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Entrepreneurs and representatives from other Stevenage businesses, small and large, held a business breakfast with local MP Stephen McPartland as part of their support for the Twin Town cyclists in their effort to raise £100,000 for the Lister Hospital.

The event was hosted by the Cromwell Hotel and gave the opportunity to hear the success of work already done, and some of the activities planned by TT1000 and their supporters over the next few months. During his speech, Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, said, "It's amazing the enthusiasm coming from the business community to support such an ambitious target of raising £1000,000 for the Lister Hospital.  I'm proud to be working alongside them to help them reach their target."

TT1000 team captain, Steve Watkins, who is also BBC Radio's Stevenage FC reporter, said, "The business breakfast was a fantastic event.  A big thank you to everyone who came to learn more, it's so important to keep spreading the word."

The cycle ride is named ‘Twin Towns 1000’ as the route is over 1,000 kms and the team will be cycling from Harwich in the UK to the towns of Ingelheim in Germany and Autun in France, both towns twinned with Stevenage.

Further information can be found at: www.twintowns1000.bike or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Twintowns1000/ or Twitter: twitter.com/twintowns1000 A Just Giving page has also been set up: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/twintowns1000

If you would like any further information about how to get involved in raising funds for the team’s efforts, please contact Sam Skipp, Fundraiser at East and North Herts Hospitals Charity via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Aston St Mary's Church of England Primary School recently held elections for their School Council and invited their local Member of Parliament, Stephen McPartland, along to meet the pupils and present them with their badges at a special school assembly.

Stephen McPartland MP said, "I was delighted to award the newly elected School Councillors with their badges and look forward to working with them. It is always very important to me that each year group has their own elected class representatives, as it helps them drive forward the ideas from their own classes."

Head teacher, Julie Winwood, added,  "As in all schools that have a School Council, we are teaching our pupils one of our British values - democracy.  School Councils give pupils a voice and helps them understand how democracy can influence decision making at all levels."

The School Councillors are elected by their class to represent their views and work together to make improvements to the school.  The School Councillors work together with Julie and volunteer, Dennis Preston, who help guide the children, and their first project is focused on reviewing the school's lunch menu.

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Sir Oliver Heald MP, Peter Lilley MP and Stephen McPartland MP met with the Lister Hospital's Chief Executive and Chairman in Parliament. The meeting was to discuss progress on the campaigns for specialised surgical services and a satellite Radiotherapy Unit to be based in Stevenage at the Lister Hospital.

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, said, "It was a fantastic meeting and I am delighted that business cases for both campaigns are now completed and will be considered shortly by NHS England and the Board of the East & North Herts Hospital Trust, which manages the Lister Hospital."

Peter Lilley, Member of Parliament for Hitchin & Harpenden, said, "It was great news that the Trust is making progress on bringing both a radiotherapy unit and vascular surgery services to the Lister.  These could transform the lives of patients in my constituency."

Sir Oliver Heald, Member of Parliament for North East Hertfordshire, added, "North East Herts residents have had to travel long distances to access radiotherapy and specialist artery surgery. They have strongly supported our campaign to bring these to the Lister and I was encouraged by the progress being made by the Trust. I will continue to press for action."

If successful, Specialised Vascular Surgical Services will be located at the Lister Hospital instead of Watford. A satellite Radiotherapy Unit based locally would mean thousands of local people would no longer have to travel to Mount Vernon in Hillingdon for routine Radiotherapy Treatment. A campaign the three local Members of Parliament launched together to help bring cancer Services closer to patients' homes.

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The Government has announced £19 million funding to help drive forward the regeneration of Stevenage town centre, but rejected the current plans and demanded Stevenage First be abolished. A new organisation will replace Stevenage First, which has failed to regenerate our town centre, Stevenage train station will not be moved and the money cannot be used to close Lytton Way.

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, said, “I love Stevenage, but its town centre is not fit for purpose. It needs regenerating and bringing forward into the 21st century, and it needs to reflect the growing aspirations of the people who live here, but do not shop here. However, the latest regeneration plan was painful to read, totally undeliverable and a billion-pound joke on local people. The ridiculous proposal included moving the existing railway station, relied on by 35,000 commuters a day, closing Lytton Way, demolishing the Gordon Craig theatre and building 1,300 flats on the leisure park to wipe out our community facilities.

