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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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Local MP Stephen McPartland welcomed progress on a development of more than 200 affordable homes at Forster Oaks off Wedgwood Way, Stevenage as he visited the site as part of a 'topping out' ceremony.

Stephen McPartland MP said, “It is great to see work progressing on schedule and to a high standard at Forster Oaks. The development will provide hundreds of new affordable homes for Stevenage, which is excellent news for local people.”

The new homes are made possible to deliver as affordable through funding of approximately £6 million provided by Homes England, a government agency. The 268-home development will include 40 properties for affordable rent and 208 for shared ownership – a part-buy, part-rent scheme designed to help buyers on low to moderate incomes get on the property ladder. Housing association, Metropolitan Thames Valley is delivering the new homes along with developer Chase New Homes.

Geeta Nanda, Chief Executive of Metropolitan Thames Valley, said, “We are proud to be delivering hundreds of quality new affordable homes here in Stevenage, helping local families get on the property ladder.”

Tony Carey, Chief Executive of Chase New Homes, said, “It is a pleasure to welcome Stephen McPartland to the site and showcase the quality of the Forster Oaks development.”

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