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

Local MP Stephen McPartland was the first to welcome staff of the Hertfordshire Probation Trust with the move of its headquarters to Stevenage.

Stephen said, “I was delighted to welcome the Probation Trust to Stevenage after they relocated their headquarters to our town. We already have many of their staff doing a fantastic job and this move is another great investment in our community. “

Stephen added, “I was very impressed listening to some of our local probation officers explaining the vital work they undertake to keep our town safe and stop individuals reoffending."

Stephen McPartland, MP for Stevenage, took leading furniture industry representatives to 10 Downing Street to present a petition to the Prime Minister over their concerns about the impact of biomass subsidies on wood prices.

Stephen said, “Stevenage is home to FIRA, the Furniture Industry Research Association, as well as the Furniture Ombudsman, and the UK furniture industry supports well over 100,000 jobs.  It is a sector full of industrious small enterprises employing highly skilled staff.  Current woody biomass subsidies are a significant cause of rising wood prices which are damaging British furniture businesses.”

Local MP Stephen McPartland commented on the go ahead for Stevenage's Lister hospital new £19.3million emergency department, "This is fantastic news and I am delighted that workmen will be on the ground in a matter of weeks. We are running at full steam to deliver massive improvements to our local hospital, which will improve both the patient and staff experience of our local NHS. This is the first of another eleven projects the government is funding to transform our hospital into one of the most advanced and modern facilities in the UK."

Stephen continued, "We are lucky that the Lister is already a centre of clinical excellence and I am proud of the staff who improve and often save our lives on a day to day basis. This is a great day for Stevenage and we have many more to come as I have secured over £250million of government infrastructure investment in our local hospital, schools, housing and jobs."

The latest project forms part of the £75million Phase 4 redevelopment of the Lister hospital in Stevenage. The new emergency facility will have specialist emergency and urgent care services for both adults and children, improved radiology services including a new CT scanner and an orthopaedic and fracture clinic within the outpatients department with its own dedicated radiology support.

Local theatre group, Stevenage Lytton Players, are putting on a free production in support of the campaign for a satellite radiotherapy unit to be based at at the Lister hospital.

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, is leading the campaign for a satellite Radiotherapy Unit.  He said, "The campaign is going from strength to strength but we were keen to do something a little different to capture the attention of more local people. We are very lucky that Stevenage Lytton Players have such a great community spirit and offered to help us by putting on this production, which is completely free for local people."

Sharon Curtis, a member of Stevenage Lytton Players, had the idea and said "I did not realise how difficult or how far it was to go to Mount Vernon everyday for radiotherapy treatment until my mum was ill. I agree with Stephen that we have to bring cancer care closer to people's homes."

The concert will be held at the Stevenage Lytton Players Theatre. All tickets are free with 50 available for each show.  Local people can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for tickets on a first-come first-served basis.

Stephen McPartland added "I have watched Stevenage Lytton Players perform many times and I am so proud we have such talented local people involved in helping our community."

Stevenage Lytton Players will be performing at The Lytton Theatre on Vardon Road, with three performances:  22nd June 7:45pm, 23rd June 2pm matinee and 7:45pm.

Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland has welcomed a new campaign to reduce the overall burden of regulation on local businesses and help provide the right conditions for jobs and growth.

Stephen said, “Stevenage businesses are leading the economic recovery, but they need all the help the government can give them. I have campaigned hard in Parliament to ensure local businesses are freed up to help us achieve the jobs and growth we need for a sustainable economic recovery. Many local businesses have raised the need for a level playing field and are rightly concerned that regulators, just like football referees, do not enforce the rules consistently.This must change and I am delighted to welcome the new Focus on Enforcement campaign launched by the Minister of State for Business and Enterprise, Mark Prisk MP.  It is critical to have the right level of regulation to make sure our businesses are able to be competitive and for it to be applied consistently so that businesses are clear about what they need to do to comply."

Stephen added, "I am glad to see action is being taken and I will continue to fight for better deal for local businesses so they have the freedom to grow and employ more local people."

 

Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland joined local police in a major operation involving around 80 police officers to clamp down on illegal drug dealing.  A series of raids were carried out on targeted addresses in Stevenage following months of preparation and collection of intelligence by the police.

Stephen said, “These type of operations reassure the community that Stevenage is a safe place to live.  The police know where the criminals are and they know what they are doing. Operations like this show that they are coming for these criminals and will remove them from the local community so we are all safer.”

He added, “The police are working hard and fully understand the impact drug dealers have on the wider community. We are sending a clear and united message that dealing drugs in Stevenage is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.”

Local MP Stephen McPartland visited the pottery at Springfield House, the home of Stevenage Arts Society, and ably instructed by experienced potter Vivienne Western made a pottery bowl.  This will be fired, and at a later date he will return to decorate it before its final firing.

Stephen said, "I enjoyed the chance to learn a little pottery and get hands on by making my own bowl. It was very kind of Vivienne to give me such patient tuition and the work of the Stevenage Arts Society is greatly valued by our local community."

Whilst there, Stephen visited the exhibition of paintings on display at the Denington Galleries, all painted by members of the Arts Society. He takes a keen interest in local clubs and societies which provide art and leisure facilities in the area.

Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland recently launched the UK leg of the GALILEO Master competition in Parliament and once again declared Stevenage as the capital of the UK space industry.

Stephen launched the campaign as vice-chair of the Parliamentary Space Committee and was joined by Ed Vaisey MP, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries as well as leaders from industry and academia involved in the UK Space Industry.

Stephen said, “The UK space sector is growing at 10% a year, making it one of Britain's most successful high value and innovative sectors. Stevenage is leading the way in the UK space industry and is home of Astrium which recently won the £244 million contract from the European Space Agency for the next generation Solar Orbiter.  Stevenage has an array of other companies involved in this high technology such as Tessella, who second scientists all over the world.  I am proud to launch the UK leg of the satellite navigation competition as it will encourage innovation and create more jobs, many of which will be in Stevenage – the capital of the UK Space Industry.”

The GALILEO Master is the overall winner of the Europe-wide satellite navigation competition which is open to anyone with an idea that utilises satellite navigation, positioning or timing technology.  The aim of the competition is to encourage innovation and the application of new ideas.  Prizes include thousands of pounds of cash, business support and introductions to wider industry and funding opportunities.

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