General Election 2017: Statement from Stevenage Conservative candidate Stephen McPartland
"I am proud to have been your Member of Parliament for the last seven years and want to continue standing up for local people.
I live in Stevenage with my wife Emma, a local primary school teacher. I always try to help and many local families have asked for my support. I listen and work hard to deliver the improvements that local people want, such as:
1. Investing in our local NHS:
The Lister Hospital has benefited from a £150 million redevelopment and the QEII Hospital has been rebuilt, making them amongst the most modern and advanced facilities in the UK. I am also continuing my campaign for a Satellite Radiotherapy Unit to be based here in Stevenage.
2. Investing in our Community and Economy:
I am leading the campaign for a new Garden City to resolve housing need once and for all. A new organisation is also being established to regenerate Stevenage town centre, with millions of pounds of Government money and an Independent Chairman.
Stevenage Borough Council’s unfunded plan will squeeze 7,600 homes into Stevenage with most of them never being built. The Leisure Park will be converted to housing, the Gordon Craig Theatre will be demolished, Lytton Way pedestrianised and a range of community facilities and Scout Huts lost. Totally unacceptable when we should have a new Garden City instead, with the infrastructure purpose built.
I will continue my campaign for three hours free parking to kick start a town centre regeneration with revitalised shops at the heart of it.
3. Investing in our local roads and rail services:
I have also secured the funding to widen the A1(M) between Junctions 6 and 8, at a cost of £8 million a mile. I am delighted Highways England have already started work on the detailed plans. Rail users are also seeing the benefits of thousands more seats and new trains are on the way, but more needs to be done on services.
It is important that as many people as possible vote and do let me know what you think by completing my 60 Second survey at www.stephenmcpartland.co.uk.
Please remember that every vote cast for Theresa May and the Conservatives will count to strengthen Britain’s hand in the Brexit negotiations. The choice is between strong and stable leadership in the national interest with Theresa May and the Conservatives – or weak and unstable coalition government led by Jeremy Corbyn.”