Stephen McPartland
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in Stevenage, Knebworth, Codicote, Datchworth and Aston

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, commented on this year's A-level exam results and the achievements of local students.

Stephen said,  "Congratulations to all our local students who should be proud of their achievements. Make sure you enjoy a few more weeks of summer and look forward to an exciting future full of opportunity."

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An exciting opportunity to work for Stephen McPartland MP is now available in his office. If you would like to build a career helping people and creating change both locally and nationally, then there are a wealth of opportunities.

Stephen McPartland MP is supported by a small, but dedicated team which prides itself on helping him make a difference. He is looking for someone to join the team and stay for a number of years, so they can take full advantage of the development opportunities.

Stephen would like to appoint a Caseworker in his Stevenage office to act as a dedicated first point of contact for those seeking assistance. 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 constituents with 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.

Role includes:

  • Dealing with standard queries from members of the public; providing information, advice and support to constituents on a broad range of issues
  • Carrying out research and interacting with Government agencies, local councils and other organisations in order to respond to queries
  • Drafting of letters and correspondence in response to constituents’ enquiries
  • Retaining records and information confidentially and in line with the Data Protection Act
  • Dealing with telephone enquiries

Skills required:

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

Sympathise with the values of the Conservative Party

Salary: £20,000

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.  Closing date: 1st September 2017, interviews may commence before the closing date

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Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland provided some assistance to the hardy fishermen who held a 24-hour fishing event to raise money and awareness of autism. Carping4Charity, led by Chairman Mark Clifford-Smith, has been raising money for a few years, now based at Fairlands Valley Park. This year they raised £463.50 for The National Autistic Society.

Stephen McPartland MP said, "I am always delighted to support local events and proud of how many people get involved to help others in our community. Mark and his friends are making a big difference by raising money but, most importantly, the understanding of autism."

Mark Clifford-Smith, Chairman of Carping4Charity, said, "This year's charity is close to my heart due to one of my nieces having autism and my nephew awaiting to be diagnosed. Also one of our young fishermen is autistic, and since doing these events we have helped him a lot with his social skills and being more independent, and to find himself something that he can focus on really well - he now fishes all the time!

"I know first hand at how hard it can be for some families, the struggles they deal with, what they have to go through on a daily basis and not to have anyone to turn to for help when needed. We hope the money raised will help improve a family's life and make things that bit easier for them."

Carping4Charity are already planning a similar event for next year, in aid of the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance.

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Local residents from Knebworth and the surrounding area have formed a campaign to Save Our Station Pub, which is committed to saving the pub and its outside space for the benefit of the community, and supported by Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland.

Stephen McPartland MP said, "I am delighted to support the local community campaign 'Save Our Station Pub'. They are an energetic group determined to make the pub the centre of the village community once again with a range of facilities. Losing the wonderful garden area to flats would be a disaster as it is important we have more homes, but we need community facilities for people in those homes to enjoy."

A planning application has been made to NHDC redevelop the Station Pub and volunteers working as part of the campaign action group have delivered information to all households in the village so that local people are aware of the consultation period which runs to 10th August.

Lisa Nash, from the SOSPUB action group in Knebworth, said, "The results of the Plunkett Foundation survey provided strong evidence that the village wishes to retain the pub and social outside space as a community facility, in line with the "more than a pub" campaign.

"The Station pub in Knebworth has a great history as a local entertainment venue which as a community group we would like to revitalise.  We believe that the submitted plans would significantly stifle the activities that any pub would be able to undertake.

"As the Plunkett Foundation tells us pubs provide one of the increasingly few places of social interaction for all, particularly important for those at risk of social isolation.

"The SOSPUB action group are committed to saving the pub and outside space for the benefit of all of the community."

More information about the SOSPUB campaign can be found on their website: www.stationpub.org.uk

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Stag Walkers, a Hertfordshire young Ramblers group has celebrated its 10th anniversary with a walk and talk with Stephen McPartland MP to highlight the many benefits of walking and the importance of paths and green spaces in Hertfordshire. Stephen McPartland, MP for Stevenage, which includes the villages of Knebworth, Codicote, Datchworth and Aston, and walkers from across the county joined members of Stag Walkers in Rabley Heath for a six mile walk around Knebworth Park, including a stretch along a newly-created public footpath.

Stephen McPartland MP commented, "I had a great time meeting members of Stag Walkers and ramblers from across Hertfordshire. It was encouraging to see so many people enjoying the fantastic countryside on our doorstep. We are lucky to have an excellent network of well-maintained local paths, which walkers can enjoy.

"I would urge local people to get out and enjoy the wonders of walking. It is a fun, low cost and easy way to spend time outside."

Rebecca Dawson, chair of Stag Walkers and a trustee of the Ramblers, said, "We’d like to thank Stephen for joining us on our 10 year anniversary walk event to talk about how we can ensure everyone, no matter their age, can enjoy the benefits of walking. We’re pleased that we were able to use the new path in Knebworth Park and demonstrate to Stephen the benefits of improving our local path network.

"Stag Walkers offers regular local walks of varying lengths plus an exciting social programme and we’d love for more young people to join us and discover the fun, friendship and health benefits of walking with a group in the great outdoors."

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Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland officially opened Gibbs & Dandy’s new Stevenage branch in Gunnels Wood Park, which took over the business and staff of family merchant Chas Lowe & Sons, based in Knebworth.

Stephen McPartland MP said, “It is positive to see a national business investing so significantly in the local area. Chas Lowe & Sons was a well-established and highly commended business within the region, and the safeguarding of the workforce’s jobs by Gibbs & Dandy is very much welcomed.

“Generations of local people have benefited from the company as both customers and employees, and this will continue thanks to Chas Lowe & Son’s legacy living on through Gibbs & Dandy here in Stevenage.”

The official opening also saw the launch of Gibbs & Dandy's merchant partnering with Stevenage Football Club in its kick-off event, which raised funds for local charity Garden House Hospice.

Kevin Lowe, a former director at Chas Lowe & Sons, is now sales director at the Stevenage branch, while Gibbs & Dandy Sales Director, Andrew Cushing said, “We’re proud to formally launch our new Stevenage branch, our third in the local area alongside our Bedford and flagship Luton premises.

“Chas Lowe & Sons provided an excellent service to the local trades for over 60 years, and that’s something we’re continuing in our commitment to the region. The new branch marries staff expertise, an unbeatable product range and outstanding facilities designed with trades’ needs in mind.

“The team’s seamless integration, their enthusiasm and willingness to learn are what have really made this new branch such a success, and I cannot commend them highly enough. Here’s to a great future in Stevenage.”

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