To celebrate the launch of Carers Week, 10-16 June 2013, local MP, Dr Alan Whitehead has joined forces with actress Lynda Bellingham, to recognise the contribution that carers in Southampton make on a daily basis.
In a photocall in Westminster, Alan Whitehead, pledged his support to carers across Southampton as part of the national awareness campaign, Carers Week. The week is an opportunity to celebrate the 6.5 million carers across the UK and raise awareness of the impact that caring has on people’s lives.
The Independent Parliamentary Standards (IPSA) committee has recently published the outcome of the arrangements it had implemented whereby MP’s who had previously held mortgages for second homes (mostly in London) were provided with a period of two years in which to sell their properties and make alternative arrangements for staying in London during the week when Parliament is sitting. All MPs now either rent or stay in hotels during the week, and claim for the cost of doing so, as I now do.
Tuesday – Southampton Labour Party meeting.
Wednesday – State opening of Parliament. Meeting with SSE (formerly Scottish and Southern Energy) regarding capacity issues. Meeting with the Environmental Investigation Agency regarding F-Gas EU Regulation. Meeting with RSPB regarding biomass.
Alan Whitehead MP joined up with Southampton City Council’s neighbourhood cleanup scheme ‘Street CRED’.
Street CRED (which stands for Crime Reduction and Environment Days) is a new scheme aimed at restoring pride in Southampton’s neighbourhoods by Southampton City Council.
Alan Whitehead has called for an independent review of the Government's negotiations over a public subsidy for nuclear power stations. More information
Alan Whitehead MP is today publishing new research by Usdaw which looks at all of the Conservative Government's changes to tax and benefits, and assesses whether families in Southampton on the minimum wage are likely to be better or worse off after all these changes come into effect.
Alan Whitehead has criticised the 2013 Budget as failing to stand up for families in Southampton squeezed by the economic downturn, while handing a tax cut to millionaires this April. More information
Alan Whitehead MP has slammed the Conservative Government’s underhanded sneaking in of measures to halve the time employers are required to consult before making large-scale redundancies. More information
Alan Whitehead MP has visited Carillion’s training centre in his Southampton during National Apprentice Week to see how local apprentices are gaining valuable skills and qualifications for a career in construction.
Alan Whitehead MP is backing calls for a free school meal to be provided to every child in poverty. More information
More Southampton families will be hit by the bedroom tax than in any other authority in the south-east, according to new figures published by the National Housing Federation. More information
Alan Whitehead has welcomed the Government’s partial u-turn on their plans to put competition and privatisation at the heart of the NHS. More information
Alan Whitehead MP showed his support this week for energy powered by nature, as part of WWF’s Earth Hour 2013. Members of Parliament were asked to put wind, wave, and solar power symbols on a UK weather map to symbolise the need for more renewable energy - to help protect our planet.
Alan Whitehead MP has called on the Government to stand by its promise to protect the rights of British seafarers by ratifying the Maritime Labour Convention. More information
Alan Whitehead MP has called on David Cameron to fulfil his promise to spend 0.7 per cent of Gross National Income (GNI) on international aid and to put this commitment in law. More information
Alan Whitehead last night tabled amendments to the Energy Bill requiring the Government to effectively decarbonise the power generation sector by 2030. More information
You can now watch and read Alan's full speech on introducing a his Private Member's Bill on new rights for HMO renters. View Alan's speech here.
Alan Whitehead MP recently joined a giant bumble bee and campaigners from the environment charity Friends of the Earth to draw attention to the alarming decline in UK bee numbers. More information
Alan Whitehead MP will next week introduce a Bill in Parliament to give new rights to people living in shared rented accommodation to improve their home’s energy efficiency. More information
John Denham and Alan Whitehead, Labour MPs for Southampton Itchen and Southampton Test have expressed their deep concern at plans by the Tory-led government to introduce “super-peak” fares to train services. More information
Yesterday Alan spoke in the Commons debate on the second reading of the Government's Energy Bill, which is their flagship attempt to make our energy system fit for purpose in the coming decades. You can read the full text of Alan's speech here
Alan Whitehead, Labour MP for Southampton Test, has condemned the devastating cuts to Southampton City Council’s funding announced by the Tory Government today. More information
Alan Whitehead MP has joined forces with Friends of the Earth and RSPB in a call for the Government to deliver green jobs for the Southampton and the South East.
