Knebworth’s MP makes maiden Commons speech

KNEBWORTH’S MP Stephen McPartland has made his maiden speech in the House of Commons.

The Tory backbencher, whose Stevenage constituency also includes the Times Territory villages of Datchworth and Codicote, addressed the House on Thursday during a debate on global poverty.

During his speech, Mr McPartland paid tribute to his predecessor, Barbara Follett, before painting a glowing picture of his constituency.

He said: “The fantastic history, transport links, high-tech industries and sense of community show why so many people choose to come to my constituency from all over the UK to set up home and make a better life for themselves and their families.

“It really is a microcosm of British society today.”

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Mr McPartland was elected to Parliament at the General Election on May 6, 2010, beating his Labour rival Sharon Taylor by 3,578 votes.

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