8,000 more people saving for retirement

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New figures show that 8,000 more people in Eastbourne & Willingdon are now saving more for their retirement. Auto-enrolment workplace pensions have been in place since 2012 and more than nine million people are on the scheme. The initiative will now be extended to younger people aged 18 to 22…

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Stop Further Press Regulation


Today, I have welcomed the launch of a new review on the future of local and regional media and pledged my support to stop further press regulation. The internet has eroded advertising income for local media leading to cuts in staff and the ability to hold local representatives and organisations to…

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Priti Patel Visits Eastbourne

Priti Patel

Former international development secretary Priti Patel headed was guest of honour at a recent dinner at Eastbourne’s Grand Hotel. The recent fundraising event was for Eastbourne Conservatives. Many thanks to Priti for coming down and supporting the dinner!

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100th Anniversary of Female Suffrage


This week, I attended a reception in Westminster yesterday to mark the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote. I joined female and male MPs past and present and the Prime Minister, Theresa May, for the event to mark the Representation of the People Act 1918. This was a very…

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Government Funds For New Homes


I have welcomed £1.2 million of government funding to decontaminate land at Bedfordwell Road so 102 homes can be built on the brownfield site. The money is part of a £866 million fund for 133 council-led projects across the country that will make housing developments viable and get much-needed homes built quicker. The Eastbourne…

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Burns Lunch Success!

Burns lunch

The Eastbourne Conservatives held an immensely successful Burns’ Fundraising lunch at the town’s Lansdowne Hotel. The event last Friday came with bagpipes and Burns’ ‘Address to a Haggis’ performed by Dame Elaine Montgomerie. Around 80 people came to the lunch to honour the Scottish poet. As you’ll know, I was…

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Lib Dem MP Breaks His Word

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I have today said Stephen Lloyd has shattered the trust of local people by breaking his word over supporting Brexit. Figures from the They Work for You website show that Mr Lloyd did not vote in favour of any part of the EU Withdrawal Bill despite having now had 58…

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Women in Eastbourne exhibition

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 I have expressed my dismay that an event to honour women in Eastbourne was opened by the town’s male MP, and described it as “a spectacular missed opportunity”. The launch of the lottery-funded Women in Eastbourne exhibition and website at the DC1 Café and Gallery revealed fascinating research by the Wayfinder…

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Year of Engineering


I have pledged my support for a national campaign to get more young people into engineering in an attempt to fill a major skills gap. The Year of Engineering launches in January and will see government work with hundreds of businesses to raise the profile of engineering among young people aged…

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Local Man Addresses Parliamentary Group


I recently accompanied local man Gwynne Pickering to Westminster when he addressed MPs about living with diabetes. Gwynne, who has been a type 2 diabetic for 24 years, spoke passionately about the condition to the All-party Parliamentary Group on Diabetes when it met at the House of Commons. He recounted his…

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