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

Four local community groups have been shortlisted to receive a minimum of £300 each from Lloyds Banking Group's Community Fund and could receive £3,000 if they receive enough votes from local people.

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage said, "This is a great way to support our local community and the groups you can vote for are: Lister Macmillan Cancer Centre, Little Toads, Redeemed Christian Church of God (City of David) and Stevenage Basketball Club.

"Voting is easy and is open until 1st November. All you have to do is go to communityfund.lloydsbank.com/voting and enter your postcode or pop into your local branch."

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Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, was invited to see for himself the difference Launchpad - a local Church based youth group, is making to local children.

Stephen said, "It was great to watch the children having fun in a supervised environment. I saw for myself how much they love coming to the mid-week club and they all seemed very keen to get their hands on a Crew hoodie or T-shirt. The older youths lead many of the activities and can become team leaders which entities them to wear the Crew kit, while the children can wear 'Cadet' T-shirts and hoodies. Tracy Plumpton, who manages the scheme, and the volunteers who make this a reality are another great example of the wonderful community spirit we have here in Stevenage."

Launchpad was started 7 years ago in St Hugh and St John Church, Chells as a partnership with Bridge Builders to encourage children to attend a mid-week club. There are two main areas in the town where ‘Launchpad’ is working well, with a club at St Peters in Broadwater as well. Launchpad has also built amazing relationships with Camps Hill School, Lodge Farm School and Moss Bury School.  They go in and deliver 2 whole school assemblies twice every half term in each school, where they see about 1000 children all together at each assembly.

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Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, commented on the latest crime statistics just published, saying, "It is fantastic news that recorded crime in Hertfordshire has fallen by 23% since the 2010 General Election.

"I am proud of the work our local police do to protect the community and make our area safer every day. Hertfordshire is one of the safest places to live in the UK and Stevenage has one of the best detection rates for crime, which sends a strong message that criminal behaviour will not be tolerated locally.

"However, there are still some local people who will be affected by crime and if you are a victim or witness of a crime then the police are there to help so please do make contact with them and help keep Stevenage safe."

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Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, helped break the ground at a turf-cutting ceremony to mark the start of work on a new cancer centre at the Lister Hospital, Stevenage.

Stephen said, "I am delighted we are breaking ground and improving cancer care locally for patients and their families. The new facilities will really help improve the patient experience at what is one of the most difficult times of their life. The Lister Hospital is a centre of clinical excellence and I am delighted they are working with Macmillan to deliver excellent cancer care for local people."

The total cost for developing the Lister Macmillan Cancer Centre is £3 million. The East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust are contributing half the costs and Macmillan Cancer Support has launched a fundraising appeal for £1.5 million.

The Lister Macmillan Cancer Centre will double the Lister’s chemotherapy capacity, provide better conditions for patients and staff, create a dedicated information and support centre for patients and families, as well as developing two gardens for patients to relax in while undergoing treatment. The Centre will provide access to Macmillan's team of advisers, a greater number of consultation rooms to allow patients more privacy and more working areas for Lister nurses and other clinical staff to prepare drugs.

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Dementia Friends, sponsored by Alzheimer's Society, want people to understand what it might be like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action.  Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, who is a champion to help improve the lives of sufferers of this condition and their carers, has become a Dementia Friend.

Stephen said, "Dementia is a health issue that touches not only the patient but also affects the family, and many of us will be directly affected as one in three people over 65 develops dementia.

"I have become a Dementia Friend to help raise awareness of what everyday life is like for someone with dementia. we must do more to help make our area more dementia-friendly and improve the lives of those affected by dementia.  A little more understanding could make a huge difference and I am pledging to make sure dementia sufferers get the best possible care locally."

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Local resident, Adam Rowe has joined Barclays, Stevenage branch as an apprentice following a short period of unemployment after his studies at Nobel and Da Vinci Studio schools in Stevenage.

Barclays Stevenage had been searching for a new apprentice for some time and approached Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, to see if he knew of any young people seeking work. Stephen was able to help make an introduction through school contacts.

Stephen said, "It was a pleasure helping Adam into his role and I know Barclays are always looking for more young people to employ as they get promoted so quickly there are always vacancies to fill. I spend a lot of my time trying to help people into work and am delighted that over 95% of local people are now in employment. One of my main priorities is to reduce the gap between education and employment so there are more opportunities for young people locally."

Adam said, “I am honoured to have been offered this apprenticeship at Barclays. It is a brilliant starting point for my career. I would like to thank Stephen McPartland for the role he played in putting my name forward for the application process.”

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Partners Ayna Miah, Forhad Chowdhury and Tahir Ali, who all live in Stevenage, spotted a gap for a store aimed at providing basic and authentic ethnic foodstuffs for the growing diverse community in the town. Now their new shop,  Eastern Groceries and Halal Meat in Popple Way, is a reality, and they asked MP Stephen McPartland to officially open it.

Stephen said, "I am always proud to welcome new businesses to the town and I was particularly pleased that all those involved in this new project live and work in the area. There is a massive variety of products on offer and I wish them the best of luck as they begin serving the local community."

Ayna commented about the new business, "Stevenage has been growing into a diverse and rich community for many years now. With it, we have observed a growing need. We feel by opening this store it will ease the burden on some families travelling 12 miles to Luton or 30 miles to London for the basic Saturday food shop, but also allow the wider community to try something different and have a taste of something more ethnic and more authentic.

"We would like to thank our local MP, Stephen McPartland, for visiting our shop and hope others venture to the store try something new and exciting."

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The Garden House Hospice Business Forum was pleased to welcome Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, to an event hosted by FIRA at their facilities in Stevenage.

Stephen introduced the event, held in recognition of the important contribution companies make to the work of the Hospice charity, and which also gave those present an opportunity to network.

The support of local business is vital to the future care provided at the Hospice and, by understanding the different things different companies are looking for, working together and with the local community creates a partnership that is good for all.

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Stephen McPartland MP, chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Furniture Industry Group, presented the Young Furniture Maker of the Year award at The Furniture Makers Company's Student Presentations evening to celebrate the UK’s young design talent.

Stephen says, “It is a real pleasure to meet the designers of the future, and I have been particularly impressed by the range of skills on show. The company is doing a huge amount of work with young people, as we have seen through these projects, and I am very happy to support the Furniture Makers Company and its Young Furniture Makers programme. Seeing young furniture designers having 100% success in getting jobs is very encouraging for the industry.”

As the furniture industry’s central organisation, charity and patron, The Furniture Makers Company works with the industry to support industry schemes, projects and competitions that encourage students to excel.

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