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Photo of the month: Alan Mak MP with pupils from Springwood Infant School at the Cenotaph in Westminster ahead of Armistice Day. It was one of a number of Remembrance events attended by Alan, including the Remembrance Sunday Parade in Havant.

Welcome to my December newsletter

Dear <<First Name>>, 
Welcome to my December 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!
As a busy year comes to an end, I want to thank all residents for your support in 2016, from attending my major community events such as the Jobs & Apprenticeships Fair, Small Business Awards, and Older Persons’ Information Fair at Hayling Community Centre to the many people I’ve met around the constituency at fetes, schools, coffee mornings and surgeries.

During November, I was delighted to see strong support from all residents for the Poppy Appeal. All the money raised goes towards essential services to help our brave servicemen and women and veterans. It is a cause that people of all ages can get fully behind, from schoolchildren to pensioners. Every year I volunteer to sell poppies for the Royal British Legion and I am always moved by the support from local residents.

During the last month, I have also been finding out more about the work being done by doctors at Havant Health Centre and Southern Health NHS Trust to change perceptions of how heathcare is delivered in the community, as part of an initiative called Better Local Care.

Supporting GPs is at the heart of the Government's commitment to a high quality, seven-day health service, but a key message is that residents can always do more to help themselves. This starts with using modern technology, and Better Local Care’s eConsult service enables patients to receive medical advice without having to go into the practice. I tested eConsult out for myself and saw first-hand the wealth of information available online.

The staff at Havant Health Centre are doing an excellent job, and I'm delighted they're expanding their service to include giving patients access to the expert advice using new technology.

In Westminster, I published my report on the Fourth Industrial Revolution where I set out 20 ideas for the Government about how Britain can lead the way in developing new technologies such as driverless cars and 3D printing. Business Secretary Greg Clark welcomed my report and spoke at the launch event.

I also met Chancellor Philip Hammond ahead of the Autumn Statement, urging him to commit funding for the tech economy and entrepreneurs, including a new research and innovation hub for the Solent region. I was pleased to see £2billion of funding announced for science and technology in the Autumn Statement.
My next community event to put in your diary will be my Havant Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair 2017 at Havant Leisure Centre on Friday 3 March, which is open to all residents.
Thank you to residents for your continued support, and I will continue working hard for you locally and in Westminster. Have an excellent Christmas and a peaceful New Year.
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: 

  • Published a report on the Fourth Industrial Revolution outlining 20 policy recommendations for the Government, including pivoting away from the EU's precautionary principle, and investing in science and technology. The full report can be downloaded here.
  • Lobbied the Cabinet Minister in charge of local government over housing infrastructure funding, particularly on Hayling Island. Sajid Javid MP highlighted new funds which have been made available to local authorities such as Havant Borough Council as they look to build more new homes.
  • Shown his support for White Ribbon Day, getting behind the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
  • Been interviewed by the BBC Radio 4 flagship Sunday news programme, The World This Weekend, at the Leigh Park Working Men's Club about his report on the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 
  • Met journalism students from Highbury College both at The Portsmouth News and in Westminster, getting behind the innovative classroom in the newsroom initiative. 
  • Backed the Autumn Statement as good news for working families in Havant, while also tackling the long-term challenges faced by the economy.
  • Organised the first Havant Oxbridge Schools Conference, boosting aspirations of the brightest students in the constituency, and helping then apply to leading universities.
  • Chaired a panel event featuring Government Minister Nick Hurd MP and leading industry representatives about Britain's future economy & manufacturing, as part of his work as the chairman of the new All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 
  • Backed the Emsworth ONE Day Calendar 2017, which aims to celebrate life in the town in pictures, buying copies for both his Westminster and Havant offices. 
  • Congratulated a Hayling Island publican on winning a regional award for her outstanding community fundraising efforts. 
  • Urged the Chancellor to boost funding for the tech economy and entrepreneurs, and commit to funding for housing-related infrastructure, during a meeting with him ahead of the Autumn Statement.
  • Joined hundreds of residents and veterans to mark Remembrance Sunday in Havant. For Armistice Day Alan was at Crookhorn College for a Remembrance Assembly where the whole school marked the two minute silence.
  • Spoken to local business leaders at the inaugural South Downs College Business Breakfast, highlighting the important work undertaken by apprentices and businesses across the Havant constituency.
  • Given a talk to students from Oaklands School about his role as our local MP and his route into politics.


Oxbridge Schools Conference a big success 

Pupils from five Havant schools were at Park Community School in November to receive an Oxbridge masterclass from outreach officers from Oxford and Cambridge universities.

I organised the first Havant Oxbridge Schools Conference to help boost the aspirations of students across the constituency and help them apply for top universities.

Students were given advice on A-level choices, degree subjects and university life during the half-day conference at Park Community School in Leigh Park. In total 70 pupils from Crookhorn College, Park Community School, Warblington School, Hayling College and Purbook Park School were at the event.

It was a really enjoyable event and I hope that all the students were able to take away valuable information that will help them get into a top university.


