Alan Whitehead MP

Member of Parliament for Southampton Test

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Commenting after the Autumn Statement, Alan said:

“The Chancellor said in the Autumn Statement that the richest 20% will lose the most from his measures and that this shows we are all in it together. As with many other things, like the increase in borrowing under this government, he is being economical with the truth. His own Department’s analysis shows clearly that the poorest 20% of families will lose the biggest percentage of their income as a result of the policies he outlined today. It is plain that Osborne’s intention is that some are “in it” and others, like the high earners in our society, are not.”

Alan responds to the Autumn Statement

Commenting after the Autumn Statement, Alan said:

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On Saturday I met with Shirley residents at our coffee morning.

I want to say thanks to everyone who came. There was a great turnout and we talked about a diverse range of issues including the challenges in the NHS because of Government policies and space shortages in care homes. If the people of Southampton re-elect me (as I hope they will) I will continue to help Labour lead the fight to protect an NHS that puts people ahead of profits and brings together health and social care to make a single system of whole-person care. 

People also shared their concerns about the poor quality of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) and dodgy landlord practices. I've been working hard on these issues for some time now and have used a number of Parliamentary procedures to try and force the government to bring in legislation to improve housing standards and protect renters in the private rented sector. I've currently got a Private Members' Bill going through Parliament which is trying to force HMO landlords to make their properties less cold and draughty. I also challenged the Prime Minister directly on what he is doing to help people who rent privately.

We also spoke about transport issues in the city - people at the coffee morning really want to see a park and ride scheme in operation in the city as the congestion is sometimes very bad in the centre of town and along the docks. Attendees at the coffee morning also told me that they are concerned about the speed of vehicles on residential streets in Shirley (particularly Jenson rd). These are two issues which I will certainly raise directly with the council.

 

Shirley coffee morning

On Saturday I met with Shirley residents at our coffee morning.

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

Monday 1st - Sunday 7th December 2014

• Monday – Southampton Labour Party meetings.  Backbench Business Westminster Hall Debate ‘End the Conflict in Palestine’.

• Tuesday – Energy and Climate Change Select Committee and Environmental Audit Select Committee meetings.  Meeting with Friends of the Earth regarding fracking and the Infrastructure Bill.  Chairing and speaking at the PRASEG conference.  Speaking at an energy roundtable. 

• Wednesday – Speaking at the launch of a Future of London report ‘Engaging private landlords in energy efficiency’.  PMQs.  Autumn Budget Statement.  Environmental Audit Select Committee meeting. 

• Thursday – Chairing Renewable Energy Association event ‘The 2030 framework for climate and energy: stakeholder reaction, UK policy and delivery implications’.  Meeting with the UK Petroleum Industry Association regarding the refining industry.  Meeting with GDF Suez Energy (the UK’s largest independent power producer).  Chairing a Solar Trade Association and PRASEG debate ‘The United States’ Sunshot Initiative and new research on solar grid parity in the UK’.  Running an NHS listening event for Shirley, Freemantle and Millbrook residents. 

• Friday – Meeting residents in Redbridge.  Meeting with the Citizens’ Advice Bureau regarding Southampton Advice Services Alliance.  Speaking at the Centre for the 3rd Age open day.  First constituency advice surgery of the month.  Centre for the 3rd Age trustees' meeting.  project Radian Housing Association.  Meeting with Southampton City Council regarding the filming in Derby Road.  An Association for Public Service Excellence-Southampton City Council meeting regarding decentralised energy. 

• Saturday – Second constituency advice surgery of the month.  Speaking at a Federation of Small Businesses-Solent Business Growth event at Southampton Central Library. 

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Find out what Alan is up to this week.


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