Defying terrorism as our UK democracy continues

Alan Mak, right, with Henry Harris-Burland from Starship Technologies
Alan Mak, right, with Henry Harris-Burland from Starship Technologies
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THIS Wednesday’s tragic events in Westminster remind us how precious our democracy is.

I joined the prime minister and other MPs to pay tribute to PC Keith Palmer, the police officer killed by the terrorist, and all those affected by the incident.

Our best response to terrorism which attacks our freedom and security is to be defiant and carry on with business as usual. That’s what I did as your local MP.

Backing Havant businesses, nationally and internationally, is one example.

I brought the government’s new Export Hub Roadshow to Langstone Technology Park to give local companies thinking about trading globally advice, and my Small Business Awards are back this year.

Our area is also home to many talented business people working in advanced technology, including Henry Harris-Burland, originally from Emsworth. Henry also exhibited at my launch with his company Starship Technologies.

This automated delivery firm is at the cutting edge of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, with its driverless buggy able to make deliveries of small items within a three mile radius.

Introducing these exciting new products with a Havant area link to the Chancellor was brilliant, and it follows on from other meetings I have been able to arrange between ministers and local businesses.

These small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and I will continue backing them.

Don’t forget nominations are now open in 12 different categories for my Havant Small Business Awards 2017, backed by The News.

Whether it’s a favourite cafe, pub or restaurant, a tradesman, a local business leader or apprentice who has inspired you, we welcome your nominations.

Visit to find out more.

Business as usual, both in Havant and Westminster.

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