Alan Whitehead

Labour MP for Southampton Test

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The future of renewable energy, advice surgery and a member's training event

This week was packed with meetings both in Parliament and at home in my constituency. The week ended with a visit from our MEP Anneliese Dodds who gave Southampton members a briefing and training session on what to expect from the upcoming EU referendum. Read on to find out more.


On Monday I had a meeting regarding the NHS for the Wessex region. My constituency has two hospitals, which serve the wider area and also employ many of my constituents. I like to keep up to date on the great work that goes on in them and also any issues that I may be able to help with. 

As part of my role as shadow minister I also sat in a delegated legislation committee on Monday regarding Energy Capacity Regulations. This is where representatives from all of the different parties sit together and discuss proposed changes to an existing bill. 


This morning I attended a policy breakfast to discuss future challenges in energy policy and Labour's current policy on energy. Tuesday afternoon was quite exciting as I got to speak to the head of the UN's International Maritime Organisation as they came to address the APP Maritime and Ports group. Southampton has a rich maritime history, and port industry and this is just one example of how, even when I am in Parliament my work focuses on improving my city. 


We had another very exciting PMQs today with Jeremy Corbyn holding the Prime Minister to account on his policies, many of which are having a very real and adverse effect on my constituents in Southampton. 

Today also saw a meeting with the chief executive of Associated British Ports. In Southampton, We have one of the largest container ports in the EU. It employers many of my constituents and produces much secondary trade in the city. A port this big creates many challenges alongside opportunity so I work very closely with both the ports and my constituents to keep things running smoothly. 


Today I had many meetings and interviews regarding my role as a shadow minister on Labour's Energy and Climate Change team. This is a role I am proud to be working on, and I am enjoying it very much. The meeting I had today about onshore wind was particularly important in light of the current governments complete disregard for renewable energy in general and wind power and solar energy in particular. 

Today also saw me travel back to Southampton, where I took part in our local party's annual general meeting. We elected a new executive including a new Chair. John Arnold our previous Chair was stepping down after many years of dedicated service to our party. I had the privilege to work with John as a councillor and as the Chair of Southampton Labour Party and we shall all miss his experience and wisdom. Many congratulations to our new Chair Matt Tucker, who I have no doubt is more than up to filling John's shoes. 


I held my 3rd constituency advice surgery of the month which was very busy. I always enjoy meeting my constituents and do what I can to help them with any issues that I can. 


On Saturday morning I met with a group of my constituents that had foetal alcohol spectrum disorder to hear about some of the issues that effect their day to day lives and what I can do as an MP to raise awareness for the disorder and also the issues surrounding alcohol during pregnancy. 

Later I attended a fantastic event put on by Anneliese Dodds our Labour MEP in the South East. She was here to hold a training session for Southampton members on issues around the EU referendum and on how our members can campaign on it in the coming months. 

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