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Photo of the month: Alan Mak MP with residents at his first Havant Older Persons' Information Fair on Hayling Island, which was attended by more than 1,000 residents.

Welcome to my November newsletter

Dear <<First Name>>, 
Welcome to my November 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!
In my newsletter last month, I encouraged readers to join me at my first Havant Older Persons’ Information Fair on Hayling Island, so I was delighted that so many of you came along.

To have more than 1,000 people attend shows how strong our community spirit is locally. I hope everyone that came found out more about what’s on offer and took away valuable advice from the nearly 40 local exhibitors.

Six months of hard work has been well worth it and I am already looking forward to hosting it again next year. In the meantime, planning has already begun for my next big event – the Havant Jobs & Apprenticeships Fair on 3 March 2017. Please save the date.

In Westminster, I am due to launch my policy paper on the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The launch event will be taking place in Parliament on Monday 14 November from 6pm to 7pm with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy Greg Clark present as guest of honour. Any constituents wishing to attend please email
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: 

  • Been elected Co-Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships, leading Parliament's engagement on this topic. 
  • Organised the first ever Havant Older Persons' Information Fair, which saw more than 1,000 people attend.
  • Joined a group of MPs that backed the landmark Homelessness Reduction Bill at its Second Reading, which aims to prevent people from losing their home and ensuring more homeless people can get help when they need it.
  • Spoken at a techUK panel event on the future of artificial intelligence (AI), where he outlined the positive role AI has to play across the economy, society and government.
  • Launched the new local Stagecoach Bus app, a new service that gives customers real-time travel information.
  • Helped draw the winner of Paula Orton's fundraising Pamper Hamper raffle ahead of her Grand Canyon trek to raise money for Naomi House and Jacksplace Children and Young Adults Hospice.
  • Voted in support of Havant-based charity Southern Domestic Abuse Service to help them secure £25,000 worth of funding from the Aviva Community Fund.
  • Supported National Bookshop Day by visiting  Bookends in Emsworth and The Hayling Island Bookshop – backing the role they play in encouraging reading.
  • Helped launch Driving Miss Daisy, a new personal transport business on Hayling Island. 
  • Lobbied Government Ministers at the Conservative Party Conference on important issues that affect Havant, including fairer funding for local schools.
  • Hosted a lunch with Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Gauke for the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Entrepreneurship, bringing together business owners and policymakers.
  • Attended a Macmillan Cancer Support World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event in Parliament meeting Emsworth resident Kate Corney and hearing about her experiences fighting cancer.


Older Persons’ Information Fair big success 

More than 1,000 people descended on the Hayling Island Community Centre on Friday 14 October for the first ever Havant Older Persons’ Information Fair.

I organised the event to showcase the organisations, charities, Government bodies and businesses that support our senior citizens in the community.

The event was an overwhelming success thanks to the community's support and the more than 40 exhibitors who had stalls.

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


Supporting local stores on Bookshop Day 

Everyone should try reading a book. That was my message in October, as I showed my support for national Bookshop Day by visiting two local independent retailers.

The visits were part of the national Books Are My Bag campaign, with booksellers all over the country celebrating the vital role bookshops play in the community.

I made visits to two independent bookshops in the Havant constituency – Bookends in Emsworth and The Hayling Island Bookshop – backing the role they play in encouraging reading.

Bookshops remain the best way to discover new books and I am delighted to get behind such an excellent campaign.


Voting to help local domestic abuse charity

I gave my support to a local domestic abuse charity by voting online in order to help them secure £25,000 worth of funding and encouraged everyone else to do the same.

Havant-based charity Southern Domestic Abuse Service (SDAS) is aiming to receive money from the Aviva Community Fund by winning the popular vote. The most popular organisations go into the finals, where a panel of judges decide whether to award funds of up to £25,000.

SDAS hope the money will fund a playroom and garden in a refuge that will help children who are victims of domestic abuse and domestic violence deal with their trauma and enjoy normal childhood experiences.

I was delighted to vote for SDAS and I encourage everyone to get online to help this excellent local charity. Providing shelter to victims of domestic abuse is an essential service.



Backing landmark homelessness bill

A proposed Bill to help tackle homelessness cleared a landmark hurdle following the cross-party support of a group of MPs, including myself.

I backed the Homelessness Reduction Bill at its Second Reading, helping to bring the proposed legislation one step closer to becoming law. In order to vote, I moved my usual constituency day from Friday to Thursday to ensure I was in the House of Commons.

Supported by homelessness charities including Crisis, the Bill could transform the help available to homeless people by ensuring councils in England offer greater support to rough sleepers.

The Private Members’ Bill, propelled by backbenchers, has now received the "full and unfettered" support of the Government, with Communities Secretary Sajid Javid saying he is “determined” to help those who lose their homes.

Thankfully homelessness is low across Havant, but we should not be complacent on a national level. That’s why I made the effort to be in Parliament on a Friday to join a group of MPs who are pushing this proposed new law forward.


Also in Westminster.....

Supporting Macmillan's Parliamentary Coffee Morning

The excellent Macmillan Cancer Support World’s Biggest Coffee Morning came to the House of Commons in October and I was delighted to meet Emsworth resident Kate Corney (pictured), who was at the event.

Kate was able to share her own experience of fighting cancer and the support she was given by the NHS and Macmillan.

The coffee morning has raised more than £138 million for Macmillan since its launch in 1990 and I know that the event is also exceptionally popular in Havant.

Founding new Fourth Industrial Revolution group

One of the biggest challenges facing the global economy in the coming years will be the rise of new technologies that will change the employment landscape.

What is now being dubbed as the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is defined by hyper-connectivity, mass-automation and artificial intelligence.

Last month, I founded the new All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the 4IR which will aim to keep the profile of these emerging industries on the Government radar. I will also serve as the APPG's first Chairman. 

The APPG will be hosting a number of events throughout the year with the first being a panel event taking place on 22 November featuring Business Minister Nick Hurd.

New Chairman of Apprenticeships APPG

It was a great privilege to be elected as the Co-Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships. 

It follows my strong record of support for apprenticeships as a way of giving young people the skills to succeed in industry. This includes locally hosting the first ever Havant Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair this year, with another one planned for 2017.

The APPG on Apprenticeships is a cross-party group of MPs and Peers which provides a forum for parliamentarians and employers to discuss how to promote the role of high quality apprenticeships.


Annual Havant Bonfire and Fireworks night

Havant Borough Council’s annual Bonfire and Fireworks Display will be taking place from 5pm on Saturday 5 November, at Stockheath Common, Leigh Park, with lots to do before the bonfire is lit at 7.30pm. The free firework display starts at approximately 8pm.

This inclusive, family event for all ages to enjoy promises explosive fun with children’s rides and side stalls selling food and drink.

Stockheath Lane and Alresford Road, Leigh Park will be closed to traffic from 4pm to allow the rides and stalls to be set up.  Riders Lane will be closed by 5pm and parking will not be permitted.

For more information on the event, contact Havant Borough Council’s Customer Services Team on 023 9244 6019.


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

No appointment needed. Just drop-in any time during the time slots below.
Friday 18 November – Hayling Island Community Centre (side room), 4pm to 5.30pm

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

Contact me

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Please include your full address including postcode in all communications. 

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

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