Alan Whitehead MP

Member of Parliament for Southampton Test

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I am delighted to announce the launch of the Southampton Rental Charter. The charter, supported by Citizen’s Advice Southampton, Southampton City Council,Royston Smith MP and ARLA, is an initiative to raise housing standards for private renters in Southampton.

Launch of the Southampton Rental Charter

I am delighted to announce the launch of the Southampton Rental Charter. The charter, supported by Citizen’s Advice Southampton, Southampton City Council,Royston Smith MP and ARLA, is an initiative to... Read more

The vote on the Second reading of the Government’s Article 50 Bill was not about whether parliament wanted a rerun of the referendum, but on whether article 50 should be triggered now, and if so on what basis. 

Why I voted against second reading of the Article 50 bill.

The vote on the Second reading of the Government’s Article 50 Bill was not about whether parliament wanted a rerun of the referendum, but on whether article 50 should be... Read more

The Chancellor has promised support for working families struggling under the weight of in work benefits but in some cases they will get only £150 back after initial cuts of £2500. This will do nothing to help working families in Southampton struggling to make ends meet in minimum wage jobs. 

Worrying Economic Mismanagement: My response to the Autumn Statement

The Chancellor has promised support for working families struggling under the weight of in work benefits but in some cases they will get only £150 back after initial cuts of... Read more

This was an exciting, interesting week, full of all sorts of events on a wide range of issues including solar power and new, clean energy sources.

Solar power and assistance dogs

This was an exciting, interesting week, full of all sorts of events on a wide range of issues including solar power and new, clean energy sources. Read more

This was a very busy week full of interesting meetings, film screenings and conferences. I was able to discuss important climate issues like renewable energy at several meetings and events, as well as being able to meet with teachers and talk about the importance of special educational needs schools and facilities. I’ve also been working hard on sustainable energy plans and policies. 

Sustainable energy and special needs schools in Southampton

This was a very busy week full of interesting meetings, film screenings and conferences. I was able to discuss important climate issues like renewable energy at several meetings and events,... Read more

This week I attended the inaugural meeting of the All party Parliamentary Group on air pollution chaired by Matthew Pennycook.

Matthew described the state of air quality in the U.K. as a public health crisis and he was not alone in worrying that the response to air pollution is nowhere near commensurable to the harm it is causing.

We need to tackle air pollution with a new urgency

This week I attended the inaugural meeting of the All party Parliamentary Group on air pollution chaired by Matthew Pennycook. Matthew described the state of air quality in the U.K.... Read more

You may well have seen or read about some of my actions concerning our Party in the last week.  Specifically, on Tuesday 28th June I resigned from my post as Shadow Energy Minister, and on the same day voted in a motion of ‘no confidence’ in Jeremy as our Leader in Parliament. Whilst the ballot was secret, I can say that I voted, along with over 80% of Labour MPs that I had ‘no confidence’. I appreciate that both of these actions may have caused some concern to some. I therefore want to tell you a little more about my decisions.

My Resignation from the Shadow Frontbench

You may well have seen or read about some of my actions concerning our Party in the last week.  Specifically, on Tuesday 28th June I resigned from my post as Shadow... Read more

calendar.jpgAlthough this week was overshadowed by my resignation, my week was busy and varied. I did everything from visit a primary school to delegate two legislation committees. I also continued to work hard on energy and the environment, albeit now from the back benches. I met with several energy companies, discussing new regulations and new technologies, with the aim of saving the environment while saving customers money.

A Busy Week

Although this week was overshadowed by my resignation, my week was busy and varied. I did everything from visit a primary school to delegate two legislation committees. I also continued... Read more

calendar.jpgThis week was very disappointing due to the E.U. referendum result and the chaos that followed. Already we are seeing signs of economic instability with the pound dropping and our credit rating being downgraded and I worry it is only a matter of time before the result starts to negativity affect Southampton. My work as an MP however continued, supporting many charities doing great work across Southampton, and continuing with my energy work in Parliament and in meetings. As the full consequences of Brexit emerge, I will continue to work hard in mitigating any adverse effects on Southampton.

My week including the EU referendum

This week was very disappointing due to the E.U. referendum result and the chaos that followed. Already we are seeing signs of economic instability with the pound dropping and our... Read more

Britain’s now forty-four year membership of the EU has brought with it many advantages. It has had a substantial hand in underpinning the prosperity the UK has generally seen since we joined. It has brought many advantages and protections to its citizens such as protecting workers rights through agreements that limit the hours people can work, provide protection in the workplace and enshrine the right to maternity leave in law.

My case for Remain

Britain’s now forty-four year membership of the EU has brought with it many advantages. It has had a substantial hand in underpinning the prosperity the UK has generally seen since... Read more

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