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

Bradley Clarkson who was selected from thousands to appear in ITV’s talent contest, Grease is the Word, was joined by Stephen McPartland, MP for Stevenage, to launch Alzheimer’s Society’s flagship fundraising event, Memory Walk which will take place on Sunday 16th September at Fairlands Valley Park.

Stephen said, "I’m pleased to be able to join Bradley and the staff and volunteers at Alzheimer’s Society today to launch Memory Walk. Dementia touches so many of us, it’s important that we do what we can to raise awareness of the condition and join the fight against it."

Local people were excited at the chance to hold not just one but two Olympic torches at the Glebe neighbourhood shops in the Chells area of Stevenage.  Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage,joined the torch-holders, Misha Patel and Gary Bilbrough pictured here with him along with store owner Kishor Patel.

Stephen said, "I was proud that Stevenage was chosen as part of the route for the Olympic torch and many people went to see it go through. I would like to thank Misha and Gary for giving up their time to come to Stevenage and give local people the opportunity to see first-hand and have their picture taken holding the Olympic torch.  It is another demonstration of community spirit and I congratulate Kishor on his great idea and for organising it so well."

The Stevenage Lytton Players had an amazing public response to the free concerts they put on to raise awareness of the campaign for a satellite radiotherapy unit to be based at at the Lister hospital being spearheaded by Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage. The concerts were the idea of Stevenage Lytton Player member Sharon Curtis who had experienced firsthand the difficulty of travelling to Mount Vernon when her mother had to undergo radiotherapy treatment.

Stephen said, “Since I launched the campaign for a satellite radiotherapy unit to be based at the Lister hospital the response from the public has been amazing. When Stevenage Lytton Players stepped forward to help increase the awareness - I was delighted to accept their kind offer. The free concerts were a massive success and £560 was raised on a raffle which they kindly split between Macmillan and Marie Curie Cancer charities. We all enjoyed the shows and I would like to thank Sharon Curtis and the performers for the community spirit they displayed."

The service provided to patients and their families by the ClinicentaCarillion owned Surgicentre is just not good enough. The catalogue of complaints surrounding the Surgicentre continue to increase and my constituents continue to find it difficult to get appointments and then they are often cancelled at short notice. Even though ClinicentaCarillion are receiving less referrals than they expected, they are still only managing to treat about 50% within 18 weeks. Patients should be treated within the rights outlined in the NHS constitution and some of my constituents are being offered treatment in other units because their wait is so long.

It is public knowledge that I organised a meeting with other Members of Parliament and summoned ClinicentaCarillion to Parliament to explain themselves. The Care Quality Commission have also investigated their services and found they failed on four out of five of their standards. Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust have also intervened on several occasions and without their support it would have been even worse.

It is clear that the shared pathway process, which was implemented by the previous government, is deeply flawed and must be reformed. Under the previous government any willing company could provide services, but we have changed the law so only qualified companies can provide services. ClinicentaCarillion may have been willing, but they certainly are not qualified and this is why we are in this situation.

I also met with the Minister of State for Health and his civil servants to explain the situation. I made it clear that time has run out for ClinicentaCarillion and they should not be involved in managing the Surgicentre. They have failed and I will not accept or allow them to fail my constituents - their time has run out.

Pupils from Franklin House at Thomas Alleyne school in Stevenage organised a fun-day to raise money to fund the education of three “friends” at a school in West Africa, as part of the Send My Friend to School campaign for primary education for every child in the world. They also presented local Member of Parliament, Stephen McPartland, with a petition during his recent visit to the school.

Stephen said, "A good education is the only real route out of poverty for most people around the world, including at home here in the UK. I raised the importance of access to Education in my very first speech in Parliament and am proud of the pupils at Thomas Alleyne for making a real difference to the life chances of other children. I will give the petition to the Secretary of State for International Development and let the pupils have a copy of his response."

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, spoke at the opening of the Armed Forces Day event in the Stevenage Indoor Market on Saturday, and also met with many of the individuals representing different branches of the armed services.

Stephen said “I was proud to take part in the Armed Forces Day celebrations hosted in the Stevenage Indoor Market and was honoured to be given the opportunity to speak at the opening of the event by the Market traders. It was a fantastic day which celebrated the commitment from our community to the Armed Forces and I enjoyed meeting everyone, from cadets to a Dunkirk veteran who served on the beaches as a nurse.

Chatting to her, war widows and veterans made me proud that I voted with the government to introduce the Military Covenant into law, which means that as we ask our Armed Forces and their families to make the ultimate sacrifice, we will take care of them and their families when they come home."

Action taken by Stephen McPartland Member of Parliament for Stevenage has ensured that the canopy over the Well in the Shephall Green conservation area will be retained and repaired as soon as possible. Stephen was called in by shocked residents after Stevenage Borough Council threatened to remove the canopy and damage the character of the Green which is highly valued by local people.

Stephen said, "Many local people enjoy the open space and trees of Shephall Green, with the Well and its plaque and canopy adding to the character of the area. I am always ready to take action and am pleased we have forced a commitment from Stevenage Borough Council that it will  now retain the Well canopy and undertake the necessary repairs as soon as possible.  Shephall Green is a conservation area and part of the history of Stevenage and there is a strong local feeling that the character and appearance should be protected so that future generations may also enjoy the Green."

 

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, welcomed the latest freeze on Fuel Duty.

Stephen said, "The government has now frozen Fuel Duty for two years.  This is good news for families, businesses and other motorists coping with tight finances. I met with the Chancellor recently and explained how families needed help with the cost of living and urged him to postpone the fuel duty increase. I am delighted he listened and by taking action on fuel pump prices, freezing council tax and cutting income tax for millions of people, we are providing real help to local people with the cost of living.

Stephen added, "Combined with the massive £280 million government infrastructure investment I have secured for our hospital, schools, housing and jobs is providing a major boost for our local economy."

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, was able to try first-hand what is involved to maintain the grounds for schools in Stevenage and the surrounding villages.  Aston-based family firm Frank Cooper and Son are responsible for the grounds maintenance at many of the schools, including Ashtree Primary School where Stephen and some of the pupils were able to examine a range of machinery at close hand.

Stephen said, "It was a fantastic experience to be given the opportunity to try out the different equipment and meet the team. It is a great company which takes massive pride in their work and builds fantastic relationships with the local community."

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