Stephen McPartland MP
Working hard for you
in Stevenage, Knebworth, Codicote, Datchworth and Aston

I rebelled against the Government and voted to reduce the money we send to the European Union. I could not stand by and allow more money to be sent to Europe while we are having to make difficult decisions in the UK to clear up the financial mess left behind by the Labour Government.

It is important to me that I always make decisions for what I believe are the right reasons and I will continue to stand up for local people.

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage

Stevenage MP, Stephen McPartland, join a group of over 50 local people to walk along a section of the dried river bed of the River Beane close to Aston in support of the current campaign to restore water flow, and with it local wildlife, by reducing the amount of abstraction.

Stephen said, "It is clear from our walk on Friday that local people care deeply about the River Beane and want to see it restored. The river plays an important part in many of our lives and is highly valued by the local community. It is one of only 200 chalk rivers left in the world and it should be recognised for its global significance. I am delighted to be working in partnership with the campaign to reduce abstraction and restore water to the river."

 

Stephen McPartland, MP for Stevenage, is backing the fight against breast cancer by taking part in the wear it pink Breast Cancer Campaign.

Stephen said, “I am happy to support wear it pink and help raise awareness of the Breast Cancer Campaign. It is important to continue supporting research so that one day we may find a cure.”

Now in its 10th year, this year's wear it pink day is on Friday 26 October. Breast Cancer Campaign is asking everyone to pull on something pink and donate £2.00, to help the charity achieve its target of raising £2 million, so they can continue to fund ground-breaking research and improve survival rates for those 48,000 women and 340 men who are diagnosed with breast cancer every year.

The Rt Hon Sir George Young Bt CH MP was the guest speaker at Stevenage Conservatives Annual Dinner when he took the call from the Prime Minister asking him to become the new Chief Whip.

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage said, "The atmosphere was electric and everyone knew something was happening. There was a huge round of applause when the new post was announced.  Everyone was very pleased Sir George had accepted our invitation to speak when Leader of the House of Commons, then arrived at our event as a backbencher after the reshuffle and was leaving as Chief Whip."

Stephen added, "Sir George is a real gentleman and insisted on giving his speech to our guests before he returned to London to take up position as Chief Whip. I am sure we will have a queue of people wanting to speak next year as they hope a little of our Stevenage luck rubs off on them."

Stephen, in his role as chair of the All Party Parliamentary Furniture Industry Group, led a delegation of representatives of the British Furniture Confederation to present a letter and petition of more than 1,600 signatures for the attention of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne to 11 Downing Street.

Stephen explained: “Stevenage is the home of the Furniture Industry Research Association and Furniture Ombudsman and many people do not realise the Furniture industry supports well over 100,000 jobs and 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."

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, is delighted with the Prime Minister's announcement about improving traffic flow on our section of the A1(M).

Stephen said, "This is absolutely fantastic news and I am delighted with the Prime Minister’s announcement that the Government is going to implement hard shoulder running to improve traffic flow on our section of the A1(M). I knew we were close to getting the deal and it has been so hard keeping the news quiet, but we had to make sure there would be no last minute hiccups. I know how tense the final days of any major infrastructure project are, as I have already secured over £280 million of infrastructure investment from the government for our local schools, hospital, housing and jobs.

"I am very proud we have managed to make this a reality as I know this has been a major issue for the last twenty years and we now have a start date of 2014. There really is a light at the end of the tunnel now for all of us who have sat in traffic jams over the years, however this is just the start. This project will reduce the delays experienced on the northbound A1(M) between Junction 6 and 7. The scheme will convert the existing hard shoulder at and north of the slip road at Junction 6 into a running lane to just north of Pottersheath overbridge. This will also include the installation of one gantry spanning both carriageways, two variable message signs, in-road loops CCTV and speed enforcement cameras.

"If local people judge the scheme to be a success then we will have the momentum and evidence we need to successfully campaign for hard shoulder running to be extended further northbound and southbound. We finally have the start we needed and I am proud to have helped make this a reality."

 

Stephen said, "I'm shocked ClinicentaCarrillion are trying to claim everything is ok at the Surgicentre when it clearly is not. The staff are doing a great job, but they are being failed by the way in which the contract is being managed. The Primary Care Trust have made it clear they do not want doctors to refer new patients to the Opthamology Service and the Care Quality Commission has serious concerns about the facility.

"I have met with the Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission this week to discuss my concerns regarding the management of the ClinicentaCarrillion-owned Surgicentre.

"I explained they have lost the faith of the local medical professionals and the local community. They are not up to the job and the quality of care available to my constituents is just not good enough. I asked the Care Quality Commission to take action and seriously consider removing their licence to provide healthcare in the UK."

Stevenage MP, Stephen McPartland, re-opened the Stevenage Judo Club at its new venue at Marriotts School last week.

Stephen said, "I was honoured to be asked to formally mark the relocation of this outstanding club to its new home at Marriotts school. It was a fantastic event with almost 100 people present of all ages, with a good number joining the club on the evening.I had great fun taking part in a few demonstrations and really enjoyed having a go. Anyone who is interested in Judo as a sport or means of keeping fit should get in touch with the club, which has a great family atmosphere."The club holds regular sessions every Monday and Friday evening between 6.30pm and 8pm at Marriotts and welcomes all to join, of whatever standard or age, adult and children.

 

Stephen McPartland, MP for Stevenage, joined an afternoon packed full of activities held at the Bedwell Crescent home of Roz and Graham Whitfield which raised over £500 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.  Activities included quizzes, craft stall and a piper, as well as tombola and homemade refreshments.

Stephen said, "It was very kind of Roz and Graham to open their home for such a good cause. I very much enjoyed meeting many of the local people who dropped in and donated so generously, which is a great example of the wonderful community spirit we have here in Stevenage."

Roz said, "We have raised more than £500, our best yet!  Many, many thanks to Stephen for coming to our MS fund raising afternoon, a lot of people were thrilled to meet him and we have already pencilled you in for next year."

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