Alan Whitehead

Labour MP for Southampton Test

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Trade Union Bill and Remembrance Sunday

I started the week meeting constituents about the terrible Tory TU Bill and finished on Sunday with paying my respects to the service people of our country. Read on to find out more about the week


I started the week in a briefing by the National Grid discussing the future for energy, and the challenges the National Grid faces this winter in keeping us going with light and warmth. 

This week saw the vote on the Tories regressive Trade Union Bill, and I was happy to meet with constituents from Southampton who were, like myself very concerned about elements in the bill. I voted against this but unfortunately it has been passed, I will continue to work to ensure people in Southampton have access to their democratic right to strike. 


Air pollution is a big issue in Southampton, especially with all of the industrial activity in the city. On Tuesday I met with DEFRA to discuss ways to improve air quality in Southampton, including putting the onus on big cruise ship companies to introduce measures that will make us less likely to breathe in their diesel fumes. 

I also attended an event where we were coming up with ideas on how energy suppliers can provide a better deal for customers when it comes to gas, and how we as politicians can help them support a low carbon economy. 


Today I met with my fellow Shadow DECC team to discuss where we are heading with Labour Party energy and climate change policy.  I also was interviewed by a Southampton Solent Student for a project they were doing on how Jeremy Corbyn may be changing the political landscape. I do these types of interviews often, and enjoy helping students in my constituency with their degrees. 

The rest of my day was spent on discussing energy with various organisations including,  Meeting with the Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce regarding the offshore oil and gas industry and energy security and at a Energy and Utility Forum event regarding energy market reform. 


I spent a lot of Thursdays in more meetings on Energy. My brief in the shadow DECC team is energy and I spend a lot of my time discussing how we can move to cleaner and more sustainable energy provision. Today I had a meetings with Statoil on their Energy Perspectives report, Drax on biomass and the Levy Control Framework and the UK Green Building Council on carbon emission targets in the built environment. 


I spent much of Friday at a Policy Exchange event on domestic energy efficiency. I have been spending quite a lot of my time working on domestic energy efficiency since becoming and MP, and even more now I'm a shadow minister at DECC. This is always something at the forefront of my mind, as achieving our goals on domestic energy efficiency is something that would go a long way in helping reduce fuel poverty for so many of my constituents in Southampton Test. It is also something that I worry the government is completely ignoring, and will fail to meet targets on.


Today I held my first constituency advice surgery of the month. I hold these surgeries regularly and try to help my constituents as best I can with any problems they may be facing.  


On Sunday I took part in Southampton's annual Remembrance Sunday Parade and put down a wreath at the Cenotaph. It is always my privilege to do this to remember all of those who have given their lives to protect us. 

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