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Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, was invited along to help lay some building blocks of McCarthy and Stone’s new Lowe House Retirement Living Plus development on London Road in Knebworth.

Stephen McPartland MP commented, “It was a pleasure to visit the site of McCarthy and Stone’s new development in Knebworth, and to see the progress on construction there. It was a great opportunity to meet the site team, most of whom live in the area and are very conscious of being good neighbours during construction. I was pleased to discuss plans for helping those who move into the new homes to integrate into the village community and work with McCarthy and Stone on supporting community projects.” 

Andrew Wickett, Managing Director at McCarthy and Stone North London added, “We are delighted Stephen McPartland MP was able to take the time to visit our Knebworth site.

“McCarthy and Stone is committed to designing flexible homes which allow people to make the most of their retirement years, and to live as independently as possible with the benefit of having extra support should they need it.  It was great to be able to showcase the plans for some of the fantastic apartments that will eventually be available at Lowe House.”

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Stephen McPartland MP has paid tribute to teachers in Stevenage and the surrounding villages as the new school year begins. Their hard work means that more children are gaining the skills and knowledge they need to get on in life with the number of pupils studying in Good or Outstanding schools locally more than doubling since 2010.

Stephen McPartland MP said, “I have always been struck by the passion and dedication of teachers working in schools across Stevenage and the surrounding villages, and I want to thank them for their hard work.

“It was shocking that under the previous Labour Government, only 6,412 of local children were being taught in Good or Outstanding local schools. This has now more than doubled to 14,209, which means an extra 7,797 of our children are receiving a better education. We always hear lots of scare stories, but the facts speak for themselves and although there is more to be done, I am proud of the progress we are making. My ambition is for every single one of our children to be taught in a Good or Outstanding school locally.”

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Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland was invited join the harvest in action at one of the farms in the local area, and to see how arable farms help provide the raw ingredients for the UK food and drinks industry, as well as providing a vital environmental role.

Stephen McPartland MP said, "It was fantastic to be able to join the team at W J Spicer & Sons and see the harvest in action.  Farmers are extremely committed when it comes to delivering not only quality food and raw ingredients, but also investing time, money and effort in managing the countryside and environment in and around their farms."

"Inviting Mr McPartland out on the family farm enabled us to discuss matters such as the importance of the arable farming sector, our reliance on haulage firms and logistics at this time of year, and how our business is getting ‘Brexit’ ready", said Rosemary Pateman, of W J Spicer & Sons, who hosted Stephen.

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Local small shopkeepers are being encouraged by Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland to nominate their businesses as part of the Best Small Shops Competition.

Stephen McPartland MP said, "The Best Small Shops Competition is a great opportunity to showcase the central role small shops play in our High Streets and more widely in the local community. You can nominate your business online so why not do so before the deadline of 9th September."

The Best Small Shops Competition is open to any small shop operating in the UK. The competition is free to enter and all shops who enter will also be promoted to consumers through an online Indie Retail Directory.

A shortlist of 25 of the most impressive applications will be shortlisted with the judges looking for evidence of a small shops’ entrepreneurial spirit, ways that they have been innovative in their business and what they have done to have a lasting positive impact on their community.  The shortlisted small shops will be invited to a Parliamentary Reception on 5th November 2019 and find out who will be crowned the Best Small Shop for 2019.

Shopkeepers can nominate their businesses until Monday 9th September via www.bestsmallshops.co.uk.

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Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, was pleased to be able to hand over a cheque for £6,500 to the Garden House Hospice at the offices of local chartered accountancy firm Wagstaffs following their successful skydive challenge.

Stephen McPartland MP said, “This is a brilliant achievement and really shows the community spirit we have in our town. The Garden House Hospice is an amazing charity I am proud to support. I am just so sorry I could not take part in the skydive.”

Mark Hubbocks, partner at Wagstaffs, said, "It is not often that you get to do something exhilarating that will fuel adrenaline and leave you with a memory that lasts a lifetime. Add the fact that a closely bonded group have raised over £6,000 for charity and that money really makes a difference, that makes the whole thing very special indeed.

"I would encourage as many local businesses to consider doing something similar as we all have a part to play in supporting the community that supports our respective businesses."

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