Alan Whitehead says the Bill risks driving investment and jobs in clean energy out of the UK, and could bust the UK’s chances of meeting its goals to tackle climate change by launching a new dash for gas.
Alan Whitehead MP today presented a Private Member's Bill in the House of Commons which could radically improve the energy efficiency of Britain’s homes. More information
Alan Whitehead MP is calling for the introduction of plain packaging of tobacco products. Research into cigarette packaging shows that packs which are a standardised colour and design - but retain the current picture health warnings - are significantly less attractive to children than the branded equivalents. More information
Alan Whitehead has welcomed a new report by Cambridge Econometrics that for the first time looks at the long term consequences of pursuing a renewables-intensive versus a gas-intensive energy strategy. More information
Alan Whitehead MP joined with young disabled and comedienne Sally Phillips this week to celebrate International Day of Disabled People as part of a new campaign calling for better local services for disabled children and their families. More information
Alan was on the Politics Show South this weekend, talking about the Leveson Inquiry, the Energy Bill, the charitable status of private schools, and other issues. You can watch the show here for the next 7 days.
Alan has commented on the publication of Lord Leveson's Report into the ethics and practices of the press, and David Cameron's refusal to commit to a new independent press regular guaranteed by law. More information
Alan Whitehead MP has backed a Parliamentary motion supporting the formal recognition of a Palestinian state. More information
Research by Alan Whitehead, shows that the Conservative Government’s flagship Work Programme is having almost no impact on getting long term unemployed people back to work in Southampton. More information
Southampton’s Labour MPs Alan Whitehead and John Denham are calling on the government to back a plan to build thousands of new affordable homes to boost the economy and create thousands of new jobs. More information
Alan Whitehead spoke today in an urgent debate in Parliament about Ford's announcement to close their plant in Southampton, and the grants and loans signed off by the UK Government to Ford before the closure plans were announced. More information
Alan Whitehead MP last night voted against Tory plans to require the equivalent of a £200 tax hike on 15,000 of Southampton’s poorest residents. More information
The Prime Minister today ducked the question of whether he knew Ford planned to close their Southampton factory before awarding them a multimillion pound grant through the regional growth fund. More information
Alan Whitehead MP yesterday challenged Michael Gove on what action the Government was taking to put right the GCSE marking fiasco. More information
Alan Whitehead MP has warned that the Government’s City Deal offer to Southampton, while a welcome step forward, is not a substitute for the £12 million cut from our city’s formula grant last year- equivalent to £1 in every £10 Southampton receives from national Government. More information
Alan Whitehead MP has welcomed the City Council's pledge to set up a taskforce to help Ford workers affected by the closure announcement today, and called for answers from Ministers over what action the Government has taken to protect these skilled manufacturing jobs. More information
Alan Whitehead has welcomed today’s announcement by the Government has paused on its plans for a badger cull in England, but warned that the campaign must go on to scrap the cull for good. More information
Alan Whitehead met with volunteers and donors to the Million Meals Appeal at Portswood Sainsburys, which helped to break records last weekend. More information
Alan Whitehead and John Denham has welcomed the findings in the Boundary Commission's consultation over new constituencies for Southampton, which shows the overwhelming majority of respondents disagreed with Tory plans to carve up Southampton into multiple part rural, part urban constituencies. More information
This autumn Labour has published The Power Book, which looks at innovative new ideas on how to give local people a stronger voice in the energy market. Alan Whitehead has written a chapter for the book about Southampton and how our community heating scheme could serve as a template for the rest of the country.
In the special Labour Party Conference edition of House Magazine, Alan Whitehead writes about the future of green politics and policy in the UK. Read Alan's article.
In Alan's latest 'soapbox' article for Utility Week, he argues that the Government is failing to provide mechanisms for helping households and businesses reduce their energy demand. Read Alan's article
Alan Whitehead is backing calls from schools across Southampton for an inquiry into this summer's GCSE regrading scandal. More information
Alan Whitehead MP has said continued double-speak from Tory Ministers could lead to the slow but irreversible erosion of Britain’s green belt land. More information
Alan Whitehead MP has pledged to help local residents living on the breadline by signing up to volunteer at a local food drive. More information
In Alan's latest article for the Environmentalist, he looks at what the reshuffle means for energy policy expertise in government, and whether this spells the end of David Cameron's 'flirtation' with green policy. Read Alan's article.
