Alan Whitehead

Labour MP for Southampton Test

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Coffee Mornings, football and yes, more energy meetings

This week saw yet another busy week with lots of energy meetings, however this week I also held a coffee morning for my constituents and got to see the mighty Saints play at home. Read on to find out more.


Our NHS services in Southampton are very important to me and I like to keep up to date with all of the challenges they face and indeed the successes they achieve. I therefore started this week with a briefing from the University Hospital Southampton Foundation Trust. I ended the Monday with a PLP meeting where we discuss issues of the day with our parliamentary Labour colleagues. 


Electricity Storage will be essential for ensuring electricity supply sustainability in the coming years, and on Tuesday I joined ICE to launch a report on the potential of electricity storage which you can read here. On Tuesday I also attended a delegated legislation committee on Fracking.  You can read about some of my views on Fracking here

I ended the day at a Campaign for Better Transport event who are currently campaigning for more sustainable and affordable transport across the UK. 


 I spent the day meeting with other members of the Shadow DECC planning the next few months for Labour's energy and climate change policy.  I spent the evening at a launch for the Birmingham Energy Institute's policy commission on cooling energy. We often think about energy efficiency only in terms of heating and lighting our homes however a huge amount of energy is also spent on keeping things cool, from your fridge at home to larger scale including air conditioning for things such as labs etc. I was heartened to see the good work the Birmingham Energy Institute were doing on this issue. 


On Thursday I met with Samsung about their technology that will help with smart home technology. As you may have seen in previous weeks I am very excited about smart energy in homes, as not only will it help people save money and keep better track of household bills but it will also help households save a great deal of energy. So a win, win all round. 

Other innovations in energy I am quite excited about include tidal power, so it was great to meet Alderney Renewable Energy about their tidal projects on Thursday. I finished the day by meeting with Sustainable Aviation who are doing work on how to ensure that even with growth, the aviation industry is sustainable. 


I was back in Southampton on Friday, where I met with various people to discuss the opportunities and challenges of regional devolution. I also had a discussion with some constituents about how to tackle inequality in the city before heading to the Isle of Wight. 

This time I was not being a rockstar at Bestival but visiting a company called Minus 7. They build zero carbon heating systems that capture solar energy,  designed especially for the UK climate. Its some really innovative stuff and I was delighted to be invited to see how it all works. 


On Saturday I held a coffee morning for constituents in Millbrook alongside our new local candidate for the ward Sarah Taggart. Many issues were raised with me from people who are going to be affected by cuts to tax credits, to local issues that Sarah took away like street cleaning and road re-surfacing. 


I went to see Saints play Bournemouth at home, which was luckily a great end to the week with a 2-0 win! 



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