Alan Whitehead

Labour MP for Southampton Test

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Sustainable energy and special needs schools in Southampton

This was a very busy week full of interesting meetings, film screenings and conferences. I was able to discuss important climate issues like renewable energy at several meetings and events, as well as being able to meet with teachers and talk about the importance of special educational needs schools and facilities. I’ve also been working hard on sustainable energy plans and policies. 


I began the day with a fascinating discussion about the democratisation of Southampton’s energy supply, which was a great way to start off a busy week. Afterwards, I caught the train to London for a shadow BEIS team meeting and then went to a very productive PLP meeting. I was also honoured to chair a screening of “High Hopes”, a film about the Bedouin in Khan Al Ahmar; it was a fantastic film that raised all sorts of interesting questions and ideas. I ended the day with a meeting about our country’s resource management policies, including strategies for ending waste crime and meeting crucial recycling targets, which are very important to me.


I spent today with the shadow BEIS team discussing green strategies for industry and business, and the challenges we should set ourselves to meet our goals for a sustainable industry.


Today I spoke at the Dulwich and West Norwood Speaks up for the Climate event, and discussed Labour’s visions for renewable energy policies, which is an issue that’s incredibly important and an issue I feel very strongly about. It was great to be able to meet locals who are also passionate about sustainability and find out about what they’ve been doing locally to help with improving and maintain the environment.


I started off a busy Thursday at the Energy and Utilities Alliance’s Speak Gas 2016 event with a talk about decarbonising heating and a question and answer session about green gas and environmentally friendly energy sources. Then I went to the Energy UK Annual Conference to present a talk on sustainable energy and take part in a Q&A. It was wonderful to be able to speak to so many different people on something I consider such a crucial issue.

After this, I ended the day by speaking at the UNITE Distribution Working Party Shop Stewards Committee meeting about the Labour Party’s view on the UK’s transmission structure.


Friday was brilliant as I was able to spend the morning in Southampton, starting the day by attending a meeting about immigration at Shirley Parish Church. Afterwards, I was able to meet with the head of Vermont School to talk about the future of special educational needs schools. Then I went to a very productive meeting about Southern Water’s plans for a brand new heat and power plant in Millbrook and how we can work together to make sure it’s sustainable.  

In the afternoon, I drove up to Sussex to visit the Ford Materials Recycling Facility in Arundel, before heading home for an evening in Southampton.


On Saturday afternoon, I chaired a session at Labour’s South East Regional Conference about environmental policy. 

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