Alan Whitehead

Labour MP for Southampton Test

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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.


I started the week at a meeting with the Redbridge Resident’s Association about developing the Redbridge roundabout before a meeting with the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy team. Then I went to a meeting of the Channel Islands Parliamentary Group to talk about what’s happening to the relationship between the Islands and the UK after Brexit.


Today was full of important meetings about sustainable energy, starting with meeting North Star Solar to discuss local solar energy projects. I then went to a First Utility event to discuss how the Labour Party can help to stop consumers from being over-charged by energy companies.

Afterwards, I met with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, before ending the day by attending an exciting event held by the APPG for British Sikhs to celebrate Guru Nanak Dev JI’s birthday.


Today, I co-chaired a meeting on low carbon gas held by Carbon Connect to discuss new ways we can reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions and help make the environment safer and cleaner. After Prime Minister’s Questions, I went to Carbon Connect’s roundtable meeting on efficient energy and was able to discuss clean energy sources, and why they’re so important, in more detail. That evening, I went to a fascinating discussion at the Italian Embassy about Europe’s energy strategy.


I went to a meeting with the company Vivergo Fuels to talk about decarbonising transport, which would be a huge step forward in improving the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. Afterwards, I was very happy to come home and attend the Southampton Labour Party meeting.


I went to the second reading of a Parliamentary bill on assistance dog owners being refused entry to taxis and businesses, a very important issue as I’m committed to making Southampton safe and accessible for everyone.


I spent Saturday holding my third advice surgery of the month, and enjoyed being able to meet some of my constituents.

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