7th March: Alan calls on government to do more to boost apprenticeships
Southampton MP, Alan Whitehead, has today called on the Tory-led Government to do more to increase apprenticeship opportunities for young people after visiting Selex ES in Southampton.
The latest unemployment statistics show that across the country more than 900,000 young people aged between 16 and 24 are now out of work.
6th March: Increased Recycling Needs Both Carrot and Stick
Responding to an Ethos Journal article on how to change recycling habits, the Sustainable Resource APPG Co-Chairman Alan Whitehead MP argues that incentive schemes to encourage recycling do not go far enough.
5th March: WWF Earth Hour
Today I've signed up to support WWF's Earth Hour, an international project which aims to get us thinking about the world around us.
4th March: Solent NHS Trust listening event
Solent NHS Trust will soon be inspected under the Care Quality Commission's (CQC)new methodology.
21st February: CRUMBS is up and running
I was very proud and excited yesterday to launch the CRUMBS project, which I've helped to organise along with Southampton City Council and local charity, SCRATCH.
5th February: Voter Registration Day
On the 5th of February 1832, the Great Reform Act introduced voter registration for the very first time. Then the number of eligible voters in a borough varied from six to 12,000, with the selection of some Members of Parliament controlled by one person. We have come a long way since then, but there is still more work to do.
30th January: Sixth form colleges are losing out on funding
New research from the office of Alan Whitehead, MP for Southampton Test, has revealed sixth form colleges are receiving substantially less funding than new sixth forms that are set up as free schools.
The government recently announced that it would withdraw funding for those in full time education above the age of eighteen. This is a further blow to sixth form colleges who already receive less funding than newly-founded free school sixth forms because of tax differences.
22nd January: Lobbying Bill update
On Monday 2nd September, I spoke and voted against this Bill in Parliament. Although both Labour and I support reform of the lobbying industry, the Bill in its present form is not the answer.
This Bill will do nothing to stop high-level government lobbying. It is a ‘lobbyist’s charter’ that would prevent only 1% of the very scandals the Prime Minister warned against, according to estimates. In fact, the Bill is so bad that it has achieved the unique feat of uniting transparency campaigners and the lobbying industry against it; both say it will make things worse, not better. With no code of conduct or sanctions for poor behaviour, the Bill is actually a step backwards from the current voluntary register that already governs parts of the industry.
5th December: Alan criticises lack of action of Fuel Poverty
Alan Whitehead, MP for Southampton Test, yesterday criticised the Government for trying to weaken its obligation to tackle fuel poverty.
Fuel poverty affects 9743 households in Southampton, according to the most recent statistics which were published in May. Nationally there are 2.4million fuel poor households and last winter saw a 29% increase in deaths linked to the cold weather.
In response to the government’s attempt to water down its legal requirement to eradicate fuel poverty, Labour MPs tabled an amendment to try to force the government to face its responsibilities.
28th October: Alan to Interrogate the Big Six
At a meeting of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, senior committee member and Southampton MP Alan Whitehead will demand to know the reasons why dual-fuel energy bills will rise by an average of 9.1 per cent this winter.
The firms’ bosses are being summoned before the influential group of MPs to explain themselves following daunting winter price hikes for customers. The evidence session comes hot on the heels of comments made by former Prime Minister John Major, who confirmed that many families would have to make the stark choice between ‘heating and eating’ this winter.
2nd September: My Vote on Syria
As you will know, last Thursday, David Cameron recalled Parliament to vote on whether to support military action in Syria following the alleged use of Sarin gas by the Assad regime against Syrian citizens. This vote took place before the UN weapons inspectors had even left Syria, before the publication of the US intelligence report and before evidence had been presented at the UN Security Council.
20th August: Right to be concerned about Fracking
Fracking is in the news and may be coming to Hampshire. The process involves drilling into rock and fracturing it under pressure to collect trapped gas. This uses huge quantities of water and chemicals, such as Hydrochloric Acid, during production.
7th August: David Cameron's Out of Touch, and You're Out of Pocket
When David Cameron entered Downing Street in 2010, he said that he wanted to see an economy where your standard of living “rose steadily”. He promised to help working families with the rising cost of living.
Unfortunately, we all know what’s happened since.