Our tradition of protecting freedom

Alan Mak in the classroom at South Downs College
Alan Mak in the classroom at South Downs College
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Havant MP Alan Mak talks about remembrance, education, housing and the latest goings-on around the borough

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and the French people. We must never allow extremists and terrorists to threaten our democracy and way of life.

I attended the Last Post Dinner at Langstone’s Ship Inn on Remembrance Day to commemorate the role of veterans, past and present, from the Havant area.

It reminded me of our country’s longstanding tradition of protecting freedom and public service.

South Downs College continues that tradition with its popular ‘public services’ course for students who want to be future police officers, council officers or members of the Armed Forces.

I was delighted to welcome three public service classes to Parliament last week after my earlier visit to the college to meet A-Level law students preparing for a mock trial debating competition in Bournemouth. Good luck to them all.

As winter approaches, flooding risk in Emsworth should be reduced thanks to the new £300,000 Nore Farm Flood defence scheme protecting Selangor Avenue and the surrounding area. I enjoyed viewing the defences and congratulate the Environment Agency’s engineers and local community groups for their hard work.

Across Havant borough the council’s house building strategy has meant nearly 500 homes were built last year for local people. I was pleased to highlight this in Parliament earning praise from the housing minister who has promised to visit in 2016.

I’m proud to support Emsworth high street’s bid to become dementia friendly, and I enjoyed attending a training session at the Brookfield Hotel last week to become a Dementia Friend, which is committed to helping raise awareness.

Well done to Emsworth Business Association and the shopkeepers for their efforts.

South Hampshire Volleyball Club based at Purbrook Park School won a prestigious award from Sport England. The parents, carers and supporters who make the club successful deserve our praise as well as the enthusiastic students.

My next drop-in surgeries are on November 27 at Leigh Park Working Men’s Club (5pm-6.30pm) and December 12 at Emsworth Community Centre (10am-11.30am) and Purbrook Centre (1pm-2.30pm). Prior registration not needed.

E-mail Alan Mak at alan.mak.mp@parliament.uk, follow him on Twitter @AlanMakMP or visit AlanMak.org.uk.