Alan Whitehead MP

Member of Parliament for Southampton Test

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It has come to my attention that the television company, Love Productions, are looking to film a series of programmes on Derby Road. 

The company was responsible for making the Channel Four series 'Benefits Street' which was filmed in Balsall Heath, Birmingham, around James Turner Street. Both the content of this series and the way it was filmed were controversial at the time, and a number of residents found their lives considerably affected by the film and its aftermath.

I understand that the company have suggested that the new series could be called 'Immigration Street' and would consist of a number of programmes about life in and around Derby Road. It would perhaps concentrate, as the 'Benefits Street' programmes did, on eight or so main 'characters' in the area. The company want to film during the late spring and summer and show the programmes on Channel Four next year.

As your local MP, I am very concerned about the proposal and its possible effects on the residents of Derby Road, especially in the light of what happened with the company's filming in Birmingham. Whilst I believe that there should be a proper debate around the issue of immigration, I am concerned that this series will not accurately portray the Derby Road community. Some programmes can be very effective in getting across to the public what the real issues are. I don’t think the company in this instance has a track record to do that.

I have written to residents of Derby Road to find out their opinions on the proposed filming. If you'd like to get in touch with your own views on the subject, please email alan@alan-whitehead.org.uk. 

'Immigration Street' - proposed television series in Derby Road

It has come to my attention that the television company, Love Productions, are looking to film a series of programmes on Derby Road. 

Happy Vaisakhi to everyone celebrating at the weekend!

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I know that Vaisakhi is a hugely important occasion for Southampton's Sikh community. It's a time of great celebration in homes and Gurdwaras across the country and it was fantastic to be part of the Vaisakhi celebrations in Southampton over the weekend.

Can I take this occasion to send my best wishes to everyone in Southampton celebrating Vaisakhi this year. 

Southampton Vaisakhi Celebrations

Happy Vaisakhi to everyone celebrating at the weekend!  

Find out what Alan is up to this week.

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7th - 13th April 2014

  •  Monday – Southampton Labour Party meetings.  Speaking at a PRASEG-All Party Fuel Poverty and Energy Efficiency Group seminar on the Energy Company Obligation.  Parliamentary Labour Party meeting.  Energy UK event.
  • Tuesday – Standards Select Committee meeting.  Discussion regarding the impact that the climate sceptic agenda is having on the current political debate.  Energy and Climate Change Select Committee meeting.  National Energy Action Heat Heroes Awards.  WWF-UK / Globe-UK event ‘what has Europe ever done for the environment?’ 
  • Wednesday – Environmental Audit Select Committee visit to a district heating scheme in Fulham.  PMQs.  Environmental Audit Select Committee meeting.  Launch of the British Sikh Report 2014 and a Sikh Forum International event.
  • Friday – Centre for the 3rd Age Trustees' meeting. 
  • Saturday –  Meeting constituents in Southampton Test.  Saints v Cardiff at home. 

This week's diary

Find out what Alan is up to this week.


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