Earlier this week Alan spoke at a Policy Exchange debate on whether the Government would be able to attract green investement to the UK. You can now watch the full debate below- Alan's speech starts at the 25 minute mark.
Alan Whitehead, Labour MP for Southampton Test, has today called for the Government to cut the planned increase in rail fares that Ministers have approved for January 2013. More information
Alan Whitehead, Labour MP for Southampton Test, has today backed a Bill to stop energy companies preventing some of their poorest customers from being able to switch their supplier. More information
Alan recently gave a speech in support of the Skills for Climate Change Project, which supports training and development for low carbon jobs. Coming the day after George Osborne was revealed as interfering in energy & environment policy, Alan argued that greening our economy was inevitable, and a vital way in which we can restore growth. Read Alan's Skills for Climate Change speech
Alan Whitehead MP today launched a report with other members of a powerful Commons Committee slamming George Osborne and the Treasury for making energy policy in the UK ‘unworkable.’ More information
Following on from a successful campaign to unblock £150 million of investment in Southampton's port, Alan Whitehead writes for Maritime UK on the need for a more joined-up ports policy across the UK. Read Alan's article
Yesterday Alan pressed the Government to take real action to stop unfair, state-subsidised competition that threatens Southampton's port. More information
Alan Whitehead MP has welcome the decision of the independent Safe and Sustainable Review into Child Heart Surgery to save the heart unit based in Southampton. More information
Southampton MPs John Denham and Alan Whitehead have welcomed the decision by Labour Southampton City Councillors to formally sign up to the Ministry of Defence’s Community Covenant. More information
Yesterday Alan Whitehead gave a wide-ranging speech in the Commons on greening our economy. Alan laid out practical measures relating to home insulation, energy generation, transport and finance that the Government could be taking forward right now to deliver green jobs and growth across the UK. Read Alan's speech.
Yesterday Alan Whitehead was named as Politician of the Year in the RenewableUK Awards. The Politician of the Year Award recognises a UK politician that has made an outstanding contribution to the promotion of renewable energy over the last twelve months. More information
Alan Whitehead has put his support behind a landmark cross-party Bill to protect the Antarctic. More information
In an article for The ENDS (Environmental Data Services) Report, Alan lays out a serious gap in the Government's Draft Energy Bill, regarding a total lack of measures in the Draft Bill to deal with 'demand-side' measures to reduce energy use and manage our energy more efficiently. Such measures would be vital for the UK to meet our climate change targets and help households struggling with high energy bills.
Official figures revealed today that affordable house building had collapsed in Southampton under the Conservative Government. The figures from the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency show that affordable housing starts fell 90% from 296 to just 31 in 2011/2012 compared with the previous year. More information
Alan's latest article for The Environmenalist magazine is now online. It looks at the Government's plans to become increasingly reliant on nuclear power, the lack of competition in the nuclear sector, and whether the huge subsidy the government proposes to give nuclear could be spent in a better way. Read the article here.
Southampton MPs John Denham and Alan Whitehead have today publicly backed local City Councillor Jacqui Rayment to be the Labour candidate for the Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner election in November. More information
Alan Whitehead has called on the Conservative Government to stand by its promise to allow gay couples to marry.
Thanks to all local residents who came along to our 'Parliament Talks Energy' event held in Freemantle Community Centre on Monday. More information
People in Southampton will have the chance to give their views to a Parliamentary inquiry on energy issues – including rising prices, switching energy supplier and the way energy companies communicate with their customers - at a special Parliamentary event being hosted by local MP Alan Whitehead at Freemantle Community Centre in Southampton on 14 May. More information
Yesterday people from across Southampton came out to elect our city's first majority Labour Council since 1999. Thank you to everyone who came out to vote. No matter who you voted for, or even if you didn't vote at all, your Labour Councillors and Alan Whitehead will carry on working hard for you all year round. More information.
