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Welcome to my March newsletter

Dear <<First Name>>, 

Welcome to my March 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!

My next major community event is almost here! The third Havant Jobs, Apprenticeships and Careers Fair will be taking place this Friday 9 March, at Havant Leisure Centre.

Admission is free - and hundreds of jobs and apprenticeships will be on offer from both the public and private sector. The National Careers Service will also be holding workshops on both CV writing and job interview techniques.

Last month, I visited Cougar Automation, a local software business who hired a new graduate engineer after he attended my 2017 Fair. He is just one of many residents to get a job and start building a successful career after visiting my Jobs Fair.
This year's Fair will be taking place during National Apprenticeships Week, so I am also encouraging everyone to come along to find out more about the apprenticeships that local firms have to offer.

So whether you are looking for a job or thinking about a change of career I look forward to seeing you on the day.
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: 

  • Welcomed the Environment Minister, Thérèse Coffey to Hayling to see the new technology being used to tackle flooding and environmental damage. 
  • Pledged to cut out single-use plastics for Lent to raise awareness of the damage that plastic does to the world around us. 
  • Spoken at the 28th Annual Havant Borough Sports Awards that recognises the outstanding achievements of sportsmen and women from across Havant. 
  • Celebrated 100 years since the passing of the 1918 Act giving votes to women for the first time. 
  • Met with an attendee from last year's Jobs Fair who found work with local technology firm Cougar Automation. 
  • Presented the Havant Branch of the Royal British Legion with a cheque for £250, from the money raised at his 2017 Havant Small Business Awards.
  • Met Hampshire County Council Cabinet Member Rob Humby to discuss local service provision including waste recycling centres, the Hayling Ferry and infrastructural. 
  • Visited the new Living Well Centre run by the Rowans Hospice. A great facility for people affected by life-limiting illnesses serving the Havant constituency and south Hampshire. 
  • Backed a Private Member's Bill for a new code of conduct for private parking operators, which aims to clampdown on firms aggressively pursuing motorists for fines.
  • Met the Chief Executive of The Cystic Fibrosis Trust, David Ramsden to discuss the #OrkambiNow campaign.
  • Secured the backing of the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd for local charities like the Southern Domestic Abuse Service that helps those who have experienced domestic abuse. 


Jobs Fair graduate spearheading firm’s technological drive

A graduate who found work after attending my Jobs, Apprenticeships and Careers Fair last year has been spearheading the work being done by a local firm to develop cutting edge new technology.

I met Sam Fulcher (pictured centre) who attended the Fair after being encouraged by a family member and was then taken on by Cougar Automation, who are at the forefront of the next generation of technological development, working on smart systems and cyber defence.

I was delighted to meet Sam, and hear about how he is building a career for himself at Cougar. It is great that we have a local company that’s specialising in new technology and is at the cutting edge of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 

Cougar will be at my third Jobs, Apprenticeships and Careers Fair, which returns to Havant Leisure Centre on Friday 9 March from 10am to 3pm. 

Admission is free, with hundreds of jobs and apprenticeships on offer from both the public and private sector. The National Careers Service will also be holding workshops on both CV writing and job interview techniques.

I encourage anyone looking for work or a change of career to come on the day to find out more. 


Environment Minister sees new technology protecting Hayling coastline

Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey visited Hayling Island to see how the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership (ESCP) are using new technology to protect the Hayling coastline from flooding and environmental damage. 

The ESCP is a coalition of local specialist coastal officers and engineers managing the Solent coastline as part of a partnership between Havant Borough Council and neighouring authorities. 

I invited the Minister, whose portfolio includes flood defence, to hear how innovative solutions are being used by the ESCP to protect Hayling from flooding.

The innovative technologies we saw included smart pebbles, which enable the organisation to track the movement of sediment along the beach, as well as laser scanning to create a 3D map of the coastline.

Hayling Island is famous for its stretch of coast, so it was great to show her the organisations that are working hard to preserve and protect it from flooding and environmental damage.   


Handing £275 cheque to Havant
Royal British Legion Branch

Last month I handed over a cheque for £275 to the Havant Branch of the Royal British Legion, following a raffle I held at my Havant Small Business Awards.

More than £500 was raised by the raffle, with the proceeds split between the Southern Domestic Abuse Service, and the Royal British Legion.

As a longstanding Royal British Legion volunteer, I was delighted to hand over the money to help fund their excellent work supporting veterans locally. I’ve worked closely with the charity since I was first elected, including helping with the poppy appeal around the constituency. It’s so important that we recognise and thank those who have served their country in conflict.

