‘We’re helping build the new carriers’

PARTNERSHIP Alan Mak with Bob Kramer, vice president of Lockheed Martin
PARTNERSHIP Alan Mak with Bob Kramer, vice president of Lockheed Martin
HMS Queen Elizabeth sailing back into Portsmouth

PICTURE GALLERY: HMS Queen Elizabeth sails back into Portsmouth

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Havant MP Alan Mak reports on his visit to see our new aircraft carriers and what’s happening around the burough

Last Thursday I was privileged to meet the brilliant sailors and engineers building our two new aircraft carriers at Rosyth dockyard in Scotland.

HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales weigh 65,000 tonnes each, and will be the biggest British warships ever constructed.

I’m proud two Havant businesses are playing a big role.

Both ships will carry new F35B Joint Striker Fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin which has a big site at Langstone Technology Park.

The diesel generators powering both vessels are supplied by Wartsila, a marine engineering company based near Brockhampton Way in Havant.

December 5 is ‘Small business Saturday’ and I will again be out and about across the constituency visiting high streets and encouraging residents to shop local.

Hayling Island Bookshop in Mengham is giving every child that visits a free book and I’ll be there at 3pm in case any residents want to chat.

Strengthening our economy is my top local priority, so I’m also organising Havant’s first MP Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair on February 19, 2016.

I’ll be bringing together local businesses offering jobs and connecting them to local jobseekers.

More details will be announced in The News nearer the time.

Many local businesses employ apprentices, giving young people a chance to get on the career ladder.

A good example is Medina Joinery on Hayling Island which manufactures wooden doors, windows and roof lanterns.

Owner James Bright currently employs an apprentice, having hired others in the past including from South Downs and Hayling College.

Our local pubs are community hubs and important employers, and my Pub Chef Award is designed to highlight the unsung heroes in the kitchen.

Residents have now chosen the winners – look out for the exclusive announcement in The News.

My next drop-in surgery is this Friday, November 27 at Leigh Park Working Men’s Club from 5pm to 6.30pm; there’s no need to book.

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