Stephen McPartland MP
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Stevenage Conservative Parliamentary Candidate Stephen McPartland brought Shadow Environment Secretary Nick Herbert to see the River Beane near the White Hall Pumping Station at Aston.  Stephen and Nick were accompanied by Oliver Heald, Conservative Candidate for North East Hertfordshire.  The three would-be MPs were met at the River Beane by rivers’ campaigners including Dave Stimpson, Chairman of the River Beane Restoration Association. 

Campaigners explained the problems of over-extraction and low water levels on the River, and Nick responded by explaining Conservative policy on chalk rivers and that there is to be a White Paper explaining how to create a better river and water network. 

Commenting, Nick Herbert said, “There is a really serious problem with the huge demand for water from the growing population, climate change and some of the rivers are on the edge.  I have come here to support local people who value the rivers and try and rebuild the capacity of this important ecological asset.”

Commenting, Stephen McPartland said, “I am delighted that Nick was able to come to the Stevenage Constituency and see for himself the state of the River Beane.  I am delighted that the Conservatives are producing a White Paper aimed at tackling these difficult problems.” 

Oliver Heald added, “My campaigning at Westminster for the Government to produce a plan to protect and improve these precious river habitats has been gaining support and I am glad that Nick is working hard on this.”

Kids Count Inspiration Awards recognise individuals and organisations responsible for inspiring young people in their communities, helping them to address issues that affect their lives through initiatives that make a positive difference, and in turn afford greater freedom for young people to determine their own futures.  People in Stevenage can do their bit by making nominations before the deadline of 24th March.

Stephen McPartland MP said, “I’m delighted to be supporting Kids Count to recognise people who are making a real difference to the lives of young people in our communities.  I hope people will ensure that the great work done across Stevenage is recognised by making sure they send in nominations for the awards.”

Linda Lawrence, Director of Kids Count said: “The conviction and confidence that is displayed by young people and those who work with them is often truly extraordinary, and frequently overlooked. Through these awards we aim to recognise the contributions made by people who are making a real difference to the lives of young people across the UK .”


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