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Stephen talking to the media
  • Article: Jan 11, 2019
    By Stephen Lloyd

    Big news today as I score a win in my fight with the government. But the fight isn't over yet, as you'll read!

    Back in August 2017 136 people at Birling Gap went to Eastbourne's DGH Accident & Emergency complaining of streaming eyes and itchy throats, after encountering a gas haze off Birling Gap and later, along the coast to Eastbourne and Norman's Bay.

  • Article: Jan 8, 2019
    By Stephen Lloyd MP

    Speaking in today's parliamentary debate on reducing the age of bowel cancer screening from
    60 to 50 years old:

    I was pleased to hear in August last year that Health Minister, Steve Brine MP, and the Department of Health had agreed to local constituent, Lauren Backler's, ask that the NHS begin screening for Bowel Cancer from the age of 50, using the FIT test kit.

  • PA
    Article: Dec 28, 2018

    Eastbourne has lost a true friend, writes Old Town Lib Dem county councillor, John Ungar

    "With the announcement of Paddy Ashdown's death many in Eastbourne are mourning his passing. He was not only an inspirational leader of the Liberal Democrats, he was one of those rare politicians who was respected across the political spectrum. It was his vision, honesty, straightforwardness and putting people first which gained him so many supporters here in Eastbourne and beyond.

    "I first came into direct contact with Paddy when I was the Chair of Eastbourne Lib Dems in 1990. This was when we had a Parliamentary by-election following the appalling murder of Ian Gow MP, by the IRA. David Bellotti, (Lib Dem) now also sadly deceased, won the ensuing by-election.

    "During and in the run up to Election Day Paddy was keen to know as much about Eastbourne as he could. In the numerous conversations I had with him, he enquired about what local people wanted, cared about and there key local concerns. He asked many searching questions and I was enormously impressed by his decision making, and put it down to his brave military background. Paddy always made sure he was well informed before making a decision, but he was also human enough to listen and take advice.

    "On his visits to Eastbourne he particularly enjoyed meeting the public. The views he put forward underlined why he was a Liberal Democrat. This was to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society in which to seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

    "Paddy really did have time for everyone as exemplified by him sitting down to listen and talk to my then young sons on their visit to the House of Commons.

    "Once you met him you knew you had met a great man. He is not only a loss to the Liberal Democrats but a real loss to the nation.

    Stephen Lloyd MP added: "Paddy Ashdown was a close colleague and I was desperately saddened to hear of his death. He was a genuine one-off who I got to know well over the years and his advice to me was always welcome, as was his support.

    "He came to Eastbourne a number of times when I was either the MP or the parliamentary candidate and his presence was a draw, and not just for Liberal Democrat members. Paddy always remembered our town fondly. He was one of those rare down-to-earth politicians who folk just knew they liked and respected, whatever they're political hue.

    "I saw him only a few weeks ago in Westminster and although I knew he was poorly, had no inkling he would be taken from us so soon. So sad. You'll be missed my friend."

  • Article: Dec 10, 2018

    Every year I do a local Xmas Appeal. Last year it was for Christmas presents for those elderly patients in the DGH on Christmas Day, and the previous year for youngsters who'd recently left being in care. And on both occasions you, my Facebook friends, stepped up incredibly generously. Thank you.

    This year another vulnerable group is in need. Only it's an animal - our very own wild baby hedgehogs!!

    A great local wildlife charity which I'm sure many of you will know is called WRAS, and they've been protecting and looking after wild animals for decades.

    And WRAS told me that what they could really do with at the minute are 20 Hedgehog Houses.

    Yup. I was initially as surprised as you.......as didn't know they lived in houses?!

    But apparently the 100 or so baby hedgehogs WRAS rescue every year, after they've been weaned by the hedgehog volunteer team, need to spend a little time in a sort of halfway house before being released to an outside pen, and then back into the wild.

    I've pasted a photo below of one of their current houses, along with its tenant, which I saw when visiting them recently.

    The target is £800 folks which is a lot of money but with each house costing forty quid, that'll mean WRAS are totally in-stock for the rest of this winter. More info can be seen on the Justgiving site they've launched for my Appeal.

    Please join me in supporting them. WRAS are good people doing good, by protecting those wild animals who live amongst and around us.

    Click on the justgiving site below to donate. Thank you.

    https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/MPsChristmasAppeal18?fbclid=IwAR2t7OKjwNrle921z0ZRH-yd8Fk7wEqH8Hc2CHUepqXYu9fAICgNoTfzGH4