Alan Whitehead MP

Member of Parliament for Southampton Test

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In Parliament today, Alan met a group of 11 students to support the Norstec Acadamy skills pilot. 

The pilot scheme aims to encourage young people get into the offshore wind sector. 

Alan said: 

“Offshore wind brings huge economic benefits, including jobs and expertise, to the UK and the industry provides an opportunity to invest in essential skills and training for young people. Today I was very pleased to meet some of the enthusiastic young people who will one day lead this growing sector.”

“The Norstec Academy pilot is an excellent initiative and I am pleased to be a part of something which will help build the next generation of talent and will hopefully secure the future of a major part of the UK economy.”

Alan backs scheme encouraging young people to make their mark in the renewable energy sector

In Parliament today, Alan met a group of 11 students to support the Norstec Acadamy skills pilot. 

calendar.jpgFind out what Alan is up to this week.

Monday 7th July - Sunday 13th July

• Monday – Opening the new UPS facility in the Millbrook Trading Estate. Founders' Day awards ceremony at Richard Taunton Sixth Form College. Speaking at Environmental Industries Commission Smart Meter report launch. E.ON Annual Stakeholder event.
• Tuesday – Energy and Climate Change Select Committee meeting. Meeting with APSE regarding the Local Authority Energy Collaboration project. APPG on Poland AGM. Power 2020 Policy Forum ‘What should be in the UK’s energy mix to keep the lights on and meet decarbonisation by 2030?’. Sustainable Energy Association event.
• Wednesday – Meeting with CPL Industries regarding off-grid renewable heating. Energy and Climate Change Select Committee meeting. Meeting with Air Products regarding waste export, RO accreditation and EMR secondary legislation. PMQs. Carbon Capture and Storage Association event. Environmental Audit Select Committee meeting. Speaking at an APPG for Intelligent Energy-PRASEG event 'The role of gas heating innovation in a changing policy environment'.
• Thursday – Chairing a Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum seminar ‘Implementing the Electricity Market Reform Delivery Plan’. Speaking to students taking part in the Norstec Academy regarding working in the renewable energy sector. Meeting with Centrica regarding gas fired power generation and the capacity market.
• Friday – Meeting residents from St Matthew's Close to discuss anti-social behaviour. Second constituency advice surgery of the month.
• Saturday – Coffee morning for Redbridge residents. Southampton Mela Festival.
• Sunday – Southampton Labour Party event.

This week's diary

Find out what Alan is up to this week.

In a debate on the private rented sector, Alan Whitehead MP today blasted DCLG for failing to “get their act together” to pass legislation to improve the quality of rented housing. 

There are around 25, 000 privately rented homes in Southampton – about a quarter of all the properties in the city. And half that number are houses in multiple occupation where tenants are let part of a house or a room.  

Renters in Southampton are now paying on average £1000 more a year in rent than they did in 2010. In many cases they face rip-off charges by letting agents, unpredictable jumps in their rent, insecure tenancies and poor quality housing.

Alan also recently called on the Prime Minister to explain why the Government had not included measures to tackle sky-high rents and insecure tenancies in the Queen’s Speech but did not receive any serious assurance from the David Cameron.  

Speaking during the debate Alan said:

There are many first class landlords in Southampton…that really look after the people who come to them for lets. But the point is that the nature of the rented market at the moment, couched as it is in insecurity, means that there is always the fear among renters that [unreasonable behaviour by landlords to their tenants] may happen to them”

There needs to be a basic understanding that homes will be fit to live in when rents and tenancies are agreed…so why is DCLG trying to stop this happening?”

Alan calls on DCLG to improve housing standards in the private rented sector

In a debate on the private rented sector, Alan Whitehead MP today blasted DCLG for failing to “get their act together” to pass legislation to improve the quality of rented...


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