An issue that rises above day-to-day politics

Alan Mak MP, right, with Eaton site manager Tyrone White
Alan Mak MP, right, with Eaton site manager Tyrone White
Faerham Borough Council's Local Plan review meetings are set to get underway next week. Picture : Melanie Leininger PPP-140728-104257001

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NEXT Monday Chancellor Philip Hammond will launch a new group in parliament that I have founded, which will tackle some of the biggest questions facing the future of Britain’s economy.

NEXT Monday Chancellor Philip Hammond will launch a new group in parliament that I have founded, which will tackle some of the biggest questions facing the future of Britain’s economy.

Known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), this term describes the exciting new technologies which will radically change almost every aspect of our lives. This includes everything from driverless cars, artificial intelligence and 3D printers to Amazon’s drone deliveries.

While many of these products will improve our lives, just like every industrial revolution which has preceded it, we also need to prepare for the technology revolution’s impact on the workplace.

Some Havant companies have already seized the opportunity of the 4IR, including 3D printer business Dream 3D on Harts Farm Way, which will be exhibiting at the launch. Similarly, Havant-based hydraulics manufacturer Eaton, has invested in state-of- the-art automated machinery, resulting in some production being switched back from China to Britain, bringing back jobs for local people and greater productivity for the business. Where these Havant firms are leading the way, I’m confident others across the country will follow.

My new All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the 4IR will provide a cross-party forum to discuss the big issues surrounding these new technologies, including how we re-train workers to take up new job opportunities that are created.

That’s why I’m delighted that some Labour MPs have joined the Steering Committee which I will be Chairing. Together we will raise awareness of the 4IR among Parliamentarians, industry, academia, the media and other stakeholders. This is an issue above normal politics.

The fact that the chancellor is launching my APPG underlines how important the issue is to the government.

Locally, nominations for the Havant Small Business Awards 2017, backed by The News, are now open in 12 different categories. Whether it is a favourite cafe, pub or restaurant, a tradesman who has gone the extra mile, we welcome your nominations. Visit alanmak.org.uk/nominate for more.