Alan Whitehead has welcomed the final decision to unblock millions of vital investement in Southampton's port, after a campaign in Parliament led by Southampton's Labour MPs. More information
According to the Office of National Statistics, the economy shrank by 0.2% in the first three months of 2012; it shrank by 0.3% in the last three months of 2011. More information
Centrica has today announced they will be closing their British Gas call centre in Southampton. Following the announcement, Alan Whitehead has pressed Centrica over what help they will provide for the 550 workers threatened with redundancy. More information
The Government's own figures confirm that only 1% of taxpayers in the south-east will benefit from the abolition of the 50p rate of tax, Alan Whitehead has confirmed today. More information
Southampton's Labour MPs today revealed the hidden costs of redundancy pay-outs in Southampton arising from David Cameron's NHS re-organisation. More information
The Tory Government has directed its Pupil Premium funding towards wealthy areas with low areas of child poverty, at the expense of poorer areas like Southampton with higher rates of child poverty, new research has confirmed. More information
The Government's decision to allow gas-fired power stations to continue to emit carbon at the same rate for the next 30 years would mean Britain's whole plan for carbon reduction 'goes out the window' and ranks as 'one of the stupidest and most thoughtless pieces of decision-making in government for some time' Alan Whitehead said today. Read Alan's blog piece on the gas debate.
Alan Whitehead has slammed proposals in the Tories' budget to fund a tax cut for the wealthiest 1% of taxpayers via a raid on pensions which will cost the average pensioner in Southampton £75 a year. More information
Last week Alan gave the keynote speech at the Smartest Energy conference on the future of electricity markets, and on how the government's proposals for reforming the energy market don't really reform the market at all. You can now watch Alan's full speech below, and find out more about Alan's speech here.
Accompanied by the WWF’s panda mascot, Alan Whitehead MP is committing to switch off the lights for WWF’s Earth Hour 2012 and to supporting the environment summit in Rio. More information
The revised plans for a 100MW biomass power station to be built in Millbrook docks don’t go far enough to address concerns raised about the plant’s sustainability, Southampton Test MP Alan Whitehead said today. More information
Alan Whitehead was in a packed Commons chamber last night to challenge the Government over the closure of the Remploy plant in Southampton. Alan and fellow Southampton MP John Denham have made a joint statement about the Southampton closure. Read the statement here
Labour MPs John Denham and Alan Whitehead are calling on the Government to reconsider its decision to cut Working Tax Credits in April. More information
Last week Alan was the keynote speaker at Smartest Energy conference, where he outlined problems with the Government's current approach to reforming our energy market. After his speech, Alan spoke to Energy Live News about the same issue. Watch the interview below or visit Energy Live News for the full story.
In June of this year, world leaders will meet in Brazil for the 'Rio+20'- a vital summit to agree a plan for sustainable development across the globe. Last night in the Commons there was a debate on the UK's preparations for the Rio summit. Alan spoke in the debate, and talked about what we should hope to achieve at the summit, and how while real progress had been made, in other ways we are still squandering our resources in an 'startlingly profilgate way.' More information
This Thursday, Southampton's Labour MPs are holding a rally at the Sir James Matthews Building at Solent University for all local residents who want the Tory Government to drop its disastrous NHS Bill. Find out more about the rally
Last week Alan was interviewed by Winchester University student and Political Editor of Winchester News Online Louis O'Brien. Louis interviewed Alan about education policy, particularly the impact of rising tuition fees and the Government's 'free schools' policy. You can watch the interview below.
Alan Whitehead MP has called on the Government to back the Energy Bill Revolution, a new campaign calling on the Government to use the money it gets from carbon taxes to help UK homes cut their energy bills. More information
New research by Southampton’s Labour MPs today confirms that the Conservative Government have broken their pledge to protect front-line police policing and that there are already over 50 fewer officers patrolling the streets in Hampshire. More information
Alan Whitehead has called for a windfall tax on the profits of the Big Six energy companies, with the proceeds going to help families struggling with their energy bills. More information
Any time you hear the Government criticised about fuel poverty or its environmental credentials, chances are you'll hear them use the upcoming 'Green Deal' as a defence. Read Alan's article for Inside Housing about whether he thinks the Green Deal will achieve all the Government says it will.
Alan Whitehead has called on the Conservative Council in Southampton to toughen its proposed ‘tipping points’ for how many Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) should be allowed in different parts of the city. More information
Over 700 couples with children in part-time work in Southampton could lose around £4,000 a year from this April, following a change to tax credit rules being introduced by the Tory government. More information
Over the weekend Alan met with a local parent who raised concerns about the provision of contraceptive 'implants' in schools. Here's a brief note from Alan looking at the issues raised.
Alan Whitehead has won a pledge from the Government to improve support for next generation boilers to help cut household energy bills and carbon emissions. More information
City Labour MPs John Denham and Alan Whitehead are today urging eligible constituents to take advantage of the Government’s flagship energy help scheme Warm Front, to make their homes warmer and cut their energy bills. More information
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