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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!

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Recent updates

  • 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 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.

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    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.

  • Eastbourne Business Awards
    Article: Jul 16, 2014

    Stephen Lloyd MP welcomed news that unemployment figures have continue 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 has reached 3.3%, lower than it has been at any point in at least the last 4 years. Youth unemployment also continues to fall locally, and has almost halved over the same period.

  • Save the DGH
    Article: Jul 16, 2014

    A new date has been set for the Health Overview Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) Meeting that will discuss the Clinical Commissioning Group's (CCG) decision to permanently remove Consultant-led Maternity and Paediatrics from the DGH. The committee will now sit on 28th July after the meeting on 10th July was postponed.

  • Article: Jul 15, 2014

    Following a meeting with Stephen Lloyd MP, Howard Wardle, director of Eastbourne Foodbank has agreed to join the 100x3 work experience initiative.

    The initiative, which aims to provide work experience placements for the long term unemployed in Eastbourne has already reached its target of finding 100 new individual placements.

    Stephen said "I am really pleased that Howard has agreed to offer work experience placements to people who are long term unemployed. Placements already offered via the 100x3 programme are proving to be transformational. Learning the skills to get back into work is really important and I'm delighted that Howard has agreed to join us."

  • Article: Jul 15, 2014

    Last week, Health Minister Norman Lamb MP announced an inquiry into deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital following years of campaigning by a local Eastbourne resident Mrs Gillian MacKenzie and Stephen Lloyd MP.

    Mrs MacKenzie first came to Stephen for assistance in 2009 before he was elected MP for Eastbourne and Willingdon. Her elderly mother had been admitted to Gosport in 1998, but unexpectedly passed away a short while later, leading to concerns that she had died from inappropriately administered medication. Subsequently to Mrs MacKenzie raising this with the MP, many others also came forward to express concerns about apparently premature deaths at the hospital, as well as concerns over a potential cover-up by the local NHS Trust and police.

  • Article: Jul 9, 2014

    The South East Local Enterprise Partnership, which covers East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock, this week agreed a historic Growth Deal with the Government which will see £442.2million invested across the South East. The deal will help to create up to 35,000 jobs and generate up to £100 million in private and public investment across the region.

  • Article: Jul 8, 2014

    Stephen Lloyd MP has pledged to support Prostate Cancer UK in its drive to eradicate the inequalities faced by men with and at risk of prostate cancer in Eastbourne and Willingdon.

    Hundreds of men in East Sussex are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year and many die from the disease. However, despite being the most common cancer in men, those affected by or at risk of the disease continue to face a number of challenges, particularly when it comes to awareness of risk and access to treatments, information and support.

  • Article: Jul 8, 2014

    After a long campaign from Stephen Lloyd MP, East Sussex County Council have finally announced proposals to allow parking in loading zones within the town centre from 7pm through to the early morning.

    Stephen has been lobbying the County Council for years now to allow private vehicles to park in loading bays after 7pm. Previously he had managed to secure a more flexible remit for the loading bays in Seaside Road, allowing restaurant customers to park there in the evenings. Following this success, he called for other bays in the town centre to enjoy the same availability.

  • Article: Jul 3, 2014

    I am sorry that I am unable to attend today's demonstration in support of the staff at the DGH. The proposed changes brought about by Senior Managers at East Sussex Healthcare Trust (EHST) have led to an uncertain future for many staff in Eastbourne.

    The Trust managers have spread services ever more thinly across East Sussex, dragging morale levels to new lows and forcing residents in East Sussex to travel longer distances to receive vital medical treatment that formerly could be given conveniently at our Eastbourne DGH. Grayson's Downgrade has resulted in uncertainty for patients, families, and of course, staff.