Havant MP Alan Mak discusses local issues with the Council leader and attends events across the borough
Walking through Emsworth square last week I was hugely impressed by the giant Halloween pumpkin.
The bonfire and fireworks display at Emsworth Primary School on Saturday night was a real treat too after another hectic week in Westminster, where I sat on the committee passing the National Insurance Bill.
This new law freezes the National Insurance rate so taxes stay low for working people and businesses across Havant. VAT and income tax will also be frozen by the government.
Supporting local schools and young people across Havant is one of my top local priorities. From my constituency office in Langstone Technology Park, I’m currently working on Havant HeadStart, a package of helpful initiatives to help local students and teachers.
I met with leading education charity the Sutton Trust and discussed ideas with Oxford University about how they could be involved.
Constituents are always welcome to visit me in Westminster, and this week I arranged for Havant Police Cadets to visit Parliament.
They had an excellent time. Any resident who wants to arrange a group tour for themselves and their friends or neighbours, or a community group they’re part of, should contact my office in writing.
I had another of my regular meetings with Havant Borough Council Leader Mike Cheshire to discuss local priorities, including my ideas for boosting the local economy.
I’m excited that Marks & Spencer will definitely be coming to Havant! I’ll also be hosting the first ever Havant MP’s jobs and apprenticeships fair next year. Further details to come shortly.
Our area is lucky to have so many active community groups and churches. The Emsworth Forum are working on ideas for their town’s future development, and I enjoyed catching-up with them.
The Emsworth Business Association is outstanding, and their charity ball at the Brookfield Hotel last Friday was another great success, with Joe Wadsack from BBC’s Food and Drink programme on-hand as guest auctioneer.
South Hayling United Reform Church welcomed Reverend Heather Cadoux as their new Minister last week, and I was delighted to join an uplifting church service with great music to welcome her alongside many local residents.
Thank you for your continued support and enjoy the rest of the week.