

Welcome to my September newsletter

Dear <<First Name>>, 
Welcome to my September 2016 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!
After a summer of activity for me across Havant, I write as Parliament gets back into action following the summer recess. I am hitting the ground running by leading a Commons debate on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). The debate will explore how further technological change, such as advancement in artificial intelligence, automation and connectivity will impact our personal and working lives going forward. Havant has a number of businesses already leading the country in 4IR technologies. I will provide more information in next month's newsletter.

August was another successful month for our GCSE and A-level students with both sets of pupils performing very well. Supporting local schools and colleges – and our young people – is one of my top priorities as your local MP. I have visited every secondary school and many primary schools now, in some cases on more than one occasion. On A-level results day I went back to South Downs and Havant Sixth Form Colleges to support students and personally congratulate them on their hard work and success. University, apprenticeships, further study or starting the world of work are now the next steps for them, and I wish them all well. 

Job creation has always been one of my most important goals and it is why I take great interest in championing local businesses. I also encourage businesses to export, so we can sell our goods and services abroad creating jobs and wealth back home. That’s why I spent some time in Hong Kong promoting Havant-based businesses to the growing Asian market. I enjoyed meeting trade officials from the British Consulate and senior representatives from pharmaceutical manufacturer Pfizer, home appliances maker Kenwood, and Lewmar, a local marine manufacturer based on Southmoor Lane. All three businesses do well in Asia, and I left feeling confident that Havant was able to punch well above its weight in attracting international trade.

Following the success of my Jobs & Apprenticeships Fair in February, and my Small Business Awards in April, the next local community event I am organising is the first ever MP's Older Persons' Information Fair on Friday 14 October at the Hayling Island Community Centre between 10am-3pm.

The Older Persons' Information Fair  will bring together a wide range of local businesses, government agencies, community groups and charities that work with or serve older people. The Fair is free to attend, and open to everyone, including friends, family, neighbours and carers of older people.  Click here for more information. 

Thank you to residents for your continued 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: 

  • Secured the first ever House of Commons debate on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and will be citing Havant businesses during the debate.
  • Handed out prizes at the Big World Impact (BWI) Summer Sports Day, highlighting excellent community engagement taking place in Leigh Park.
  • Helped open the Hayling Island Three Churches Fete. The popular summer fete raised money for St Peter’s, St Mary’s and St Andrew’s churches. This was the second year in a row I was lucky enough to attend.
  • Met with fantastic A-level students on results day at Havant Sixth Form College and South Downs College.
  • Promoted Havant-based export business about their Asian operations during a trade mission to Hong Kong.
  • Visited Small Business Awards finalist Turbulent Designs to hear about their exciting growth plans.
  • Helped raise money for The Manor Trust in Bedhampton during their annual fundraising garden party
  • Demanded that trade unions end their unacceptable strike action that has brought chaos to the Southern Rail network.
  • Unveiled a new Community First minibus that has been funded by a grant from the Department of Transport.


Success for GCSE and A-level students

It was another fantastic showing from our A-level and GCSE students this summer.

I visited both Havant College and South Downs on Thursday 18 August to personally applaud the sixth-form and college students, with many of them now planning to go onto study at university. It was a pleasure to meet so many of the happy students.

The results from the constituency show strong performance across the board, with the number of A*- B grades especially strong.

Unveiling new community minibus

I had the chance to officially open the new Community First minibus on Wednesday 17 August. 

The charity provides crucial transport for older people and was bought using funds from the Department of Transport. It is now being used for a number of projects across the constituency. 

It comes not long after Community First were handed a grant of £50,000 by the National Lottery to fund the successful Silver Linings project at Hewitt’s in Emsworth. I  was able to see the new minibus, as well as meeting some of the users of the service. 

In addition to providing transport for the Silver Linings project, the bus has been used by, among others, the Unity Nautical Training Corps and Kids South East. They have a number of minibuses which are available to hire.


Backing Hayling Island's Lunch Club

During a visit to the Hayling Island Lunch Club last month I was able to see some of the critical work they do to improve the social lives of the elderly. It comes ahead of a special Older Persons' Information Fair I am hosting on 14 October.

I made the visit to the Hayling Island Community Centre, which will host my Older Persons' Information Fair, to meet some of the members of the lunch club.

It has been run by volunteers for around 30 years and continues to be a huge success with 35 to 40 older people attending every week. They are given a coffee in the morning, followed by a popular bingo game, and then a nutritious lunch.

The Hayling Island Community Centre also runs events throughout the week including social groups and fitness classes. It comes after the centre was awarded nearly £500,000 worth of funding in March to build a much-needed extension and provide more services.

The two storey extension will consist of a community café and kitchen on the ground floor, with seating for up to 40 people, a disabled toilet, lift and stairs to the first floor.



Supporting Havant's exporters

Backing local businesses large and small is one of my top priorities as your local MP - and I do that at home and when I'm abroad. Over the summer, I organised a short trade visit to Hong Kong promoting the work done by Havant exporters. I met with representatives from the British Consulate to discuss how Havant businesses can expand their exports in Asia as a whole.

