Rt Hon Stephen McPartland MP
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Local theatre group, Stevenage Lytton Players, are putting on a free production in support of the campaign for a satellite radiotherapy unit to be based at at the Lister hospital.

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, is leading the campaign for a satellite Radiotherapy Unit.  He said, "The campaign is going from strength to strength but we were keen to do something a little different to capture the attention of more local people. We are very lucky that Stevenage Lytton Players have such a great community spirit and offered to help us by putting on this production, which is completely free for local people."

Sharon Curtis, a member of Stevenage Lytton Players, had the idea and said "I did not realise how difficult or how far it was to go to Mount Vernon everyday for radiotherapy treatment until my mum was ill. I agree with Stephen that we have to bring cancer care closer to people's homes."

The concert will be held at the Stevenage Lytton Players Theatre. All tickets are free with 50 available for each show.  Local people can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for tickets on a first-come first-served basis.

Stephen McPartland added "I have watched Stevenage Lytton Players perform many times and I am so proud we have such talented local people involved in helping our community."

Stevenage Lytton Players will be performing at The Lytton Theatre on Vardon Road, with three performances:  22nd June 7:45pm, 23rd June 2pm matinee and 7:45pm.

Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland has welcomed a new campaign to reduce the overall burden of regulation on local businesses and help provide the right conditions for jobs and growth.

Stephen said, “Stevenage businesses are leading the economic recovery, but they need all the help the government can give them. I have campaigned hard in Parliament to ensure local businesses are freed up to help us achieve the jobs and growth we need for a sustainable economic recovery. Many local businesses have raised the need for a level playing field and are rightly concerned that regulators, just like football referees, do not enforce the rules consistently.This must change and I am delighted to welcome the new Focus on Enforcement campaign launched by the Minister of State for Business and Enterprise, Mark Prisk MP.  It is critical to have the right level of regulation to make sure our businesses are able to be competitive and for it to be applied consistently so that businesses are clear about what they need to do to comply."

Stephen added, "I am glad to see action is being taken and I will continue to fight for better deal for local businesses so they have the freedom to grow and employ more local people."


Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland joined local police in a major operation involving around 80 police officers to clamp down on illegal drug dealing.  A series of raids were carried out on targeted addresses in Stevenage following months of preparation and collection of intelligence by the police.

Stephen said, “These type of operations reassure the community that Stevenage is a safe place to live.  The police know where the criminals are and they know what they are doing. Operations like this show that they are coming for these criminals and will remove them from the local community so we are all safer.”

He added, “The police are working hard and fully understand the impact drug dealers have on the wider community. We are sending a clear and united message that dealing drugs in Stevenage is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.”

Local MP Stephen McPartland visited the pottery at Springfield House, the home of Stevenage Arts Society, and ably instructed by experienced potter Vivienne Western made a pottery bowl.  This will be fired, and at a later date he will return to decorate it before its final firing.

Stephen said, "I enjoyed the chance to learn a little pottery and get hands on by making my own bowl. It was very kind of Vivienne to give me such patient tuition and the work of the Stevenage Arts Society is greatly valued by our local community."

Whilst there, Stephen visited the exhibition of paintings on display at the Denington Galleries, all painted by members of the Arts Society. He takes a keen interest in local clubs and societies which provide art and leisure facilities in the area.

Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland recently launched the UK leg of the GALILEO Master competition in Parliament and once again declared Stevenage as the capital of the UK space industry.

Stephen launched the campaign as vice-chair of the Parliamentary Space Committee and was joined by Ed Vaisey MP, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries as well as leaders from industry and academia involved in the UK Space Industry.

Stephen said, “The UK space sector is growing at 10% a year, making it one of Britain's most successful high value and innovative sectors. Stevenage is leading the way in the UK space industry and is home of Astrium which recently won the £244 million contract from the European Space Agency for the next generation Solar Orbiter.  Stevenage has an array of other companies involved in this high technology such as Tessella, who second scientists all over the world.  I am proud to launch the UK leg of the satellite navigation competition as it will encourage innovation and create more jobs, many of which will be in Stevenage – the capital of the UK Space Industry.”

The GALILEO Master is the overall winner of the Europe-wide satellite navigation competition which is open to anyone with an idea that utilises satellite navigation, positioning or timing technology.  The aim of the competition is to encourage innovation and the application of new ideas.  Prizes include thousands of pounds of cash, business support and introductions to wider industry and funding opportunities.

MPs and celebrities are backing the need for research trials on GM Crops.  Author and comedian Stephen Fry is amongst around 4,000 people who have signed an online petition by the charity "Sense About Science" which is not campaigning for or against GM Crops but to allow the trials rather than have the crops destroyed by protestors.

Stephen McPartland, MP for Stevenage, says he hopes a planned public debate will put an end to the row, "There is a huge worldwide shortage of food and there does need to be a debate. These scientists are prepared to share the data, so that it is publicly available. If their work is damaged it will fall into the hands of the large commercial companies, who won't end up sharing it because of commercial intelligence."

A blind football tournament hosted by Stevenage Football Club at the club’s Academy brought together a range of teams fielded by local businesses as well as the football club and Supporters Association to raise awareness of the challenges faced by blind people. The event also raised over £7,500 for the community scheme run by the club, with contributions from local firms matched pound for pound by Barclays Bank.

Stephen McPartland, MP for Stevenage, joined the teams and other spectators, and presented the winning team from Wagstaffs with their award after a close final against the Supporters Association team.

A team of Stevenage students who set up their own business are set for a visit to The House of Commons after being named North Hertfordshire’s Company of the Year in a Young Enterprise competition. The students from Nobel School received the invitation from Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland, after impressing him with their business skills at the North Hertfordshire Young Enterprise Area Finals at North Hertfordshire College.

Stephen enjoyed the opportunity to meet all the students and hearing about the business skills they had developed through the programme. He delighted the winning students from ‘Brainwave’ with an invitation to have tea with him at the House of Commons.

Stephen commented, "I was very impressed with all the students and high quality companies they had developed. The enthusiasm, ideas and energy of the students was amazing and it was clear that some of our future local business leaders had taken part in the competition. It was a fantastic event and I look forward to welcoming the winners to Parliament."

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