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Managing Director Phil Cooper invited local MP Stephen McPartland to visit Abbeysteel's processing facilities in Pin Green and to present an award to one of their customers, Silverline, for passing 10,000 tonnes of CO2 savings in the last two years.

Stephen said, "I am delighted to present this award, and proud of the innovation shown by this local firm in taking what others see as waste material and turning it into a component for products such as metal filing cabinets."

Stevenage firm Abbeysteel produces the world’s first green brand of sustainably sourced steel by reusing prime grade steel that is a waste by-product of other processes, for instance in the automotive industry. Chairman of Silverline, Stanley Ensinger, received the awad and the company has more information about it at http://www.slideshare.net/GeorgeGeorgiou3070.

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, welcomed the award of a £483 million contract to MBDA.

Stephen said “This is absolutely fabulous news; this once again shows how Stevenage is leading the way as a centre for high technology.  I am delighted that MBDA have managed to win this contract, as it has secured hundreds of local jobs and will create exciting opportunities in the future for our young people. I have been working closely with both government ministers and MBDA to drive forward Britain’s sovereign defence capability; we should not have to go aboard for defence technology that we can make at home.”

"The announcement the Queen will visit Stevenage is absolutely fantastic news and I look forward to welcoming her Majesty to our town.", said Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage.

Stephen added, "This is a very proud day for Stevenage and the surrounding areas that the Queen and Prince Phillip will join us to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee. I am delighted by this announcement which follows on from the Government’s massive £250million investment in our town and 2012 will be another great year for Stevenage.”

The new Da Vinci Studio School of science and engineering at North Hertfordshire College’s Stevenage campus has appointed Donna Lodge as Principal Designate.

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, said, “I look forward to working closely with Donna Lodge to deliver outstanding opportunities at the Da Vinci Studio School for local young people. North Hertfordshire College are to be congratulated for attracting such a top class candidate to help us take this project forward.”

The Da Vinci Studio School, sponsored by North Hertfordshire College, is one of 12 new studio schools announced by Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education.

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, said "It is good news that we are seeing less crime in our town and reassuring to all residents and our communities.  I know from the work I have done with the Police how hard our local officers work and the message to criminals is that they are not welcome in Stevenage."

Full details of local crime figures can be found at the Hertfordshire Police website.

Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland is supporting Big Energy Week, a campaign by the Citizens Advice Bureau to help people cut their energy bills.

Stephen said: “Fuel bills are a big worry for many local people at the moment. I am pleased to support Big Energy Week and hope the tips and practical advice being offered will make a big difference to local people by saving them money on their bills.”

During Big Energy Week, and afterwards, you can get practical advice on cutting your fuel bills and help to see if you are getting all of the financial support you are entitled to. Staff at the Citiizen Advice Bureau are available to help, and there is also a leaflet providing advice as well as a website – www.bigenergyweek.org.uk full of tips on how to cut your energy bills. The website also has details of local Big Energy Week events.

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, and Hertfordshire County Councillor Terry Douris were invited to celebrate the topping out ceremony for the new Marriotts Lonsdale School in Stevenage. They joined the head teachers and students from Marriotts and Lonsdale Schools and the Balfour Beatty team to mark the construction milestone.

Stephen said, "I am delighted the government is paying for this school to be rebuilt as part of our massive £250 million infrastructure investment in Stevenage schools, local hospital, housing and jobs. Bringing Marriots and Lonsdale together is an exciting project and I am proud we are delivering this new school for generations of Stevenage children. We will now be watching closely to assess improvements in exam results and pupil attainment."

Councillor Douris said: “Marriotts Lonsdale is a nationally leading edge co-location of a mainstream secondary school with a special school for children with physical and neurological impairments. It is right and proper that I should acknowledge and pay tribute to MP Stephen McPartland for his unfailing support without which the funding for this great development is unlikely to have been forthcoming. The school will bring wonderful educational benefits for all, both now and in the future, and a great new sporting facility for the whole community.”

The total cost of the project is over £80 million and is being developed in partnership with Balfour Beatty under a Private Finance Initiative (PFI). The school is scheduled for completion this summer with opening in the new school year.

Stephen McPartland, speaking in the House of Commons recently, said, "It is great news that the number of apprentices in Stevenage has risen by 73% over the last year, from 380 to 650. Those numbers are important, because they relate not just to training schemes but to apprenticeships that will lead to real jobs".

Stephen went on to praise the quality of apprenticeships in Stevenage and said "My constituency contains a couple of manufacturing firms: MBDA, which builds complex weapons systems, and Astrium, which builds 25% of the world’s telecommunications satellites. Their boards are run by people who were apprentices 20 or 25 years ago, and they offer massive apprenticeship opportunities. MBDA recently won an award for being one of the best apprenticeship organisations in the country. The companies take on students aged 16 or 18, give them real jobs, and support their development and acquisition of skills. They even pay for their degrees so that they can make progress".

Stephen also made the point that, "The quality of apprenticeships depends on the quality of the colleges that provide the training. North Hertfordshire college has an inspirational leader, Fintan Donohue, who has been working very hard. I am grateful to the Department for Education for providing it with a studio school last week, one of 12 in the United Kingdom, which will focus on science and technology. That brings me back to MBDA and Astrium, whose apprentices specialise in those subjects. The headquarters of the Institution of Engineering Technology are in Stevenage, and it is very involved in the provision of engineering qualifications. We need more young apprentices gaining skills that will make firms want to employ them in real jobs".

 

Stephen McPartland MP’s campaign for children with Asthma in schools to have access to an inhaler in emergency situations has gained widespread national and local support. Stephen highlighted the campaign at a visit to The Barclay School in Stevenage which coincided with the school’s Teenage Well-Being Week.

Stephen said, "The tragic case of Stockport schoolboy Samuel Linton, who died in 2007 following an asthma attack at school, shows that there is a real lack of understanding and awareness as to what to do if a child has an asthma attack whilst they are at school. This is why this campaign is so crucial, not only in terms of giving teachers access to an emergency inhaler but also empowering them with understanding, awareness and support in how to deal with asthma at school".

Under current legislation, bronchodilators (blue ‘reliever’ inhalers) are prescription-only medicines. This means the law prevents schools from having a spare inhaler kit available for emergencies, something Stephen is keen to change.  He gained support across all parties when he launched the campaign in Parliament last November. Stephen has now requested a meeting with Earl Howe, the NHS Quality Minister, to discuss the campaign and get rid of the red-tape that can prevent children from accessing inhalers in an emergency.

 

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