Stephen McPartland MP
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Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, spoke today about the riots in London.  He said, "These riots are nothing more than a number of outbreaks of criminal activity by a bunch of pathetic thugs. The scenes on TV are truly shocking and I am disgusted that these hooligans feel it is ok to destroy and steal other people's property."

Stephen reassured local people by saying, "I know many people have been frightened by this outbreak of violence and I would like to reassure them that no such incidents are taking place in our communities locally.

Hertfordshire Police are helping in London and have a vast array of resources available if any copycat incidents were to take place locally. I fully support the work of Hertfordshire Police and stand ready to request any assistance they would need from the Home Secretary".

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, was pleased to welcome Rt Hon Andrew Lansley, CBE MP, Secretary of State for Health on his visit to the Lister Hospital to announce the government’s backing for the £72 million investment for the latest stage of development at the hospital.

Stephen said: “I am delighted to have worked closely with Ministers to secure this further £70 million investment in our local hospital. The Lister is now on course to be one of the most advanced and modern NHS facilities in the UK. This is fantastic news for Stevenage and builds on the government’s massive £250 million investment programme in our local schools, health service, housing and jobs, which is putting our town at the heart of the economic recovery.”

Stephen commented, “I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the staff who work with patients and their families on a day to day basis. Their daily dedication to make life better for local people is at the heart of the clinical excellence the Lister now offers.”

This latest £70 million investment will build on the work of the staff and allow completion of another eleven projects. The largest of these are the new Emergency Department, a new ward block and a new Theatre & Endoscopy block all due for completion in 2013.

“I am already looking forward to the official opening of the Maternity Unit, Surgicentre and multi-storey car park later this year.”, said Stephen McPartland.

“However, this is just the start”, Stephen said, “We need to keep the momentum going to ensure my campaign for a Satellite Radiotherapy Unit, based at the Lister is a success. I think of this as Phase 5 and would urge everyone who wants to bring Cancer Care closer to people’s homes to please join the campaign on Facebook or on my website”

“Protecting and improving our local NHS is a key priority”, Stephen emphasised, “and I will continue working with unions, managers, staff, clinicians and patients to deliver the best healthcare possible for local people and our hospital is now on course to be the best in the UK”.

Stephen McPartland MP visited the Stevenage Furniture Recycling Scheme ahead of their 25th anniversary serving the community in Stevenage.

Stephen said, "The furniture scheme is run by local people to give direct help to others in need in Stevenage and I am glad to give my support.  Having a nice home is an essential part of helping people build their lives and the quality of furniture available at such low prices is a testament to the generosity of local people."

The Stevenage Furniture Recycling Scheme offers furniture for sale to the general public, with reductions so as to be affordable for those on low income.  The furniture and large electrical items come from donations, and a collection and delivery service is provided. For more information contact

Stephen McPartland MP joined Stevenage DogWatch for their fun day at Fairlands Valley.  Stevenage DogWatch was developed with Neighbourhood Watch and encourages dog walkers to keep their eyes and ears open and report suspicious incidents to the police.

Stephen said, "I thoroughly enjoyed the day and am very pleased to be able to support Stevenage DogWatch.  It is doing some great work and helps tackle crime by providing a great partnership between the police and the local community."

Stevenage DogWatch has new members joining all the time.  If you would like to know more please contact the coordinator Sarah Sheldrick on 07792 101893 or visit the website at

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, is supporting the Hertfordshire Society for the Blind’s (HSB) campaign to encourage local residents to make sure they have their eyes tested regularly. Eye tests allow early signs of preventable eye diseases, such as glaucoma or problems relating to diabetes, to be picked up by opticians.

Stephen visited the Lister hospital recently to meet staff, volunteers and service users from HSB and commented, “I would urge local people to take action to protect their eye health by having early warning of any potential problems. I recently had my eyes tested even though I can see well. I am very impressed with the commitment of the staff and volunteers, who provide invaluable support to help those who are blind and partially sighted retain their independence.”

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage and member of Science and Technology Select Committee, welcomed the Rt. Hon. David Willetts MP, the Minister for Universities and Science, to perform a topping-out ceremony as a key milestone in the construction of the new Bioscience Catalyst campus.

Stephen said, "I was proud to welcome the Minister for Science to Stevenage and delighted with the massive government investment that will make our town home to 1,500 world class scientists. The medical research and innovation which will save lives in the future and transform how some conditions are treated will be developed here in Stevenage. This is a great boost for our town and ensures we will remain at the centre of a leading edge high technology economy."

The Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst is the UK’s first open innovation bioscience campus and has already resulted in £38 million of investment, including £20 million from government. It is now entering the final phase of building prior to targeted opening early next year.

Stephen McPartland MP's visited a pharmacy in Stevenage Town Centre recently to hear about the range of services being provided. Staff at the Boots branch explained that pharmacy services are much more than filling prescriptions and highlighted the preventative health services, consultations and treatments offered.

Stephen commented, “I am delighted to see how passionate the staff are about the leading role they take as a team to improve health locally. The pharmacy really is at the heart of delivering excellent care to local people and I am proud of the contribution they make to our community.”

Stephen McPartland MP has joined Prime Minister David Cameron in giving his backing to a new competition aimed at giving budding entrepreneurs based in Stevenage a unique opportunity to showcase their ideas and designs in front of thousands of visitors as part of this year’s Conservative Party conference Start-Up Hub offering the budding business leaders the chance to show off their work.

Stephen said, “This is a brilliant opportunity for local people with innovative ideas who want or have recently started up in business to raise the profile of their work and have the chance to win tangible backing to help their business grow. I am delighted that the Start-Up is being supported by several major companies, including Fujitsu and Barclays Bank who are very active in Stevenage.”

Stephen is pictured taking part in a recent seminar for students at North Hertfordshire College to explain more about setting up a small business and the encouragement the Government is giving to help make the process easier for young people who want to be their own boss.

Stephen McPartland, MP for Stevenage, hosted the launch of the Royal College of Surgeons report, “From Theory to Theatre: Overcoming barriers to innovation in surgery” in which a number of recommendations are made of how research and innovation in surgery may be increased. Stephen works closely with the Royal College of Surgeons to ensure surgical innovation to develop new treatments is given a high profile nationally.

Stephen said: “The government has committed huge investment in the development of the clinical and surgical facilities at the Lister hospital so that it is world-class. This gives increased opportunity for surgeons, clinicians and other staff to innovate and provide further benefits to local patients as well as supporting research that can be applied more widely.”

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