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

Stephen McPartland MP for Stevenage fielded a wide range of questions from the 1st Great Ashby Brownies when he joined them as part of the work for their Speakers Badge, finishing up with a request for advice on how to make speeches to people.

Stephen said, "I was very impressed by the range of questions from the Brownies and interest they showed in the work I do to help people in Stevenage. They were also very committed to helping people in our community too. I gave them some tips on speaking in public and hope they all get their speaking badges this week."

In preparation for the Q&A session the Brownies read up on what is involved with being an MP.  The Speakers Badge involves learning how to talk to people and listen, and also giving a short talk on a topic of their choice.

Stephen McPartland, MP for Stevenage, attended a practice session played by Year 8 students – most of them brand new to rugby this season - at Barnwell School in Stevenage, which is one of 100 establishments around England participating in the RFU’s flagship All Schools programme which is aiming to get one million school students actively involved in sport.

Taking the opportunity of a fine winter’s day to run, catch and pass with a rugby ball himself, the Stevenage MP found out first-hand the positive effect rugby is having on students at Barnwell, in an area traditionally associated with playing and watching football.

Stephen commented, “Rugby is well known for its values of respect and teamwork, and talking to the staff at Barnwell they have noticed the change in behaviour in students taking the game up. My primary focus in Parliament is education and giving kids a chance in life. Rugby is great for teamwork and fun and that also makes it a great preparation for the workplace. This RFU programme is giving more youngsters in state secondary schools the opportunity to try rugby, to see if it’s the sport for them."

Barnwell School will receive resource and funding over three years, including kit and equipment, as well as hands-on coaching support. All Schools has been launched by the RFU to create a step-change in the number of secondary schools playing rugby union. It forms one of the RFU’s seven legacy strands of theWorld Cup 2015 to deliver the greatest participation legacy for the game.

To celebrate the launch of the refurbished, new style open-plan branch Stephen McPartland, MP cut the ribbon at High Street Stevenage Post Office.

Stephen said, “I understand this has been upgraded as part of a three-year investment programme - the largest in the history of the Post Office. I am delighted to be opening this new modern open-plan office. This will really benefit local residents as the new-style office is more bright and spacious."

Waitrose Duty Manager, Matt Skirving, said, “The refurbishment has gone extremely well. It has definitely been well received by our customers. It looks really modern. The open plan counters are very popular as staff and customers no longer have to talk through glass and people can talk face-to-face. The staff are very positive about the change. They see it as a real move forward – a leap into the future.”

Post Office Senior Stakeholder Manager for East England, Gary Herbert, said, “We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents in Stevenage and we are confident that this new modern Post Office service will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future."

In the upgraded branch there will be four serving positions, which will be a mixture of screened and open plan. Longer opening hours are also being trialled for six months.

Stephen McPartland, MP for Stevenage, visited an all-day ‘Enterprise in Action’ programme held at Marriotts School and provided by Young Enterprise, a charity which aims to equip young people with business knowledge and skills for the modern world.

Stephen saw the teams at the production phase and commented, “"The pupils were completely engaged in the sessions led by Jane and you could see them brimming over with ideas. It was perfectly clear from chatting to the young people that some of Hertfordshire's future business leaders were sitting in the hall, listening carefully and eager to have a go at being amongst the brightest and best business people."

The day’s event was led by Jane Shipley, Young Enterprise Manager for North Hertfordshire, and involved 60 students who had to work in teams to create and present a product to a panel of judges from the business community. Jane said, “The day’s event fostered and enhanced students’ entrepreneurial skills by requiring them to create a product, then advertise and present it to different market sectors and finally sell it to the local sponsors and business volunteers who represented potential investors.”

Heather Bullen, Head of Faculty, ICT, Business Studies & Citizenship, at Marriotts School said “We look forward to further work with YoungEnterprise, the students loved it!”

Stephen McPartland MP for Stevenage has responded to the Care Quality Commission's latest report on the Clinicenta Carillion-owned Surgicentre.  The report concludes that the Surgicentre does not have an effective health, safety and welfare system in place with a resulting "major" impact on patients.

Stephen commented, "The report clearly shows that the Surgicentre remains non-compliant and is not delivering the service required. This is the final blow for the owners Clinicenta Carillion, they are failing to manage the facility and they are failing local people. They have lost the trust of the local medical professionals and they have lost the trust of the local community. Their time is up and I am calling on the Care Quality Commission to suspend Clinicenta Carillion's licence to operate healthcare in the UK and return this facility to the local hospital to manage."

Stevenage MP, Stephen McPartland, has made a submission as part of the consultation process relating to the planning application by London Luton Airport as many local residents are very concerned about the proposed expansion.

Residents in Stevenage and the surrounding villages will suffer increased noise generated by overflying aircraft with the proposed expansion.  Of major concern too are night flights and the proposals should ensure residents have proper protections against disturbance.

Stephen has also highlighted concerns raised about the fairness of the process since Luton Borough Council both own the airport and are responsible for considering the planning permission, and steps need to be taken to ensure that the public interest is upheld.

Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland along with North East Herts MP Oliver Heald met East of England Ambulance Service Interim Chief Executive, Andrew Morgan, and Chairman, Maria Ball.

Both MPs took up concerns about the speed of response and low morale in the Ambulance Service.

Stephen said, “A long wait for an ambulance is not good for anybody and I am keen to ensure that we have the best NHS for local people. I am delighted that Oliver and I were able to get a commitment from the East of England Ambulance Service that there would be more ambulances on the road to ensure that we have the best NHS here.”

Stephen McPartland, MP for Stevenage, supported Holocaust Memorial Day by signing a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons honouring those who died during the Holocaust.

Stephen said, “I welcome the opportunity to pay tribute to those who perished during the Holocaust. Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity to remember the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. I will continue to support communities who are working together against prejudice and intolerance."

Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said “We are proud that Stephen McPartland MP is supporting Holocaust Memorial Day this year. It is vitally important that we both remember and learn from the appalling events of the Holocaust – as well as ensuring that we continue to challenge all forms of hatred and bigotry." 

Holocaust Memorial Day is on Sunday January 27th which will mark the 68th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi concentration and extermination camp which is the site of the largest mass murder in history. 

Trussells Butchers of Knebworth are a regional finalist for this year's Countryside Alliance Awards. Stephen McPartland the local Member of Parliament popped in to congratulate the team. Paul Elleston, the proprieter, explained they sell high-class meats sourced only from the UK and focus on the service they provide to local customers.

Stephen said, "I am delighted that Trussells Butchers in Knebworth are in the regional finals and know that Knebworth and many other villages benefit from Trussells' mobile shop. It was a pleasure to buy some sausages, which tasted great, and wish them luck in the finals as they are a fantastic local butchers."

Regional winners will be announced in the near future and will go forward to compete against winners from all over the UK.

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