As part of the trip I spoke with representatives from pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, home appliance maker Kenwood, and local representatives for Lewmar, a world-class marine manufacturer based on Southmoor Lane.
It is so encouraging to hear that around the world Havant is highly regarded as a place to do business. We have an excellent pool of skilled labour, nearby ports in Portsmouth and Southampton, as well as great transport links to London. All the firms I spoke with in Hong Kong had exciting plans for the future, fuelling jobs and growth in Havant and the surrounding area. Boosting sales of goods made in Havant around the world is key to securing jobs in Havant.

Unions should end Southern strike action

Many of my constituents were impacted by the trade unions striking on Southern Rail services last month.

The August strikes left all trains between Havant and Chichester cancelled, causing misery for those who rely on the rail network, and I have consistently demanded trade unions get back to the negotiating table.

I agree with the new Rail Minister Paul Maynard that the introduction of modernised trains should not be prevented by the unions.

It follows meetings that I had with members of the RMT and Aslef unions to discuss the ongoing industrial dispute, and Ministers.

The trade unions need to call off their strikes, get staff back to work, and get back around the negotiating table with Southern and Govia Thameslink.

I’ll continue to work with Ministers to keep up the pressure on the trade union leaders who’ve made travelling such a misery.



Older Persons' Information Fair - 14 October 

I am organising the first ever Havant constituency Older Persons' Information & Advice Fair on Friday 14 October at Hayling Island Community Centre, between 10am-3pm.

It will bring together a wide range of businesses, government agencies, community groups and charities that work with or serve older people. This free event is open to everyone, including the friends, family, neighbours and carers of older people. Admission and parking are both free.

No prior registration or booking is needed. Attendees can just turn up and drop-in anytime on the day

Confirmed exhibitors include: 

  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • Hampshire County Council (inc. Adult Services team)
  • Bridge Advice Centre, Hayling Island
  • AGE UK
  • Havant Citizens' Advice Bureau (CAB)

Hayling Island Quiz Night

A quiz night is being hosted at the Hayling Island Community Centre on Saturday 1 October. The event is to raise money for the extension fund.

Starting at 7pm, tickets cost £8.50 and includes supper. Teams of eight are invited to join the fun. Please contact Tania Jones on 02392 467562 for more information. 


Hampshire children invited to get creative by designing a library card in a new competition

Hampshire County Council's Library Service is inviting four to eleven year olds to get creative by designing a brand new children's library card.

Children will receive an entry form once they finish the Summer Reading Challenge along with their medal and certificate, and can create any design they imagine from now until 30 September. Designs could be inspired by a whole range of favourite animals and characters, including swashbuckling pirates, pretty princesses, daring dragons and lovely ladybirds.

Competition entries are limited to one per child and will be split into two categories; ages four to seven and eight to eleven. Both categories will have a winner and runner up with exciting prizes up for grabs for these four youngsters.

Designs can be submitted by post to Hampshire County Council. All entrants will need to provide a postal address, an email address, telephone number and age in order to be contacted if their entry is chosen.

New power cuts number launched

On 6 September a new national phone number “105” was launched by electricity network operators for customers to call should they need to report or get information about a power cut in their area.

Dialling 105 will put customers through to their local electricity network operator – the company that manages the cables, power lines and substations that deliver electricity into homes and businesses in their area.

Customers can also call the free number if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put anyone in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, 999 should also be called.


Kenwood Community Fund

The Kenwood Community Fund will focus on local community projects that address the challenges of health, nutrition and wellbeing. This fund will give priority to the smaller charities and community groups that have incomes of less than £100k but Kenwood would like to hear from other local charities with innovative projects that are making a real difference.

The fund will provide small grants up-to £7,500 which can be used in one year or over a two year period if it is a new initiative. Priority will be given to those groups supporting the most disadvantaged in their communities. Closing date for applications is 28 September. For more information visit

PCC Small Grants Award

The Police and Crime Commissioner's Small Grants Fund is intended to support services and providers with a one off payment of up to £3,000, with an aim to reduce offending or support victims of hate crime.  In particular we would like to focus on projects that increase the reporting of hate crime, improve the identification of hate crime, reduce hate crime offending or improve support for victims of hate crime.

Hate crimes are any crimes that are perceived to be targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person's: disability; race or ethnicity; religion or belief; age; sexual orientation; or gender identity. Closing date for applications is 30 September. Visit for more information. 

Solent Community Grant Programme

Grants of between £10,000 and £30,000 are available to organisations able to reach and work with individuals facing complex barriers to employment, particularly those from areas of high deprivation in the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area. 

Groups offering new and innovative projects while demonstrating a proven track record in employability programmes are encouraged to apply for the funding, which will enable individuals to move closer towards, or actually into employment.

All eligible groups in the Solent LEP area are urged to send in their applications before the closing date of September 23 via the HIWCF website Take a look and see if you are eligible for a grant.

Future drop-in surgery details

No appointment needed. Just drop-in any time during the time slots below.
Friday, September 23  – Brookfield Hotel (Slipper Room), 4pm to 5.30pm
Thursday, October 27 – Meridian Centre (near Sky stand), 9am to 10.30am 
Friday, November 18 - Hayling Island Community Centre (side room), 4pm to 5.30pm

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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