Havant MP Alan Mak talks about banks, state visits, improving local infrastructure and sixth
For me, the superb pumpkin display at Hayling’s Stoke Fruit Farm means autumn has arrived. I hope residents are enjoying this exciting time of year. I had another busy week in Westminster, including welcoming Hayling resident Jake Sexton to Parliament for a ‘graduation ceremony’ to mark the end of his apprenticeship with Barclays.
Speaking of banks, I hosted a meeting in Mengham between local traders and NatWest where they promised to reconsider their decision to close their Hayling branch.
The Queen welcomed the Chinese President for a state visit this week. I spoke on the BBC’s Daily Politics Show about the importance of building a strong partnership with growing economies.
This state visit alone will see over £30 billion worth of deals completed, creating over 3,900 jobs for British workers.
Having served on the House of Commons Committee reviewing plans for English votes for English laws, I’m delighted that my fellow MPs voted for it last Thursday. It’s absolutely right that England has a stronger voice over its future.
We need more devolution of power from Westminster to Havant and Hampshire too, so last week I helped start a new Parliamentary Group for Hampshire bringing together local MPs to work on cross-cutting issues like economic growth, transport, policing and school funding.
Done right, devolution will bring benefits for Havant and businesses like Pfizer on New Lane, which I visited last Friday.
As a commuter from Havant, I’m keen that our local rail services get the investment residents deserve.
I spoke up for Havant’s rail provision in a Commons debate last week, highlighting our area’s rising population, strong economy and rising visitor numbers as reasons why we need better trains and improved local infrastructure.
Havant Sixth Form and South Downs College go from strength to strength and I met their principals, John McDougall and Mike Gaston to prepare for our meeting with Further Education Minister Nick Boles, which I’ve arranged in Westminster, together with the Oaklands School head, to discuss sixth form education.
My next drop-in surgery is on Friday, November 27 from 5pm-6.30pm at Leigh Park Working Men’s Club.
Drop-in anytime if you’d like to discuss anything local or national issue with me.
Thanks to all residents for your continuing support, and enjoy the rest of the week.