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A few weeks ago Alan gave an interview to local student Stuart Appleby covering his stance on top-up fees, the economy, a graduate tax, and other issues. You can now watch the interview below.
The Tory Government is cutting funding for Southampton City Council by more than twice the amount claimed by Eric Pickles on Wednesday, according to figures uncovered by Alan Whitehead. More information
Alan Whitehead has written to city planners calling on them to reject a new bid by property developers to use the ex-Civil Service Sports Ground in Freemantle for housing. More information.
Alan Whitehead has co-signed a letter to the Guardian with 50+ leading Labour figures backing a YES vote in the upcoming referendum on changing the voting system. Read the letter here.
Alan's Monthly MP's Report for November 2010 is now online. This report covers his meeting with residents at Erskine Court; support for Southampton port; private rented housing regulations; and the local impact of housing benefit cuts.
Plans for a wholsale privatisation of the Royal Mail risk the future of post offices across the country, Alan Whitehead said today. More information.
The Tories have come forward with revised plan to regulate HMO landlords- but in practice it will leave most communities powerless, Alan Whitehead said today. More information.
Alan Whitehead yesterday slammed the way the Conservatives and the Lib Dems are removing key requirements for the Boundary Commission to consult with local people before drawing up new constituency boundaries. Alan said:
"This is a complete rejection of all those previous checks and balances, and a rejection of the principles put forward by the Deputy Leader of the House, for whom I have a great deal of respect, but who would have made exactly the same arguments about public representation, the public's say and the due process of democracy until one day before the election."
Southampton’s Labour MPs have spoken out against Liverpool City Council’s new application for turnaround cruises from its publicly funded Liner terminal.
On Saturday Alan met with residents of Erskine Court to talk about the Council reversing it's decision to evict them from their homes. It's a fantastic victory for the residents- and now the work goes on to make sure the Council treats the Court in the same way as every other sheltered block in the city. More information.
Alan has published a summary of the main cuts announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review and what many will mean in real terms for people living in Southampton. Find out more.
Alan's Monthly MP's Report for October 2010 is now online. It covers Alan's work on the Portswood Sainsburys plan, Council proposals to knock down Erskine Court, student fees, and more. Read Alan's October report.
Watch Alan's speech on the Local Government Bill, where he slams the government for taking the decision of how local services are run away from local people.
Alan Whitehead and John Denham have slammed the impact of the Comprehensive Spending Review for families, businesses and public services in Southampton. More information.
Alan Whitehead yesterday organised a debate in the House of Commons on the future of a £60 million fund to regenerate UK port economies like Southampton to enable them to build offshore wind farms and generate low-carbon energy for the UK. More information
Almost half of the UK's climate changing emissions comes from heating homes and water. The Coalition Government has so far failed to address this in any of their statements on green policy. Alan Whitehead has been pressing them to stick by their promise to tackle this problem. More information.
Alan Whitehead has kept his promise to oppose plans that could see all but the richest students priced out of the market for a university education.
Southampton faces a gaping £2 million council tax black hole thanks to the dogmatic and ideological new house-building “incentives” being rushed through by the Tory-Lib Dem government.. More information
Sainsburys must show how its store will contribute to a sustainable future for Portswood- or its new store plans should be rejected, Alan Whitehead said today. More information
Alan's latest MP's report is now online. This report covers the continuing BSF campaign, as well as his work on HMO landlord regulations and the Coalition's Boundary Review. Read Alan's latest report.
Before the electio, Upper Shirley High was days away from getting £20 million from the government for a total rebuild of the school. The funding was needed to deal with several major works that had already been put off, as well as adapting the school for mixed sex status. More information.
Monday – Meeting with S/W Hants Lift regarding education and health projects. Meeting with the Chief Executive of Solent MIND regarding Bedford House. Interview for a Keele University research project on social democratic parties and climate change. Labour Party event for new members in the South East.
Southampton’s Labour MPs John Denham and Alan Whitehead have reacted to news that the Coalition’s cuts to police budgets could see up to 108 fewer police constables on Hampshire’s streets. More information
Southampton’s Labour MPs have called on the government not to scrap Labour’s tough new regulations on private landlords, in the light of new research by a leading housing charity Shelter. More information
Alan Whitehead MP has demanded Southampton City Council guarantee that Decent Homes improvements in the west of the city still go ahead. The call came after the company contracted to do deliver Decent Homes Improvements to Council homes across Southampton went into administration. More information.
Alan's website will not be updated for the next two weeks, as the webmaster is on leave. You can still get in touch with Alan using the details here.
Alan Whitehead and Millbrook Labour Councillor David Furnell have launched a new petition calling on the Council to guarantee the future of Millbrook Library.
The Council has so far refused to guarantee they will provide a new library as part of the redevelopment of Cumbrian Way.
