Alan Whitehead

Labour MP for Southampton Test

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Meeting the Millbrook Youth Bowling Club and the State Opening of Parliament.

The week of an M.P can be varied, and for me this one was no different. I attended both the State Opening of Parliament and the Millbrook Youth Bowling club, as well as attending various energy meetings in my role as a shadow Energy and Climate Change Minister. Read on to find out more about my week....


I had a meeting today regarding the democratisation of the U.K. energy supply. This is something that is at the heart of Labour energy policy, and you can read Lisa Nandy's thoughts on it here


Today was a day packed full of meetings to attend in my role as a shadow energy minister. I met with the National Grid and had a good discussion about their Future of Gas work, then a meeting with the Carbon Capture and Storage Association regarding Carbon Capture and Storage and hydrogen topped off by a visit to the Gas Industry Awards and a Energy and Utility Forum event. I also met with the Sikh lobby about Sikhs in Southampton. 


Today saw the state opening of Parliament and hear the Queen's Speech. While the speech contained futuristic plans such as the UK’s first spaceport and driverless cars, the reality was that this Queen’s Speech showed more of the same from the Government. This Speech did nothing to address the fundamental weaknesses in our economy: low productivity, lack of investment in skills and infrastructure, failure to support key industries like construction and manufacturing, and failure to tackle regional inequalities. 

Today I also attended meetings with my shadow DECC team and also with the Association for Decentralised Energy about security of supply policy. 


I spent half of today in London and half in Southampton. In London I spoke at the launch of the Renewable Energy Association's Separate Food Waste Collection Campaign and attended a Turn2Us unclaimed benefits event. I then headed back to my constituency to speak at the University of Southampton's discussion on the rise of anti-politics. It's important to speak to young people especially and let them know the ways in which politics does make a difference. I finished the day off at a Labour Party meeting, speaking to members about what I'd been up to in Parliament. 


 I was back in the constituency today and I met with the Wave trust who are working with neglected children in the city. I also held my third constituency advice session of the month, where constituents can visit me with any issues they are facing. 


I visited the Millbrook Youth bowling club to present them with their Clubmark certificate. I really enjoy visiting these organisations in my constituency. There are so many great places doing work to make the city a better place to live, from sports clubs to charities. 

Today I also helped my colleagues in the Labour Party campaign to keep Britain in the E.U. I think there is a really strong Labour case for this, especially with regards workers rights that the E.U protects, not to mention the environmental protections it offers. 




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