This money will help them continue the work they are doing as an organisation in supporting veterans who live in the Havant area.


Our local sports stars continue to shine

While all eyes were on Pyeongchang, South Korea for the Winter Olympics, in Havant I was delighted to be at the 38th Annual Havant Borough Sports Awards for the third year running.

The event recognises the outstanding achievements of sportsmen and women from across Havant and as President of the Havant Borough Sports Association, I have attended every year since becoming your MP.

One of my key aims is to increase sporting participation across the constituency, and I am delighted that exciting projects, such as a new artificial pitch at Front Lawn which I recently opened, will boost the number of people playing sport on a regular basis. Plans for a similar development at Havant Rugby Club are well under way.

With state-of-the-art facilities ready to be used, our next generation of sports stars will hopefully be inspired by the achievements of both our local sports teams and the achievements of Team GB in South Korea


Cutting out single-use plastics for Lent

Like millions of people around the country, watching Blue Planet I was shocked by the damage that throwaway plastics are causing to our oceans and I’m determined to take action by reducing the number of plastics I use. 

I and 40 other Conservative MPs and Ministers pledged to reduce our use of harmful single-use plastics for Lent. Along with Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and Greg Clark, the Business Secretary, our aim is to raise awareness about the difficulties consumers face in going plastic free in everyday life. 

The campaign was launched after the Government unveiled a 25 year plan for improving the environment, outlining the ways in which government will work with communities and businesses to leave the environment in a better state for future generations. 

One million birds, and over 100,000 other sea mammals and turtles die every year from eating and getting tangled in plastic waste, which is why I also pledged my support for Sky Ocean Rescue campaign to #PassOnPlastic, a commitment to reduce my single-use plastic consumption.

After the 40 day challenge, I and other MPs will be inviting plastics manufacturers and businesses to a round table to discuss their experiences and see if more can be done to reduce our reliance on plastic.


Celebrating 100 years of votes for women

February saw the 100 year anniversary of the Act which for the first time gave women the chance to vote in 1918. 
I am delighted by the progress that has been made towards equality over the past century, including the election of Theresa May as our second female Prime Minister. Today, there are over 200 female MPs of all parties and our democracy is much stronger as a result.
Under this Government, more women are in work than ever before, a record 70.8 per cent, and the gender pay gap is at the lowest level on record. In addition, the Government is working hard to remove barriers to women and men returning to work by ensuring availability and affordability of childcare.
The centenary is a great celebration, but there is still more to be done to eliminate the gender pay gap as well as achieve the long-term ambition of ensuring equal numbers of male and female MPs. 104 constituencies at the last election had no female candidates, and more must be done to remove the barriers preventing women entering politics.

A £5 million fund has been created so events, large and small are held across the country. Hopefully this can be a springboard to inspire more young women into politics at all levels.


Backing a new code of conduct for private parking firms

In Parliament, I backed a Private Member's Bill introduced by Conservative backbench MP Sir Greg Knight, which aims to clampdown on firms aggressively pursuing motorists for fines.

Under the plans, parking companies that fail to abide by the rules will be banned from accessing a database of 40million vehicle records managed by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). Private parking companies obtain drivers’ details from the DVLA and can pursue them with letters demanding money for overstaying in car parks.

Nearly 10,000 people approached Citizens Advice for advice on private parking tickets last year, and parking firms are issuing almost 13 times more tickets than a decade ago.



Could your community group benefit from the new Havant Community Lottery?

Local community groups are now able to register themselves as a Good Cause for the first draw from the new Havant Community Lottery on Saturday 7th April. 

Havant Borough Community Lottery is an exciting weekly lottery that raises money for good causes in Havant. All good causes supported by the lottery will benefit Havant and its residents. Registered groups will get their own Havant Community Lottery page, where in mid-March, supporters will be able to sign up and purchase tickets.
For more information about the Havant Community Lottery click here.

With weather deteriorating, please check on your vulnerable neighbours. 

As temperatures struggle to get above freezing and snow is forecast over the next few days, I urge residents to keep an eye on vulnerable family and neighbours. 

If anyone is worried about an elderly neighbour or relative, they should call Hampshire County Council’s Adults’ Health and Care team on 0300 555 1386, during the week in working hours, (8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 4.30pm Friday) or call 0300 555 1373 out of hours and on weekends and Bank Holidays.

More information on Hampshire roads during severe weather is available on Hantsweb.

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: 
  • 23 March, 16:00 - 17:30
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Post: Building 6000, Langstone Technology Park, Havant, PO9 1SA
Phone: 023 9241 5620

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