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Stephen McPartland MP has pledged his support for Asthma UK’s campaign for higher standards of care in Stevenage and around the country to reduce asthma deaths. As chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Asthma he hosted a reception for MPs in Parliament.

Stephen said, “I was delighted to host the event and raise awareness of how important it is to tackle asthma in our local communities. Many people do not realise that over 5 million people have asthma in the UK and 3 people die every day due to the condition. It is shocking that most of these deaths are preventable and we need to ensure that asthmatics have access to better care.”

Stephen added, “I will continue to campaign for better services for those with all respiratory diseases and am delighted Paul Burstow, the Health Minister leading on long term conditions has taken such an interest in our campaign.”

Stephen McPartland, MP for Stevenage, joined Natasha Kaplinsky, broadcaster and Save the Children Ambassador, and Alan Duncan MP, the Minister of State for International Development, to highlight how international aid for immunisation against the world’s deadliest diseases can help save the lives of over 4 million children by 2015.

Stephen commented, "Pneumonia is the largest killer of children under the age of five in the world. It is vitally important that we help developing countries fight this disease and save the lives of millions of children."

He added, “I am delighted that Stevenage plays such a big part in this process as GSK have made the vaccine available in an affordable manner and the government is committed to focusing international aid on projects that save lives."

The event hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Global Action against Childhood Pneumonia and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI Alliance) highlighted the crucial work, which is made possible by the aid contributed by the UK and other national governments.

MP for Stevenage, Stephen McPartland, along with representatives from Barclays Bank, Wagstaffs Accountants and Wenta gave a seminar on setting up your own business to some of North Hertfordshire College’s students.

Stephen explained to the students that many businesses in Hertfordshire are small, with only a few employees, and that the Government is encouraging those businesses to grow and take on more staff.

Stephen commented, “The seminar was a great example of the hard work North Hertfordshire College puts into helping their students find jobs after they leave. I was delighted with the calibre of the students and know that many of them will be starting their own businesses and some will no doubt become the future stars of the small business world locally.”

Some of Stevenage’s 7,000 carers gave MP for Stevenage, Stephen McPartland, an insight into the reality of caring for someone close, when he made a fact finding visit to local charity Carers in Hertfordshire’s Carers Count Meeting at the Oval Community Centre.

Stephen said: “I was very pleased to listen to the experiences facing carers in Stevenage and was keen to hear exactly how they felt. My priority is to stand up for local people and get them the best deal possible and I found the meeting very useful. There are a number of points that I am going to look into in more detail and I will continue to stand up for carers in Parliament”.


Stephen McPartland MP recently visited the Stevenage Day Centre, run by Crossroads Care North Herts, the leading charity offering respite care to carers.

In addition to the Day Centre, Crossroads provides support and respite to carers by providing experienced carers who spend time with the "cared for", normally in their own homes, thus allowing the carers to have time off to spend as they wish.

Crossroads can be contacted on 01462 455578.

Stephen McPartland MP and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Asthma joined young people aged 11-16 from schools across England to Listen Up! about asthma, at Asthma UK’s annual youth conference held at the Houses of Parliament in April 2011.

One in ten young people in England is currently receiving treatment for asthma and a fifth of children will miss around six or more days of school or college a year as a result of their condition. Ill health and misconceptions about the condition can mean that around a third of children with asthma are being left out of activities such as sport at school.

Stephen McPartland MP, said: ‘Asthma is serious, but training for teachers and clear guidelines in schools will stop children with asthma missing out on sports and school trips. I am very pleased to support Asthma UK with this exciting project to empower young people to get the most out of their school years.’

Stephen McPartland MP is delighted that disadvantaged children in the Stevenage area are set to receive £815,000 this year under the new government's Pupil Premium which is available for the first time.

Stephen said:"This is fantastic news for local children. The gap between the academic performance of children from deprived backgrounds and their peers is far too big and has been ignored for too long. The Pupil Premium will tackle this head on, providing targeted funding for those who need it most. The new government is delivering a massive boost to the education of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable children in our area."

The Pupil Premium is an extra lump sum of cash which follows every disadvantaged child and is received by schools, allowing them to provide additional support such as one-to-one tuition and extra pastoral care.

In the year from April 2011, the pupil premium will be worth £430 for every pupil on Free School Meals and £430 for every looked-after child. This means that in Stevenage this year 1,900 children overall will benefit from an additional £815,000.

Research conducted by a mobile and broadband comparison website shows that 3G mobile broadband speeds in Stevenage are amongst the worst for towns and cities in the UK.

Stephen said, “We are all using technology more and more in our jobs and personal lives, so it is absolutely vital that we have the best speeds available. I will certainly be taking this issue up, to identify how the new government’s plans to develop faster broadband services will help here in Stevenage. Stevenage is a great town, with world class companies of all sizes and we need the best downloads speeds available.”

MP for Stevenage, Stephen McPartland MP is supporting the British Lung Foundation’s Children’s Charter campaign. He recently attended the BLF’s parliamentary launch and met the British Lung Foundation’s young campaign champions who explained the charity’s action plan to improve children’s lung health in the UK.

Stephen said, “I am delighted to support the British Lung Foundation’s Children’s Charter and believe it is important that adults are encouraged to protect children from the dangers of passive smoke.”

Dame Helena Shovelton, Chief Executive for the BLF said: “The number of children whose lungs are being damaged by adults lighting up when children are in the car is alarming. We are calling on all children who want to put an end to passive smoking to add their voice to the BLF’s campaign by going to

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