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Stephen talking to the media
  • EB station
    Article: Dec 12, 2017
    By Stephen Lloyd

    Are Southern Rail having a laugh?

    I have just written to the Prime Minister asking that her government caps the fares for Southern Rail, in the same way they did for the proposed fuel tax rise in the budget.

    From January next year the fares are set to go up, on average, by 3.4%, the biggest increase in five years. For commuters in Eastbourne, this could see the cost of their 12-month season ticket rise by as much as £184!

  • Article: Dec 8, 2017
    By Stephen Lloyd

    I am pleased to be able to tell all of Eastbourne and Willingdon's residents that my lobbying (nagging!) of the government and various statutory authorities over the mystery noxious haze which struck Birling Gap and much of Eastbourne last August has paid some dividends.

    It appears as though they have, at last, agreed to undertake a review into the whole process on the day, why the gas was not collected for later sampling and what lessons can be learned for future reference should such a chemical cloud envelop us again.

    Article: Dec 5, 2017
    By Stephen Lloyd

    At County Hall in Lewes this morning to present the petitions and letters from residents across the town protesting against the Conservative county councils proposals to close our libraries in Langney and Willingdon.

    As many of you will know, East Sussex County Council want to shut a few of the libraries across the county so it was also good to support those who were there fighting to keep Polegate library open as well! It's not, sadly, in my constituency but we are all fighting the good fight, so I was delighted to see my colleague Kelly-Marie Blundell (our Polegate parliamentary candidate at the snap election) standing shoulder to with the residents.

  • willingdon
    Article: Dec 4, 2017
    By Stephen Lloyd

    Just joined Willingdon Residents Association Chairman, John Pritchett and county councillor Lib Dem Colin Swansborough and others in Willingdon to collect the petitions and letters local residents and the schools have put together to try and stop the County Council from closing their much-loved library in Willingdon.

  • Article: Nov 29, 2017
    By Stephen Lloyd

    The Health Minister Jeremy Hunt came to the Chamber to give a statement on maternity safety. This was the unveiling of a number of changes to NHS maternity strategy and to be fair, he made some good points.

    In addition, when I flagged my concerns about the number of still-births last year in our own Trust (ESHT) - 19 - which is higher than many other equivalent parts of the UK, and asked if he would ensure the Department of Health looked at this to see where and how our services can be improved, he agreed.