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

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Pupils from Almond Hill School invited Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland to look around their school, and spend some time with the school government, led by Maddie and Evie.

Stephen McPartland MP said, “It was fantastic to meet the School Government and I was very impressed with the range of questions they asked. The tour of the school really illustrated the sense of enthusiasm in pupils and staff.”

Maddie and Evie ( Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister) greeted Stephen and showed him around the school. They reported, "We started off in year 3 and  3J were lucky enough to ask multiple questions which Mr McPartland answered. On the  way down to year 4 we showed him our wonderful work on the book 'Journey'. 5S asked lots of questions, encouraged by their teacher, Miss Simmons. After this, we looked around year 6 and the rest of the government joined us for a meeting. We told him about how we were elected, what we do and then we all asked questions that had been collected from the rest of the children."

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Stephen McPartland MP met with Patricia McDonnell, a Marie Curie Rapid Response Healthcare Assistant, and Marie Curie Ambassador Stephen Mangan to celebrate the launch of the Great Daffodil Appeal.

Stephen McPartland MP said, “Every five minutes, someone in the UK dies without getting the care and support they need at the end of their life. The money raised from the Appeal will help Marie Curie be there for more people living with any terminal illness such as terminal cancer, dementia, heart failure, and motor neurone disease.

"I am proud to pledge my support to the Appeal and know that many local people in the Stevenage area help fund vital care and support for people living with a terminal illness, and their families."

Patricia McDonnell added, “Behind every daffodil, there’s a story. Whatever your story, donating and wearing a Marie Curie daffodil will help make sure we can be there for more people when they need us the most. Marie Curie services rely on the generosity of the public, so I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who gives a donation and wears a daffodil pin during March.”

The charity's free national Support Line now also offers clinical support, enabling anyone with a terminal illness to access a Marie Curie Nurse.  The Information and Support Nurses can answer any clinical questions or concerns people may have, from understanding a diagnosis to explaining treatments, or talking about painful and distressing symptoms.

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I backed the Prime Minister to deliver Brexit in the Meaningful Vote after the legally binding changes she secured.

I made clear my views on why I could not support the last deal the Prime Minister brought to Parliament here:

I was very clear that "I want a free trade deal with Europe, our largest trading partner, but I also want trade deals around the world. The scaremongering about “No Deal” and “crashing out” is irresponsible and damaging consumer confidence at a critical time, when we should be supporting manufacturers and retailers during the vital trading period. Millions of jobs depend on our High Streets and we cannot have first class public services without a strong economy to pay for them.

I do not support the Withdrawal Agreement in its current form. There is much to dislike, but I accept the need for compromise in any negotiation. However, I cannot compromise on an “indefinite backstop” that prevents us from ever leaving the European Union and delivering on the result of the referendum."

The Prime Minister listened to Parliament and went back to Europe to secure those legally binding changes to stop us from being trapped in the backstop indefinitely. She has secured legally binding changes, with comparable legal weight to the Withdrawal Agreement, to reduce the risk that the EU could deliberately keep the UK in the backstop indefinitely and to work to replace the backstop with alternative arrangements by December 2020. The Government has also made a Unilateral Declaration that if the backstop comes into use and discussions on our future relationship break down so that there is no prospect of subsequent agreement due to the EU breaching its obligations, it is the position of the United Kingdom that there would be nothing to prevent the UK instigating measures that could ultimately dis-apply the backstop.

There have also been additional commitments on workers’ rights and environmental protections. I believe this improved Brexit deal now delivers on what local people voted for:

  • We will take back control of our laws, ending the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in the UK.
  • We will take back control of our borders, ending free movement and delivering a skills-based immigration system.
  • We will take back control of our money, no longer sending vast sums of money to the EU and instead spending it on our priorities like investing in our long-term plan for the NHS.
  • We will take back control of our trade policy, enabling us to strike free trade deals with countries all over the world.

It is not a perfect deal and there are still a number of issues that I do not like, but any negotiation requires compromise. The Prime Minister listened to the concerns I raised on behalf of my constituents and acted upon them. I voted to support the Prime Minister and keep Great Britain in charge of Brexit instead of allowing the European Union to take control.

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