Off the Fence: Alan Mak

Havant MP Alan Mak
Havant MP Alan Mak
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MP for Havant

David Willetts was an outstanding MP and I promise to work hard for all local residents.

I’ve already got stuck in, dealing with residents’ queries, supporting community events like Hayling’s Donkey Derby & Fete, speaking to the transport minister about local train services and setting up my offices in Havant and Westminster.

I’m proud to represent our area because it’s on the rise. But we must back our next generation of leaders to secure our success.

Market Parade will be regenerated. Dunsbury Hill Farm will bring new jobs. Hayling and Emsworth are firm visitor favourites.

Havant Hockey Club has exciting plans for a new sports village. Small businesses are seeing an upturn in trade.

We must nurture our future wealth creators and community leaders to maintain this success.

The future looks promising because I’ve met some great local role models.

Giles Babb, 30, runs Emsworth’s Blue Bell Inn pub whilst also serving as chairman of the Emsworth Business Association, a busy role championing the town’s vibrant economy.

Emily Warne and Peter Gibbs, both 28, childhood friends from Hayling, launched award-winning hair salon Headromance in central Havant, creating new local jobs and apprenticeships.

Emily’s success was recognised last year as she scooped Best Success Story at The News’ Woman of the Year awards.

Meanwhile Northney Ice Cream is led by Tim Pike, 39, who doubles up as the Havant area’s Scout Commissioner.

Local GP Dr Raj Laly, 30, from Langstone, spends his weekends captaining Havant Hockey Club’s 1st XI, whilst Sophie Fullerlove, 32, is director of the Spring Arts & Heritage Centre on East Street.

By day 22-year-old Portsmouth University graduate George Muir works at property management business Fasset on Langstone Technology Park, but by night he volunteers his time and energy to help me build the Havant Next Generation Network, a networking and personal development group I launched in January for local young professionals.

The likes of Giles, Emily, Peter, Tim, Sophie, Raj and George are key to our future locally. If you’re a local employer or resident, why not share your life experience as a mentor or take on an apprentice?

If you lead a local charity or community group, why not prioritise getting a younger trustee or committee member on board?