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Pearldrop’s new studio and editing suite was officially opened by Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland.

Stephen commented, “I think Pearldrop’s a fantastic company. It’s a real success story for Stevenage. Opening the studio today was a great pleasure for me, and I’m really proud of them.”

In his speech Stephen praised Pearldrop’s efforts as a small business in Stevenage and went on to support small businesses employing local people as well as highlighting the contribution from industry in Stevenage more generally. The launch event was attended by more than fifty prominent local business people, organisations and charities.


Stevenage-based organisation, the Furniture Industry Research Association, (FIRA) have secured a contract to supply furniture testing equipment to the Philippines.

Stephen McPartland MP for Stevenage commented, “I am delighted that FIRA has secured another international contract which highlights their position as world leaders in this equipment and Stevenage as a centre of high technology.”

This export is the third consignment in three years that FIRA has supplied to the Philippines, as FPRDI increases capability and capacity in its furniture testing laboratories. The equipment has been requested by the Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI), a research and development agency under the Department of Science and Technology.


Stevenage MP, Stephen McPartland, visited the Stevenage Amateur Boxing Club in Nokeside and went into the ring with officials and club members to get a closer view of the new tracksuits.

Stephen said “I enjoyed the experience of putting on the gloves and getting in the ring with so many talented boxers.”

Stephen added, “The tracksuits look great and really complement the professional and disciplined training that is central to this sport. I congratulate Stevenage Neighbourhood Watch Forum for this wonderful gift, which helps make such a difference to the local community”.

Stephen McPartland , MP for Stevenage, said “Stevenage DogWatch is one of many examples of community activities that help involve local people and the Police work together to keep our town safe and I am glad to help support the group."

Stephen was speaking when he joined the recent Stevenage DogWatch Fun Day, where he was judging some of the entrants to the dog show, and is pictured here along with the Stevenage DogWatch coordinator, Sarah Sheldrick.

Stevenage town is benefiting from a £1.1 million spend on new buses, adding to the substantial investment of over £250 million from the government on local health, education and other services.

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, said, "I was delighted to launch six of the brand new buses Arriva have purchased for use in Stevenage. This is fantastic news for passengers and another great investment in our town, which has almost 26,000 passenger journeys a day".

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, commented on the proposed boundary changes, “ I am really pleased with the proposed boundary changes and delighted that I keep my existing constituency of Stevenage, Knebworth, Codicote, Datchworth and Aston. I believe including the Great Ashby Area, Graveley, Little Wymondley and Great Wymondley makes sense and of course I look forward to welcoming back Walkern, Benington and Ardeley. Everyone in these areas will work and use many of the services in the town of Stevenage such as our schools, hospital and shops, which are benefitting from the massive £250million investment programme that I have secured from the Government. I know many of the experts are predicting this will mean a much bigger majority for the Conservatives in Stevenage at the next election, but I am staying focused on delivering real results for my constituents.”

Stephen McPartland Member of Parliament visited the Stevenage Citizens Advice Bureau office to support the CAB's campaign against fraudsters acting in the local area.


The CAB is urging people to take part in a quick, simple, anonymous survey to find out what scammers are up to locally. The survey lists common scams such as bogus job ads, phantom flats, fake lottery wins, cold callers asking for up-front fees, services that fail to materialise, unsuitable loans, debt management and claims management. To take part in the survey, go to or visit your local CAB office at Swingate House on Danestrete, Stevenage.


Stephen McPartland MP joined at The Glebe, Chells as employees of the Nisa Local presented a cheque for £500 to The Living Room.

The money was raised for the drug addiction and therapy support group. It will be used towards transport costs of trips out for children of those assisted by the charity.

The cheque was received by Janis Feely, MBE, founder and project director of The Living Room.


Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland was brought in by Michael Hearn, local councillor for Martins Wood, to help with a long-standing problem in Foxfield with the one-way restrictions being ignored by many drivers.  Stephen said, "I have raised the situation with Hertfordshire highways and they have agreed to place some straight ahead road marking arrows on the road to remind people it is a one way street. I will also ask them if they can look at some additional measures I discussed with the residents."

Foxfield residents met with Stephen and Michael to raise their concerns, commenting, "As well as cars, you often see delivery vans going the wrong way and even vehicles used by various local public services.  Foxfield has been one-way for 20 years, but people are ignoring the signs more and more.  It is an accident waiting to happen."

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