Radio 4 broadcast from Leigh Park club

BBC Radio 4 had a special broadcast from Leigh Park last month, with community leaders questioned on the technological changes that were highlighted in a report I recently published.

The BBC’s flagship Sunday politics programme, The World This Weekend, investigated the potential opportunities and pitfalls brought about by the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). The 4IR is a term that describes new advances in areas such as artificial intelligence, mass-automation and hyper-connectivity.

My report was published by the Free Enterprise Group and backed by the Institute of Economic Affairs think tank, and outlines 20 policy recommendations to government in order for Britain to lead the world in the 4IR.

Seizing the opportunities of this new revolution will stimulate economic growth, including in the Havant area, and an early, pro-active focus on these issues in Parliament will ensure the 4IR consists not of changes that happen to us, but of changes that work for all of us. That is my vision for the 4IR and I am proud to be the first MP to lead this work at a national level.

The BBC report explored the rise of 3D printing, with a visit to Dream 3D, a Havant based company specialising in this expanding area. This was followed-up with interviews from the Leigh Park & District Working Men's Club, where I am a member, with myself and club Chairman Doug Anderson. 


Hayling Community awards winner praised

I had the chance to visit an outstanding and inspirational Hayling Island publican who won a regional community award for her fundraising achievements.

Hayley Wallage, who runs the Lifeboat Inn on Hayling’s Seafront, scooped the regional prize in the Enterprise Community Heroes awards, after raising thousands of pounds for local charities.

Now she has been handed a £1,000 grant from Enterprise Inns to invest back into community-focused initiatives.

To win the award Hayley had to show she had gone beyond the call of duty, and shown a positive impact in the community. Over the past year alone, Hayley has been at the forefront of a number of activities that have raised money for local charities and offered support to local people. I’ve attended some of Hayley’s events, and I know how hard he has worked.

A good local pub is far more than just four walls and a bar, and the Lifeboat Inn symbolises everything that is great about the community spirit so often on display across Hayling Island and the wider Havant constituency.



Chancellor urged to boost tech funding

During a meeting with the Chancellor, I urged him to boost funding for the tech economy and entrepreneurs, and to lobby for funds for housing-related infrastructure.

Based on my report into the 4IR, I made a number of suggestions to Philip Hammond to build on his commitment to science and technology that he made during his Conservative Party Conference speech.

It contained 20 policy recommendations to the Government on the 4IR, calling on them to implement a pro-innovation approach to the industrial strategy.

It also proposed that the Government moves away from the EU’s precautionary approach to innovation and to continue improving digital infrastructure.


Minister lobbied over housing infrastructure

After listening to the concerns of a number of residents I lobbied a senior Cabinet Minister to ensure funds for infrastructure are made available to areas in South Hampshire and across the country where new housing is planned.

It follows the consultation phase of Havant Borough Council’s Local Plan, where a group of residents said that existing infrastructure may need to be upgraded to take account of additional housing over the next 20 years. The Local Plan sets out plans for new housing in the Borough between now and 2036.

In Westminster, I met Secretary of State for Local Government Sajid Javid MP to see if any central government funds could be made available for housing-related infrastructure, passing on the concerns of local residents, especially from Hayling Island.

Mr Javid responded by saying he had taken note of my strong and consistent representations to him and the Chancellor on housing-related infrastructure, and that he was aware of the Havant Borough’s characteristics including Emsworth, Bedhampton and Hayling Island.

The Cabinet Minister said the Autumn Statement saw the Government announce new funds which local councils such as Havant Borough Council and Hampshire County Council can bid for. Whilst the Council progress the Local Plan process, I am working hard in parallel, ensuring that local needs are known in Westminster, including lobbying Cabinet Ministers and senior Government officals. I am ready to back the Council's funding bids when they come forward.

Sajid Javid agreed with me that having a new Local Plan is the best defence to speculative development, and returns control over planning and development to local councillors. I will play my part and help secure central government funds for housing-related infrastructure where local & regional funding sources are not sufficient.

Click on the link below for more details, and my position paper on housing-related infrastructure.



Christmas Market Day in Emsworth

A special festive market will be taking place in Emsworth on Saturday 17 December, featuring the Hampshire Farmers' Market.

It takes place from 10am to 2pm in St Peter's Square, alongside a Christmas Fair & Santa's Grotto at the Emsworth Cottage Hospital. Christmas offers will be available throughout the day. I look forward to seeing residents there.


Community Grants for Community Matters

A Community Grant Scheme has been approved by Havant Borough Council which will see each of its Councillors having access to £1,000 to distribute to local projects and initiatives.

Each Councillor has been allocated funding for them to award to voluntary and not-for-profit organisations within, or that benefit, their ward with grants of either £100 or £200 being available.

Organisations that may benefit from the new Community Grant Scheme can approach their Ward Councillor and apply for funding. The grant scheme aims to ensure that communities can fund what is specifically important in their area.

For information on your local Councillor visit

Future drop-in surgery details this year

No appointment needed. Just drop-in any time during the time slots below.

Saturday 10 December - Tesco Extra Havant (ground floor foyer), 9.30am to 11am

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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