Andy Burnham, Ed Balls, Ed Milband and David Miliband will be at Eastleigh market tomorrow campaigning alongside Southampton MPs John Denham and Alan Whitehead and local Labour Party members. More information
The Conservatives have broken a direct promise to the people of Southampton that school building projects across the city would go ahead
Alan spoke in Parliament yesterday about the implications in George Osbourne's budget for reducing our carbon emissions and tackling fuel poverty. In particular, Alan spoke on:
Alan yesterday spoke in a Westminster Hall debate on the Coalition's energy policy. Alan said:
Keeping the lights on requires planning. For the new Government to announce a policy that says, in essence, that there will be no planning as far as new energy supplies are concerned seems perverse given the challenges ahead of us. The new Government's announcements about how they will manage the energy economy... appear to be moving away from ensuring that we plan our energy economy so that we can keep the lights on for the next 50 years
Today's Tory-Liberal budget will put more people on the dole and place unfair burdens on young families struggling to make ends meet, say Southampton's Labour MPs. More information.
Monday- Meeting with the Principal of Taunton’s 6th Form College. Meeting with UNISON regarding Tory cuts to Further and Higher Education. Rally at Central Library in support of local libraries. Making Point of Order in the House of Commons regarding Houses in Multiple Occupation. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council event ‘Pioneering a Low Carbon Future’.
Both of Southampton's Labour MPs will be rallying today in support of local libraries. The Conservative-run Council are proposing to cut the quality of service provided by local library services by replacing paid staff with volunteers. More information.
Alan's monthly activity reports to over 1000 constituents to a brief break during the General Election campaign, but they have now returned. Read more about Alan's work in Parliament and Southampton over the last month.
Alan Whitehead and John Denham met with Shopmobility users today as part of the campaign to keep the service open. If you would like to help, you can join the facebook group or download a copy of the petition Shopmobility is running here.
If you do download a petition, remember- these must all get back to Shopmobility, 7 Castle Way Southampton SO14 2BX, by Monday 21st June 3pm.
John Denham and Alan Whitehead will be urging Southampton's Conservative-run Council to reconsider plans to cut funding to Southampton Shopmobility. More information
New research by Southampton’s Labour MPs has revealed the potentially devastating impact on Southampton of the government’s cuts to help young people into work. More information.
Alan Whitehead has signed a Parliamentary motion condemning the Israeli government's attack on a flotilla of ships bringing aid to Gaza. Read the full text of the motion .
In the debate on the Queen's Speech, Alan Whitehead raised key questions for the new coalition government over their real commitment for tackling climate change and fuel poverty. More information.
Alan Whitehead has urged Liberal Democrat voters and activists in Southampton to 'come home' to Labour in the wake of the Liberal-Conservative coalition.
Alan recently spoke to Community Action Hampshire on the role the third sector should play under the next government. You can now watch Alan's speech below.
At about 5am on Friday morning, Alan Whitehead was successfully re-elected as the Labour MP for Southampton Test. Thank you to every constituent who voted for Alan and to every activist who supported him during the campaign!
Alan recently answered questions posed by students from the Lordshill Oasis Academy on Labour's policies for the General Election and beyond. Read the Q&A here.
Alan Whitehead and John Denham have visited a new housing project in Portswood that is only going ahead thanks to Government 'kickstart' funding to support the construction industry. More information.
At a meeting at St Mary’s Stadium tonight, Southampton Labour Party officially adopted long-standing MPs John Denham and Alan Whitehead as their Parliamentary candidates for Southampton Itchen and Southampton Test respectively.
Alan Whitehead was today meeting voters in Portswood High Street at the launch of Labour's General Election Manifesto.
Condolences go out from everyone in Alan Whitehead's office to the families of the firefighters who lost their lives helping people out of Shirley Towers last night. Alan said:
"The firefighters exhibited unbelievable heroism in ensuring everyone was evacuated from the building under very difficult conditions. Tragically two of them paid with their lives for those actions and that heroism. It is a devastating outcome of this fire - but they did evacuate all the residents of the building."
The Southern Daily Echo recently interviewed Alan about his pledges to Southampton for the next General Election. Watch the interview here.
The General Election has now been called! Find out more about Alan's election campaign in Southampton, including his five pledges to the people of Southampton Test.
Alan Whitehead MP has been praised by Stonewall for his 100% voting record on gay equality measures in this Parliament. More information
Alan said this about today's budget statement: “I particularly welcome the two-year Stamp Duty holiday for first-time buyers on homes up to £250,000, which will benefit huge numbers of people buying their first home in Southampton, as well as the new Green Investment Bank and the additional £60 million for offshore wind to bring cheap, green energy to the UK."
Monday Meeting with Southampton City Council officers regarding the new licensing arrangements for houses in multiple occupation. Home visit to constituent in Shirley. Meeting with Arqiva regarding smart metering. Chairing the launch of the Associate Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group Committee of Inquiry Report.
