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

Stevenage has the highest rate of Dementia diagnosis in Hertfordshire, as this condition is affecting more and more local families. Help is at hand as people living with Dementia and their carers in Stevenage can now benefit from the appointment of Tia Davolls, an Admiral Nurse, to help provide families with the emotional and practical support they need.

Stephen McPartland, Member for Parliament for Stevenage, introduced Tia and gave his backing to the local pilot scheme when they visited Al's Café which provides a carer-friendly community.

Stephen commented, "I believe that it is very important to help people living with Dementia and their carers achieve improved quality of life through help such as that offered by Tia in her new role as a local Admiral Nurse. The benefits are clear to see and really add value as well as preventing isolation, socialising and sharing experiences when getting together. This is a pilot scheme and Tia needs 80 families in Stevenage to sign up to her free service for it to be judged a success and have the potential to continue for years to come."

Tia said, “I feel very proud to be part of the Admiral Nurse team, working with a group of carers whose own needs are not always recognised. Carers are essential in the care of their loved ones, but there can be significant consequences to their own health from the physical and emotional stress of caring. I have always had a great admiration for carers so I’m passionate about helping them have a voice, so that both they and the people they are caring for get the right support at the earliest opportunity.”

Working for Carers in Hertfordshire, Tia is a registered mental health nurse specialising in dementia. Her work aims to improve the health and wellbeing of carers and enable families to understand the impact of dementia, manage everyday life in the best way possible, be supported with decisions as the condition progresses and plan for the future in a positive way. The Admiral Nurse post has been funded by People’s Health Trust, using money raised by HealthCourage through The Health Lottery.

If you would like some personal advice from Tia, please contact her on 01992 58 69 69, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Al's Café, at the Glaxo Day Hospital within the Lister Hospital, offers carers an opportunity to socialise every Monday evening as well as sharing experiences and information.

Stephen McPartland, MP for Stevenage, is supporting the Magic of Play Appeal project to build a new playroom for children to use while they are undergoing treatment at the Lister Hospital.  The appeal is led by the East and North Herts Hospitals Charity and will replace the existing portakabin.

Stephen said, “I am always impressed by the dedication of staff at the Lister hospital who work with children during difficult illnesses. The staff work hard to make the children as happy as possible and try to give them some control over their illness. This is a fantastic project that will really help local children during their time in hospital."

The Magic of Play Appeal was launched by the celebrity patron for the charity, Esther Rantzen, with a target of £250,000 to fund the new facility, which will include a dedicated room for those who are unable to mix due to their illness.

Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland declared the new Companion Care Vets surgery officially open, helped by owner of the surgery, Andrea Titiliuc and staff at Pets at Home.

Stephen  said, "It is always exciting to welcome new companies to our town, which will employ local people and provide a valuable service to our community. The facilities are absolutely fantastic and our local pets really will have access to some of the most advanced technology available combined with an incredibly caring and enthusiastic staff."

The opening of the surgery comes with a £200,000 investment and up to seven jobs will be created locally.

The Companion Care Vets surgery is located within the Pets at Home store in Stevenage and is equipped with modern facilities including digital x-ray facilities, an in-house laboratory and isolation unit.

Stephen McPartland MP is urging local schools to apply for Pupil Premium Awards of up to £10,000.  These awards are available for schools that have done the most to boost the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils.

Stephen said, "Every young person deserves the chance to benefit from a good education and it is especially important that poorer pupils have access to transforming educational opportunities. The Pupil Premium Awards provide direct recognition to schools that are doing the best for disadvantaged pupils and I am sure that our local schools are amongst the best."

The 2013 Pupil Premium Awards will celebrate the successes of schools throughout England that can demonstrate objectively how they have used the Pupil Premium to achieve a measurable advance in the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils (defined as those entitled to free school meals, or pupils who have been in public care for six months or more).

The best schools in every English region will gain recognition, and regional winners will be invited to a reception in London, where the overall prizes will be announced. Judging will be by an independent panel of education experts.

