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Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage was quick to congratulate Stevenage based Astrium on being awarded the contract by the European Space Agency to build the next generation of the Solar Orbiter.

Stephen, who is Vice-Chairman of the Parliamentary Space Committee, said "I am delighted that Astrium have secured this massive new contract, which really does put Stevenage at the heart of the Space manufacturing industry in the UK. I am proud Stevenage is leading the way during these difficult economic times and this helps build on the massive £250million infrastructure investment I have secured from the government in our local hospital, schools, housing and jobs."

The solar orbitor will investigate how the Sun creates and controls the heliosphere, the extended atmosphere of the Sun, and is due to be launched in 2017.

Stephen McPartland, MP for Stevenage, has called on all PCTs to immediately fund the recommended treatment options for Alzheimer’s disease patients amid growing evidence that a ‘postcode lottery’ for patients still exists and some are being denied treatment.

Stephen said, “It is crucial that local health trusts fulfil their obligations and make available the NICE recommended treatment options for Alzheimer’s disease. It is unacceptable that patients are still facing a ‘postcode lottery’ around treatment for this devastating disease.”

Stephen added, “It is 12 months since the recommendations on Alzheimer’s disease were published and 9 months since PCTs had an obligation to make these treatment options available. It is simply outrageous and unacceptable that, a year down the line, NHS patients are still being denied the necessary treatments.”

Stephen has raised the issue on behalf of patients who are still unable to receive the drugs that the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommended in March 2011. He has repeatedly raised the issue of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease treatments in the House of Commons championing the roll out of the NICE recommendations for Alzheimer’s disease, which extended treatment options for clinicians by recommending drug treatment options at the mild, moderate and severe stages of the disease. This outcome was widely praised by clinicians and patients throughout the UK.

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, has been successful with Hertfordshire Highways, after being asked by local residents to take action about the poor condition of the surface of the road in Kessingland Avenue in the Fishers Green area of Stevenage.

Stephen said, "When I visited it was clear that the surface of the road is breaking down, with many pot holes, especially in the first 400 metres from the main road.  I immediately took up the state of this road with Hertfordshire Highways to try and identify a lasting solution and I am pleased to report that we have one. County Councillor Jamie Fraser is using his locality budget to fund the resurfacing of Kessingland Avenue and work is due to start in July, which is a great result for local residents."

Joe Beaumont, who lives in Stevenage and asked Stephen to visit the road as part of a radio phone-in, said, "Not only is it a huge danger to cars, it's also a disgrace that it's been allowed to get this bad. I'm right behind Stephen McPartland in chasing up the people responsible!"

County Councillor Jamie Fraser added "It is important to me that local people have their voice heard and we tackle the issues that matter to them. I know the state of Stevenage's roads are not good enough and as the local Councillor I have been working hard to have them improved."

Stevenage-based The Furniture Ombudsman (TFO) is proud to have received the support of its local Member of Parliament, Stephen McPartland, MP for Stevenage, in its bid to establish a Consumer Code under the Office of Fair Trading (OFT)’s Consumer Code Approval Scheme (CCAS).

Stephen, who is also the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Furniture Group, said, “The Furniture Ombudsman does a great job to inspire consumer confidence in the furniture industry. Additional recognition from the Office of Fair Trading through their CCAS would allow them to continue with the good work that they are already doing, which is clearly adding a layer of protection for consumers in an industry which is ripe for self-regulation.”

 

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, commented today on the report from the Care Quality Commission on the Surgicentre at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage. These are the results of our most recent checks showing whether this care service is meeting each of the standards that the government says you have the right to expect.

Stephen said, “Sadly, I am not surprised by the findings of the Care Quality Commission into the ClinicentreCarillion owned Surgicentre. It is public knowledge that I organised a meeting of Members of Parliament and summoned ClinicentreCarillion to Parliament to explain the variety of difficulties our constituents are encountering in accessing their services. It has become clear that the shared pathway process, which was implemented by the previous Government, is deeply flawed and in urgent need of reform. I welcome the Care Quality Commision’s findings and will continue to work with them and the local Primary Care Trust to hold ClinicentreCarillion to account and reform this service”.

 

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, was asked by local residents to come and see the poor condition of the surface of the road in Kessingland Avenue in the Fishers Green area of Stevenage.

Stephen said, "When I visited it was clear that the surface of the road is breaking down, with many pot holes, especially in the first 400 metres from the main road.  I have immediately taken up the state of this road with Hertfordshire Highways to try and identify a lasting solution."

Joe Beaumont, who lives in Stevenage, said, "Not only is it a huge danger to cars, it's also a disgrace that it's been allowed to get this bad. I'm right behind Stephen McPartland in chasing up the people responsible!"

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, met with the Chief Fire Officer for Hertfordshire, Roy Wilsher, and members of Aston Parish Council to reassure residents about the measures in place for tackling fires in the village.  Commenting on the fire that destroyed much of two thatch cottages in Long Lane, the Chief Fire Officer noted that the impact of the fire was due to the wood and thatch nature of the buildings and that in more modern and conventional buildings three fire engines would have sufficient water to contain a fire.

Stephen said, “I have been raising the issue of fire safety in rural villages with Ministers and I was certainly reassured by this meeting. The professionalism of our firefighters in Hertfordshire is of the very highest standard and it is clear there priority is to keep us safe and I will make sure they have the resources they need to keep us safe.

"We all took on board the Chief Fire Officer’s comments and I would like to congratulate Aston Parish Council for agreeing to launch a fire safety campaign with the involvement and support of the fire service, and I hope to be at a number of events to raise awareness. Fire safety is important – it saves lives, with just a few easy actions: getting a smoke detector, shutting doors and having an escape plan."

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, was invited by local firm JCA to open their new head office in Stevenage at a launch event attended by suppliers and other businesses from the area.

Stephen said “It was a privilege to be given the opportunity to open the new offices of JCA and formally welcome them to Stevenage. JCA are a great company that has expanded a lot over the last few years and I have enjoyed working closely with them as they have moved into our town and look forward to celebrating their continued success.

Stevenage is leading the way in helping our economy recover and I will continue to focus on delivering real jobs and growth locally, which build on the massive £250 million infrastructure investment in our local hospital, schools, jobs and housing that I have secured from the government."

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, spoke at the official opening of the new Cardiology Centre, joining local TV personality Pam Rhodes as well as the Trust’s chief executive Nick Carver and many of the staff of the unit at the Lister hospital in Stevenage.

Stephen said "I was proud to be asked to speak to staff at opening of the new Cardiology Centre and I thanked them on behalf of the local community for their life saving work. The staff had already treated two heart attack patients who had been rushed in during the morning and this new unit is a wonderful addition to the £250 million of infrastructure investment I have secured from the government for our local hospital, schools, jobs and housing.”

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