School Budgets

Haven school Nick Gibb

I have urged the Government to find more money for East Sussex schools otherwise there will be a funding crisis.   I have been been working behind the scenes organising meetings with local head-teachers and education ministers to try and persuade Whitehall to change its mind over an 8% on average reduction…

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Apprenticeship Week at the Grand Hotel

Caroline with GH Apprentices

Last Friday, I met with apprentices taking part in courses at the town’s Grand Hotel.   The visit was part of Apprenticeship Week, which took place last week, and I met up with apprentice chef Ella Burgess and bar supervisor Harry Thorpe.   Harry explained that he started as a casual…

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Learning CPR in the Arndale Centre

Caroline at Eastbourne Defibrillator Partnership

I tried my hand at cardiac resuscitation at the weekend when I dropped in to support a campaign to install more defibrillators in Eastbourne.   A stand at the Arndale Centre on Saturday kicked off the launch of the Eastbourne Heart Beat Campaign by the Eastbourne Defibrillator Partnership, which is attempting…

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Weekly Herald Column 10-03-17

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International Women’s Day on Wednesday got me into a reflective mood as I thought about the struggles women from just a few generations ago had to endure to win just basic rights.   I have the honour of being Eastbourne’s first ever woman MP but my grandma, who was born…

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Action on Hearing Loss

Caroline Ansell MP Hearing Matters

I am  supporting the launch of a new campaign by Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID) aiming to break down the barriers that people with a hearing loss face when trying to find employment. The charity has launched their new employment report, Working for change, improving attitudes to hearing loss in…

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A Welcome Guest for PMQs

Jeni and Jakob with Caroline Ansell MP

Today, I invited Eastbourne Kidney transplant teenager Jakob Desautels to Parliament today so he could watch Prime Minister’s Questions.   Jakob, 14, received his transplant on his birthday last month and is doing so well he could pop over the road from hospital to the House of Commons to meet with…

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School Transport for Disabled Children

Caroline with Leanna and Becky 2

Yesterday, I hosted an inquiry into school transport for disabled children in which Eastbourne mother Leanna Meredith spoke of her battle to get her son to school.   Leanna’s son, Billy, lost his county-sponsored travel when he turned 16 even though the nature of his disability had not changed. Now…

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Statement on Downland Farms

Eastbourne Review

The argument around protection of the land had not been won and the consultation with local people was deeply flawed.   Abandoning the proposal to sell the Downland farm freeholds was the only decision possible under these circumstances.   This was always a much bigger decision than simple asset management…

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Winter Night Shelter

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I publicly thanked the volunteers who have run the Winter Night Shelter in the town over the last few months at an event to mark its closure until later this year.   The work by nine churches had made a big difference to those who have found themselves without a home…

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