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It is a thrill and honour to represent you in Parliament. During my campaign, I pledged to work for my constituents no matter how they voted and to always put local people first.

I'll fight tirelessly for a fair deal for all the Towns services, protect Eastbourne jobs and ensure that the interests of residents are always heard in Parliament. I profoundly believe that part of my job is to be, if necessary, unreasonable on behalf of Eastbourne and Willingdon!

Please remember - I work for you - so if there's anything I can ever do to help get in touch.

With best wishes


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Recent updates

  • Carnival Returns
    Article: Sep 19, 2014

    Pageant Master Dave Cooper and Stephen Lloyd, Patron of Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival announced that Carnival will be returning on Saturday the 30th of May 2015. The popular event which this year celebrated its third year running with estimated crowds of over 20,000 people lining the route was one of the highlights of the summer season.

  • Stephen Lloyd MP signing the pledge to raise awareness of sepsis ()
    Article: Sep 18, 2014

    Stephen Lloyd MP for Eastbourne, attended a reception hosted by Sarah Newton MP, co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Sepsis, at the Palace of Westminster to show his support for efforts to tackle the relatively unknown illness sepsis, which claims the lives of 37,000 people every year in the UK. The event supported World Sepsis Day (13th September), aiming to raise awareness of a condition that kills more people than breast cancer, bowel cancer and prostate cancer combined.

  • Article: Sep 9, 2014

    Last week Stephen Lloyd MP attended in Westminster the launch of Later Life Ambitions to pledge his support for pensioners in the build-up to next year's General Election.

    The campaign, organised by the National Federation of Occupational Pensioners, the Civil Service Pensioners' Alliance, and the National Association of Retired Police Officers Association, are hoping that members of the public will become involved in the campaign as it progresses and are asking people to sign up to their pledge via the website www.laterlifeambitions.co.uk and by following their twitter feed @laterlives.

  • Article: Sep 3, 2014

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    Dear All,

    The summer has been filled with peaks and troughs this year for Eastbourne, from the excitement of the carnival to the dreadful images of our beloved pier ablaze contrasting with the glorious historic Lancaster Bombers soaring overhead as part of Airbourne just a week later. Eastbourne though is nothing if not resilient and as you'll see below we have plenty to be proud of - the Eastbourne Buzz is unstoppable!

  • Article: Aug 29, 2014

    Stephen Lloyd MP welcomed the new guidance published this weekend by the Department of Health which called for concessions to be granted to more patients and staff, and also for fines to be imposed only when reasonable.

    Stephen Lloyd said "I have been calling for some time for parking charges at our hospital to be reviewed, and I welcome the guidance published last weekend which calls for further concessions to be made. Whilst the guidance does not call for parking charges at hospitals to be abolished, importantly, it does call for both greater transparency in the amount raised through parking and, also, that free parking or reduced charges be considered in cases."

  • Article: Aug 28, 2014

    Stephen Lloyd MP, joined by the Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce, our local council and representatives of East Sussex County Council met this week at the Cavendish Hotel to discuss Stage 2 of the ongoing A27 feasibility study.

    The meeting discussed feedback on emerging options. Three key hot spots from the Sussex section of the A27 were covered: Worthing, Arundel and our own part of the A27, Lewes to Eastbourne.

  • Article: Aug 27, 2014

    Stephen Lloyd MP has called on Eastbourne & Willingdon residents to share their experiences of the DGH in advance of the Care Quality Commission (CQC)'s inspection of the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

    The CQC are holding two listening events in advance of the inspections, where members of the public will be able to tell the inspection panel about their views and experiences of the Trust. The views and experiences will help inspectors decide what to look at when they inspect the hospitals and community services run by the Trust in September.

  • Article: Aug 20, 2014

    Eastbourne & Willingdon MP Stephen Lloyd has today expressed his sorrow after hearing of the tragic death of Stephen Penrice, the workman who died while working on Eastbourne Pier yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 19th August).

    Stephen Lloyd MP said: "This is desperately sad news and I know I speak for the whole town when I say the thoughts of everyone from Eastbourne and beyond are with his family and friends. Words are often inadequate at being able to capture such awful events. At this morning's Eastbourne Pier Action Committee, with representatives from the Council, Chamber of Commerce, Eastbourne Hospitality Association and other key community representatives, we took a few minutes' silence in respect of Mr Penrice's memory.

  • Article: Aug 15, 2014

    Stephen Lloyd MP welcomed news that unemployment figures have continued to drop in Eastbourne and Willingdon. According to data released this week by the Office of National Statistics the number of unemployment claimants in Eastbourne is down to only 3.2%, lower than it has been at any point since 2008.

  • SL,friends of EB Rec
    Article: Aug 7, 2014

    The Eastbourne Rec/Halifax Big Lunch was held last Sunday at Seaside Rec and was very well attended by local residents. The sum of £118 was raised on the dayand every penny will be donated to the Eastbourne Pier Benevolent Fund; set up by the Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the recently formed Pier Committee to help those affected by last week's devastating fire on the Pier. The Friends of Seaside Rec group was formed to improve local recreation opportunities and amenities for the community. This was the group's first ever fund raising event.

