On 31 March, Stephen accompanied the Taiwanese Representative to the UK to The Crystal in Newham’s Royal Docks – the world's largest permanent exhibition on the future of cities, as well as one of the world's most sustainable buildings and events venues. 

The visit was at the request of the Representative, Mr David Yung-Lo Lin, and the group also included Alex Huang, Head of Political Division at the Taipei Representative Office in the UK, Mr Yen-Chang Wu, Secretary, Political Division and Ms Cora Wang, Secretary, Political Division.  The group was hosted by Mr Mark Jenkinson of Siemens, who provided a tour of the exhibition and explained technological ideas for smart cities. 

Smart city technologies aim to make cities better places to live by targeting: connections, economy, people, government, environment and living.  Ideas discussed include improvements to transportation connectivity and energy efficiency.  Taiwan believes that its firms have real expertise to offer around the world in smart city technology.

Stephen – a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smart Cities – commented: “Siemens have shown real leadership and ambition in establishing the Crystal in East London. Managing cities will be a major challenge around the world in coming decades, and technologies to enable it to be done well will be vitally important.  We are going to need extensive co-operation in the future – between countries as well as between companies.”

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Stephen has pledged his support to the charity Parkinson’s UK’s We Won’t Wait campaign, calling for urgent action to unlock the promise of research developments that could pave the way to better treatments and stop Parkinson’s drugs ‘falling behind’.

Speaking at the launch Parkinson’s Awareness Week, Stephen said: “While great strides have been made over the past 200 years, people with Parkinson’s are still waiting for a treatment that can tackle the condition head on. Because of this, I am supporting Parkinson’s UK’s We Won’t Wait campaign: we need a complete step change to deliver better treatments and a cure faster.”

Research released by the charity revealed that despite being an incurable, degenerative condition which can affect anyone, in London: 

  • More than half (57%) of people are unsure, or wrongly say that it is possible to prevent Parkinson’s.
  • Four in five (83%) are unsure, or incorrectly think that there is no limit to the amount of time Parkinson’s medication works for.
  • Three in five (59%) wrongly believe that Parkinson’s medication does more than mask or ease the symptoms of the condition.

Parkinson’s UK wants to drive forward crucial developments in Parkinson’s research to pioneer more effective treatments that are desperately needed for the estimated 12,000 living with the condition in London. 

Commenting on Stephen's pledge, Steve Ford, Chief Executive at Parkinson’s UK said: “We are delighted that Stephen is supporting our crucial campaign to transform research so that people with Parkinson’s have access to new and better treatments that will improve their lives and, ultimately, a cure for this cruel condition.”
 

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Stephen has written to the Chief Executive of Newham Council outlining his concerns about the roll-out of Residential Parking Zones across the borough.

Citing a recently uploaded petition on the change.org website, Stephen writes that some of his constituents are now having trouble parking in some areas of Newham. He also raised the issue of the Council chasing £100 for an additional permit per household.

To view of copy of Stephen's letter, please click here. A copy of the Chief Executive's reply will be published in due course.

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Stephen has warned that Theresa May needs to make some compromise on the free movement of people from Europe to the UK as Article 50 is triggered. He also warned the Prime Minister that such a compromise is needed in order to retain “barrier free access” to the EU market.

Stephen said: “The political reality is from talking to MPs in Germany and other countries is that barrier-free access to the market involves some compromise. We will need to recognise that European citizens do have a stronger place for coming into the UK than people coming from outside the European Union. What I haven’t yet seen is the prime minister recognise that she will need to make that offer.

He added that leaving the EU will result in “...economic prices that we are all going to have to pay” and protecting jobs was a priority.

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