Closing date for entries is 17 April, and the final will be held on 26 June.

The 2013 Pupil Premium Awards are being delivered in partnership with TES: further details and applications are available on the Pupil Premium Awards website.

Around 35,693 people in Stevenage are benefitting from the biggest income tax cut in a generation this month, while an estimated 3,159 local people will have been lifted out of income tax altogether.

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage said, "This is fantastic news for local people as we try to keep down the cost of living. Local people are now paying £600 less in Income Tax than under the previous government as we reward those who want to get on in life by letting people keep more of the money they have worked hard to earn."

On 6th April 2013, Conservatives in Government are increasing the amount of money people can earn before paying any income tax to £9,440. 24 million people across Britain will pay up to £600 less income tax this year than in 2010. Together with our previous tax cuts, we will have taken 2.2 million of the lowest paid workers out of income tax altogether.

Stephen McPartland, MP for Stevenage, joined students at the Da Vinci Studio School of Science and Engineering to see the top coat of the foundations being laid for the new building that will provide space for over 200 students together with more than 20 staff.

Stephen said, "Today is an incredible day as the school build comes together whilst offering pupils at the Da Vinci Studio School an opportunity to develop an interest in how their new school is assembled."

The new building will be a three-storey extension to the existing building at North Hertfordshire College and will be linked to the old building by glazed walkways, providing over 1,100 square metres of learning space.

Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland is supporting Cancer Research UK and the new Cell SliderTM website, which could help bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

Stephen said, "At the moment the process of identifying certain molecules in cancer cells, which help scientists understand why people respond differently to cancer treatment, is very slow. I want to encourage everyone to take up the challenge to be a 'citizen scientist' and help analyse samples faster and more effectively. This will help free up the experts to carry out other cancer research, log on now to www.cellslider.net and help research beat cancer."

Cancer Research UK's Executive Director of Policy and Information, Sarah Woolnough, said: "Every step we make towards beating cancer relies on the support of the public, so we hope would-be 'citizen scientists' will really get behind this campaign. We're so pleased to have the support of Stephen with raising awareness, as there's still so much more we need to do to ensure no-one's life is cut short by cancer. But by boosting our ability to analyse data quickly with the help of 'citizen scientists', our world-class research teams will be able to develop better ways to prevent, control and cure the disease and help save many more lives."

Cell SliderTM comes as predictions show that the number of people with cancer in the UK is set to rise steeply by 2030. Every hour, more than three people in the East of England are diagnosed with cancer. More than half a million images have already been analysed.

Local MP Stephen McPartland dropped in to support The Christie Charity Day activities at Barclays Bank in Stevenage town centre.

All proceeds raised are in aid of the charity and some of the team at Barclays are planning to climb Kilimanjaro later this year to raise more funds.

Dr Rachel Turner was raped in Barbados in late 2010, only weeks after moving to the island to take up a research post at the University of the West Indies. Rachel's parents are my constituents and met with me to share their concerns that Rachel's rapist had not been caught.  Both they and Rachel believe the Police in Barbados have swept the issue under the carpet and are understandably angry. The Police did arrest a local man who spent 18 months in jail and was acquitted after Rachel and another British national both stated he was not their attacker. However, they had told the Police in Barbados this from the beginning but they did not listen and now refuse to reopen the case to find the real rapist.

Stephen McPartland, MP for Stevenage, said "I am very concerned the disgusting criminal that raped Rachel has not been caught and the Police in Barbados do not seem to be trying to find such a dangerous person. It is absolutely unbelievable that they convicted someone when Rachel clearly explained that it was not the person who raped her - surely that would give cause for reasonable doubt. The person convicted and set free due to Rachel's brave decision to come forward has had a miscarriage of justice, but Rachel has had no justice. I am disgusted by the refusal of the authorities in Barbados to reopen the case and find the rapist. The Foreign Office should update their travel advice and make it clear that Barbados is not a safe place to travel and warn British tourists to stay away. Maybe, then the authorities in Barbados will make the Police reopen the case and find this rapist."

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