An Open Letter to Stevenage's Tory MP
Dear Mr McPartland,
On Wednesday 25th February, parliament voted on whether or not to ban MPs from holding paid directorships and consultancies whilst serving as a Member of Parliament.
I understand that you were not present at the vote, which was a surprise as it’s clearly a matter of some interest to you. Particularly as you were recently appointed to the Furniture Village Board of Directors, you hold the position of Chair of the Board of Directors at the Furniture Ombudsman, and you’re also a Director of McPartland Consulting Ltd where you do paid consultancy work for a number of clients.
Given the importance of last night’s vote, I can only assume that you were too busy to attend – was this because you were doing one of your other jobs?
Being the MP for Stevenage is a huge privilege and if done properly, it is more than a full-time job. I have committed to having only one job after the election in May if I’m elected, will you join me? So that regardless of who wins in May, the people of Stevenage can rest assured that they will have a full-time MP standing up for them in Westminster.
Labour candidate for Stevenage
An Open Letter to Stevenage's Tory MP
We’re registered to vote. Are you? Thursday 5th February 2015 marked the United Kingdom’s second annual National Voter Registration Day (NVRD). Bite The Ballot (BTB) – in partnership with a host of NVRD 2015 Partners – coordinated a week of action, which built up to a national day of celebration on 5th February.
The aim was simple: to engage and inspire as many young people as possible to register to vote ahead
of the 2015 General Election.
Marriotts School hosted its own registration rally, with guest speaker Sharon Taylor taking questions from Sixth Form students on local issues such as education, transport and jobs. Sharon highlighted the importance of the NVRD campaign by saying “young people need to register to vote to have their say on the issues that affect them. Registering to vote is the first step in ensuring that young people’s voices are listened to.”
On the day, over 75% of Marriotts’ Sixth Form students registered to vote online, showing that young people in Stevenage do care about politics. To register to vote online, go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote before Tuesday 21st April 2015.
We’re registered to vote. Are you? Thursday 5th February 2015 marked the United Kingdom’s second annual National Voter Registration Day (NVRD). Bite The Ballot (BTB) – in partnership with a...
Labour's candidate to be the next MP for Stevenage, Sharon Taylor, has today backed plans to give a better deal to local people who rent in the private sector. With over 5,000 people in Stevenage currently renting privately some of them are forced to deal with insecure tenancies, poor standards of housing and rising costs.
Sharon Taylor said:
“I speak to so many people who are renting from a landlord in Stevenage, many of whom spend almost £10,000 a
year on rent. They want a decent, affordable home and the security that comes with knowing your tenancy is secure.
Labour is committed to taking real action to help them by bringing in 3 year stable tenancies, stopping excessiv
e rent rises, banning unfair letting agents fees and driving up home standards to prevent people living in cold or unsafe properties.
While house prices remain high, the private rented sector will continue to grow and it is important that the next government does all it can to make sure tenants in Stevenage are given a fair deal.”
The next Labour Government will also legislate to introduce a national register to drive-up standards in the private rented sector and set a new target to upgrade the energy efficiency of properties. Justified by Labour’s shadow Housing Minister, Emma Reynolds, who said: “Millions of people now rent privately but are faced with rising costs, poor standards and little security.”
A vote for Labour in May is a vote for a different way of doing things. A change that puts the many above the few on issues from renting to education and tax.
Labour's candidate to be the next MP for Stevenage, Sharon Taylor, has today backed plans to give a better deal to local people who rent in the private sector....