“The plans fail to regenerate the town centre, as they do not include the shops in Queensway, which they claim is a Conservation Area! I explained to Government, that we cannot support any regeneration scheme that does not include our shops and threatens to destroy the local economy by moving the train station. I am delighted that after intensive discussions with Ministers, Stevenage First will be abolished and a new organisation is to be tasked with the regeneration of our town centre. This is backed by almost £20 million of Government funding and I will take a role in it. This is on top of the £12 million the Government provided for land acquisition in Stevenage town centre in 2011.

"I have spoken to developers, financiers, chief executives and chairmen of leading retailers, and they all tell me the exact same simple facts of regeneration. We have to increase customer footfall and the dwell time of shoppers before they will come, and the quickest way to do that is with an element of free parking. Stevenage Borough Council must now discuss giving up its addiction to the £3.5 million it receives in car parking charges, which blocks every regeneration attempt.”

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Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, met with Highways England to discuss the A1(M) widening scheme and receive the latest progress update.

Stephen, said "I have met with Highways England several times to discuss the scheme, which will upgrade the A1(M) at Stevenage to a Smart Motorway. This includes widening of the two lane section to dual three lane and hard shoulder running between Junctions 6 and 8, Welwyn to Stevenage. It costs £8million a mile and I was delighted to secure the funding in the first ever Road Investment Strategy back in autumn 2014.

"A huge amount of work has already been undertaken by Highways England, as they will be responsible for the full design and delivery of the scheme. I have now seen the latest plans that have been developed from this exhaustive preliminary planning work and we are very close to beginning the detailed design work. It is important that the planning and design stages are as comprehensive as possible, because it will prevent any delays when construction begins.

"I am grateful to Highways England for the work they have done and take into consideration a number of points I have raised on behalf of local people. The latest progress meeting was an exciting discussion as the scheme is starting to take shape. It did raise a few more questions, but by working closely together we are making excellent progress and are on schedule for construction in 2019/20."

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Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage said, "I will be voting in favour of the European Union Withdrawal Bill this evening. It should clear the first stage of Parliament tonight and then has several more stages to go next week in the House of Commons. It will then proceed to the House of Lords.

"I understand there are strong feelings on both sides of the debate, but I believe in democracy. Whether I win or lose by 1 vote in an election, never mind 1.7million, then I have to respect that decision. My constituency voted Leave as did I and the margin locally was over 20 percent.

"The Prime Minister has been clear that Brexit means Brexit and the Government will trigger Article 50 by the end of March 2017. I can assure you the Government is committed to making a success of Brexit, and that there must be no attempts to remain inside the EU, no attempts to rejoin it through the back door, and no second referendum. The referendum campaign was fought, the vote was held, turnout was high, and the public gave their verdict. The country voted to leave the European Union, and it is the duty of the Government to make sure we do just that."

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Stevenage-based technology firm Ajilon has partnered with a host of local firms, to offer high-tech prizes for winning schools entries in 'The Future of Technology Art Competition' in aid of the Royal Brompton Fountain, working with the Royal Brompton Hospital to provide life saving care to local children.

Stephen McPartland MP said, "We want students to show us their vision of the future in technology, it could be computing, robotics, spaceflight or other applications.  Stevenage is leading the way in many areas of technology and the next generation can continue to build for the future."

The Future of Technology Art Competition is open to schools in Hertfordshire for student years 5, 6, 7 and 8.  Designs need to be on A4 paper, including a name for the design.  The top entries will be selected to appear in a collaged book, showcasing young people's visions of tomorrow. The book will be sold and all profits donated to The Brompton Fountain, which provides support, resources and equipment to children with life-threatening conditions as well as their families.

Please register your interest at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The closing date for entries is 10th February 2017, with winners announced and prize-giving presentations by Stephen McPartland MP on 3rd March 2017. Prizes include a Microsoft Surface Pro 3, Love2Shop vouchers and free IT Health checks for the winning schools.

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