  • Article: Aug 4, 2014
    This past week has been a difficult one for Eastbourne. I wanted to update you on two crucial issues that you are no doubt already well aware of. Firstly, the shocking fire on our beloved pier and secondly, the meeting of the County Council's Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) which confirmed that consultant-led maternity services and in-patient paediatrics were being permanently sited at the Conquest Hospital, rather than our own DGH.
    Eastbourne Pier Fire.
    There have been a lot of questions following the appalling fire on our pier. Please see here for key answers that I have drafted to the FAQs that have been sent in to me and others. I was working in my office when I first heard about the fire at 3.30pm. The scenes that many of us witnessed on the seafront were heart breaking. Some comfort can be taken from the fact that two thirds of our pier remains intact, and the important message is that Eastbourne remains well and truly open for business. This was also the overarching theme of the meeting held by the key stakeholders that I called the following morning. At this meeting, I requested the Pier Committee be co-chaired in future by Cllr. David Tutt, Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council and Cllr. David Elkin, Leader of the Opposition. This underpins what I believe is one of our town's greatest strengths - we all pull together for Eastbourne and Willingdon. It also makes practical sense as the Council will have to coordinate much of the process of getting the pier back up and running. The next day (Friday), I chaired a meeting with the Prime Minister and Chancellor of Exchequer, the Borough Council, Chamber of Commerce and other representatives from the Pier Committee. We spoke about how the town responded positively to the fire and also the £2m pledged to support businesses directly affected, and to assist Eastbourne in successfully getting through such a dreadful calamity. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the fire fighters, police officers, RNLI, coastguard and of course the staff of the pier who worked so hard before, during and after the fire. The blaze miraculously resulted in no loss of life which is something we are all grateful for. The pier is insured and it will be rebuilt. In the meantime, the Chamber of Commerce has set up a Pier Benevolent Fund to help those affected by the fire. To donate: please click here. More information on this can be found on the FAQ link above. Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee
    Last week also saw the crucial HOSC meeting which determined the future of consultant-led maternity and in-patient paediatric provision at our DGH. As you will have seen from my previous newsletters, I and the cross-community Save the DGH team had been urging HOSC to retain consultant-led maternity and paediatrics at both the Conquest and the DGH. My colleagues on the Committee, Langney Cllr. Alan Shuttleworth, and Old Town Cllr John Ungar, proposed a motion which said exactly that. Unfortunately, the Committee turned down the motion by 8 votes to 4. Consequently, Independent Cllr. Ruth O'Keeffe proposed that more information be considered at the next HOSC meeting before a final referral decision be made. To my profound disappointment, and frankly, anger, this was lost by just one vote. It had been a 6-6 deadlock but the Chair of the Committee, Cllr Ensor cast his deciding vote against. The Herald covered it well, but if you missed the detail, please click here for an image of their report.
    We had a follow up meeting of the Campaign group last Thursday evening to consider next steps. Currently, we are exploring a Judicial Review and I will also be taking this and other issues from within ESHT to the Secretary of State, the CQC and other relevant NHS bodies. I know the ongoing news coming out from the DGH, on almost a weekly basis often does not look encouraging. I am contacted constantly by staff, patients and their relatives with concerns. However, it is absolutely vital that we do not give up our fight. The pier fire, our town centre regeneration, the fantastic work we have all done to get the town's claimant rate down to 3.3% - all show that Eastbourne never gives up; and this remains true in support of our local NHS services. Thank you for all the support and encouragement so many give me, Liz Walke and the Save the DGH campaign team. We really are very grateful. To conclude; I am 100% sure that Eastbourne will have a great summer irrespective of the challenges I've written about today. I look forward to seeing you all at Airbourne and other great events across our town. All the best, Stephen Lloyd MP for Eastbourne and Willingdon
  • Article: Jul 28, 2014

    This afternoon the East Sussex County Council Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) rejected a move by Liberal Democrat Councillors Alan Shuttleworth and John Ungar to have the issue of the future of the maternity and paediatric services at Eastbourne District General Hospital referred to the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt. The meeting, which took place at Lewes County Hall, was also attended by Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd and other members of the Save the DGH team.

  • Article: Jul 23, 2014

    It has been revealed that a local artist has had his work displayed in a church in South Africa, in the town where Nelson Mandela was born.

    Local Artist Phillip Brown and his wife Gounil, who has also had his work displayed at Michelham Priory and the Underground Theatre in Eastbourne, designed a large window in St Johns Cathedral in the former President of South Africa's home town.

  • Stephen Lloyd MP and Liz Walke at a recent rally opposing changes to the DGH.
    Article: Jul 22, 2014

    Ahead of the rescheduled Health Overview Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) meeting taking place next Monday, 28th July, Stephen Lloyd MP has urged everyone to take this last chance to contact their East Sussex County Councillor asking them to support full maternity provision at both the DGH and Conquest Hospital in Hastings.

  • a27 7
    Article: Jul 16, 2014

    It has been announced that the next meeting of the Department of Transport's A27 Reference Group will be held in Eastbourne on the 7th of August. The group has been set up to oversee the Department's review of options to improve the troublesome sections across the A27 and ensure that stakeholder's views are being taken into account.