Alan Whitehead has welcomed new moves to improve parking provision around the General Hospital. More information
Unemployment in Southampton Test fell from 3026 (4.1%) in January to 2789 (3.8%) in February. It's a sign the extra government help for the economy is making a difference- but there is still a lot more to do. You can see the full unemployment statistics for Southampton on this BBC interactive map.
Tory cuts to Sure Start children’s centres would deal a devastating blow to Southampton families on middle and modest incomes - that was the message from John Denham and Alan Whitehead as they launched their “Save Our Sure Start” campaign against Tory plans to take £200 million from Sure Start. More information
Alan Whitehead and John Denham have welcomed new Future Jobs Fund investment from the government to create new jobs in Southampton. The investment announced today will create up to 900 jobs for long term unemployed 18-24 year olds, undertaking a range of roles across urban south Hampshire. More information
Alan Whitehead MP today ran the Sports Relief mile with other MPs, and backed the Southampton run taking place on Saturday 21st March. More information
In preperation for Carers Week 2010, Alan Whitehead today helped highlight in Parliament the fantastic work done by those who care for relatives and loved ones. More information.
Alan Whitehead has signed a Parliamentary pledge on eradicating fuel poverty in Britain. More information.
John Denham and Alan Whitehead have welcomed a multi-million pound package of vital help that the Labour Government is extending to individuals whose health has been put at risk due to exposure to asbestos. More information
Alan Whitehead MP has inserted a crucial amendment into the Energy Bill, which has just passed all its House of Commons stages. The Bill, if it also passes in the Lords, will help to significantly reduce the UK’s domestic carbon emissions from energy generation. More information
Alan's monthly activity report for February is now online. It covers his recent work on the Energy Bill, HMOs, prepay meters, electoral reform, and other areas. Read Alan's report.
Alan has backed the Campaign for Better Transport campaign for a regulation to reduce the cost of travelling by train. More information.
Alan has backed the Campaign for Better Transport campaign for a regulation to reduce the cost of travelling by train. More information.
Southampton's Conservative Council has failed in its bid to sell off part of Southampton's heritage to plug a hole in its budget. More information.
Alan has praised Southampton FC for its fantastic community work. Alan said:
"It is clear that the club's work reaches places that other organisations can't. The club is delivering real change across the City and I am very proud of the positive impact they are having."
The last of the big 6 energy providers has agreed to stop charging prepay meter customers more for the same amount of energy.. Today the head of the National Housing Federation thanked Alan Whitehead MP for his championing of the campaign to end these unfair charges.
"We are extremely grateful to Alan Whitehead MP who has been calling for an end to this injustice for years. His tireless campaigning has helped ensure that prepay energy customers don't pay a penny more than those who pay via a quarterly bill. This success will save some households over £100 a year."
Tory proposals to cut tax credits for families with a joint income of more than £31,000 could hit the pockets of thousands of young parents in Southampton. More information.
Alan has congratulated 6 local scientists from Southampton University who have been chosen to exhibit their work at the Science, Engineering and Technology Student Awards.
Alan said: "To have six students chosen from our city is a serious achievement considering the high demand for places at this exhibition. It shows that Southampton University is able to attract some of the top UK minds in the fields of Science and Technology."
Alan is working with local residents in Portswood to deliver a community garden on a wasteland site near Portswood school.
Monday- Meetings with a consultant cardiologist (regarding trans catheter aortic valve implantation) and the Chief Executive (regarding parking) at Southampton General Hospital. Visit to St Mary’s Football Stadium to discuss the work of Saints in the Community.
As part of Alan's work on the Justice Committee, he lays out plans for cutting crime and prison numbers through the greater use of community courts, probation and youth courts, and other measures. Read Alan's article here.
In Local Government questions, Alan analysed what the Tory proposals for a three year council tax freeze really mean. Read his question here.
Alan today used Prime Minister's Questions to press for the early use of new powers to regulate HMOs in cities like Southampton.
The government today announced they would implement a change in planning rules to protect family homes in areas like Portswood, thanks in part to a long campaign by Alan Whitehead. Alan has welcomed the fantastic news. More information.
Alan Whitehead and John Denham have welcomed the news that Britain is out of recession, but warned there is absolutely no room for complacency if the recovery is to last. More information
Alan's first Montly Activity Report for 2010 is now online. This report covers his proposed amendment to get a referendum on changing the voting system; his work on fuel poverty; schools; the HMO review; and other issues.
Last year Alan pressed the government to invest more in sustainable council homes for families. Now, the government has announced Southampton will get nearly £1 million to build new council homes to just those specifications. More information.
Both Alan and John Denham are encouraging vulnerable people in Southampton to not be afraid to keep their heating up this winter, due to the extra help with heating being made available by the government.