Stephen McPartland
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Local young people were able to learn more about a variety of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers at the Generation Stevenage event launched by Member of Parliament Stephen McPartland and the Mayor and Youth Mayor.

Stephen McPartland MP said, "Stevenage is a major centre of excellence in science, engineering and technology with several global firms based in the town. I am delighted to be part of this event to help to develop the next generation of STEM skills and show young people what local career opportunities are available."

The careers event was supported by SETPOINT Hertfordshire, an education charity which aims to inspire young people about STEM. It was designed to show the range of STEM opportunities that are on offer to young people in the local area and brought together some of the largest employers including Airbus, Catapult, GSK and MBDA.

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Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, attended the unveiling of a poppy display created by Reception children at Giles Nursery and Infants School as a Remembrance Memorial. There was a short ceremony with a one minute silence to remember the fallen.

Stephen McPartland MP said, "I have been to many remembrance events over the past week and this is the one I have been looking forward to the most. I love that the children have put so much effort into their work." Head teacher, Rouane Mendel, added, "It’s a very special commemoration, and the fantastic work the children have done is absolutely fabulous."

Stephen McPartland also presented badges to members of the new School Council at a special assembly which the whole school attended, and parents of the new council members were also invited along. Stephen said, "It is always a pleasure to meet each member of the School Council and present them with their School Council badges. It is really nice that so many parents turned up to support the children. I enjoy working with the children and being a member of their Eco-committee."

All the children are asked whether they are interested in being part of the school council, and two are chosen from each class, with those in Year 2 being elected by their peers. The councillors work with Mrs McPartland, who leads the School Council as head of Year 2, on different areas to help improve the school.

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“Speak up and speak out” was the message coming from Stephen McPartland MP as he opened the school parliament at The John Henry Newman School for this academic year.

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, said, “It was a privilege to be invited to open John Henry Newman’s school parliament. The staff and pupils are placing a huge amount of energy into the project, which was reflected in the range of questions. An amazing collaboration that is helping transform how the school operates on a day to day basis.”

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, addressed 140 school MPs ahead of their first session to start the term's work. He spoke about his commitment to representing the people of Stevenage at Westminster, while meeting people and being able to make a difference to their life chances are some of the best things he can do as a Member of Parliament.

For the JHN School's new MPs, big commitment is the reality of the life: if they want to make a difference for the pupils and students they represent they have to be prepared to get involved and pour everything into the job.

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Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, was invited back to speak at the Stevenage-based ILD support group which he helped launch last year. The group for those affected by pulmonary fibrosis and other interstitial lung diseases (ILD) provides access to relevant information and is an opportunity for people to meet like-minded people with similar diagnoses.

Stephen McPartland MP said, "It was great to be invited to speak at the ILD support group and see how far it has come since the launch last year. I look forward to continuing to work with the members and deliver positive changes for those with advanced respiratory diseases locally."

The ILD support group covers the East & North Herts area, and with meetings around every two months. It is coordinated by the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Team from Herts Community NHS Trust, with involvement from the charities Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis and the British Lung Foundation. To find out more or sign up to the support group please call the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Team on 01462 478783 or through the APF website: https://www.actionpulmonaryfibrosis.org/find-a-support-group/hertfordshire-ild-support-group/.

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