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Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, has welcomed a draft bill that will ensure animal abusers are jailed for up to 5 years and animal sentience is reflected in domestic law.

Stephen McPartland MP said, "We are a nation of animal lovers and we all know that animals are sentient beings who feel pain and suffering. It is important we are write this principle into domestic law and ensure that we protect their welfare. Our plans will also increase sentences for those who commit the most heinous acts of animal cruelty to five years in jail. I will ensure we deliver enhanced animal welfare standards as we leave the EU and welcome this new draft bill, which builds on major policy announcements, such as introducing CCTV in all slaughterhouses and ending the ivory trade."

The Government has published a draft bill for consultation which would increase the maximum prison sentence for animal cruelty tenfold, from six months to five years, in England and Wales. The draft bill also sets out that the government must have regard to the welfare needs of animals as sentient beings in formulating and implementing government policy. The plans underline the Government’s commitment to raising animal welfare standards, ensuring there will be enhanced protections for animals as the UK leaves the EU.

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As part of  Herts County Council's Libraries Week activities, staff at Stevenage Central Library were very pleased to welcome local MP Stephen McPartland and Councillor Terry Douris and to show them how the library service has adapted to keep up with the changing needs of the community.

Stephen McPartland MP said, “I was amazed at how many activities now take place in the library on a daily basis and it really is becoming a community hub. I am personally dedicated to protecting all our libraries, as they provide such an amazing place for everyone to learn to love reading. I was delighted they now have an online borrowing facility too."

During the visit Stephen downloaded the Hertfordshire Libraries App and an audio book from Borrowbox, a recent addition to the free online services, while in the background there was singing from young families enjoying one of the popular Baby Rhyme Time Sessions. Stevenage Central Library also provides study and meeting space, free WiFi, computer access and support, along with traditional book lending.

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Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, has been elected as Chairman of the Regulatory Reform Select Committee. In Parliament, Select Committees are very powerful and a huge part of the legislative process. It also means he becomes a member of the Liaison Select Committee, which is made up of all Select Committee Chairmen and takes evidence from the Prime Minister on matters of public policy. Stephen McPartland will also remain a member of the Finance Select Committee.

Stephen McPartland MP said, “The Regulatory Reform committee looks at Legislative Reform Orders, which are used to remove or reduce burdens on business and the public resulting directly or indirectly from legislation. It is a form of 'fast-tracking' non-controversial legislative change without the need to introduce a new Bill before Parliament. The Committee can also look at the wider deregulatory work of the Government as part of its remit to consider 'Matters relating to regulatory reform'.
“I am very pleased, as it is a powerful committee with huge responsibility and a real privilege to be elected as the Chairman.”

Click through for more information on these Parliamentary Select Committees: Regulatory Reform Select Committee; Liaison Select Committee; Finance Select Committee

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An exciting opportunity to work for Stephen McPartland MP is now available in his Stevenage office as a Caseworker (Policy).

Stephen McPartland MP is supported by a small, but dedicated team which prides itself on helping him make a difference. The current postholder has just been headhunted by a large corporate and Stephen is looking for someone to replace them and take full advantage of the development opportunities.

Applicants do not require previous experience but must demonstrate drive and a passion for helping people.

The right candidate will be people-focused and well-organised with a determination to provide a first-class service. They will possess excellent written and oral communication skills, take pride in their work and have a good grasp of IT. The successful applicant will work full-time in a friendly office. The majority of their time will be spent in Stevenage, but they will occasionally need to attend the office in Westminster.

Main responsibilities will be to:

  • respond effectively and courteously to correspondence and enquiries from constituents
  • undertake research and prepare reports, draft correspondence, and briefing notes on policy issues
  • analyse and evaluate research and interpret data
  • assist with progressing casework through liaison with government agencies
  • maintain, update and develop knowledge of relevant legislation
  • communicate effectively with both internal and external contacts

An ideal candidate will:

  • have a genuine desire to help people resolve complaints and concerns
  • have strong written, communication and analytical skills with a good telephone manner and attention to detail
  • be highly organised with the ability to manage and prioritise own caseload
  • have a strong work ethic, reliability and a flexible approach as part of our small team
  • possess good IT skills with a knowledge of Microsoft Word and Outlook 

Sympathise with the values of the Conservative Party

Salary: £20,000-24,000 depending on experience

Contract: Permanent

To Apply: please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a covering letter setting out why you are the right candidate and a CV, and including your full address and contact details.  

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