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It was great to join Eastbourne Business Partnership this week at a reception to celebrate the recording of Eastbourne’s Youth Radio. The partnership has turned 21 years old and I was interviewed along with a panel earlier this week. Over the years it has had contributions from 30,000 students.

So, on Monday, I was delighted to be at The Eastbourne Academy  and meeting year 7 as part of the Eastbourne Youth Radio week. They asked very insightful questions and had an impressive focus on the future. 

If you fancy a listen you can do so here:

 The Government’s focus on getting young people into work and onto the career ladder has seen more than 125 and rising Kickstart places in Eastbourne as the scheme to get 16-24-year-olds into work has been extended. 

Every business and organisation I visit I encourage owners and managers to buy into the scheme from Bonners to And Company, the developer at Moria House. I have met kickstarters at the railway station and at local charity Amaze. They are working at the DGH, in media and in schools and nurseries.  Brilliant! With the deadline in December, there is still time for employers to apply. Please do, it is creating all important opportunities for young people in our town.  

Kickstart stepping forward to help young people on Universal Credit get their work experience with the government picking up their salary and funding training too is a big plus and one I am proud the government has put in place. This is a good investment of taxpayers’ money and I am pleased so many local employers have joined the scheme. 

The success is also down to the enthusiasm of the staff at our JobCentre Plus.  I am really impressed with the work Bruce, Karra and the team are doing to help local people find work. I spent time with work coaches Victor and Harlen last week, both so passionate about supporting and mentoring their customers. Better still, I was there when one lovely lady came in to announce she had secured a new job on the seafront. I’ve just popped a ‘Congratulations’ in the post too.  

Employment and career progression remains a top local challenge which is why the £19.8m just awarded to Eastbourne from the Government’s levelling up fund is so important. The massive expansion in the number of work coach numbers is another serious investment by the government for Eastbourne.   


This week in Parliament, in Prime Minister's Questions I raised the issue of the dangerous and illegal channel crossings, asking what further measures are being considered.
I very much welcome and support the Nationality and Borders Bill, currently making its way through the House. I share the Prime Minister's hope that this vital legislation will be supported by the whole House so that we can appropriately tackle this.

Many people are contacting me or even speaking to me in the street to discuss this issue. The vast majority are incredibly concerned that people are making this dangerous journey and putting themselves at risk in this way but there is also recognition that those most in need of our support and protection are not necessarily those who can pay traffickers or have the physical strength to journey across the continent.

My view is this new legislation cannot come soon enough. We must break the business model of the unscrupulous people smugglers who are making millions out of this vile trade. Lives are lost in this way.  I still remember the devastating picture of three year old Alan Kurdi who drowned in the Mediterranean and whose tiny frame washed up, face down on a beach. It was heartbreaking. 

I am also concerned for those who are not intercepted and get to the English coast and find themselves sold into modern slavery. The UK has been a haven for many refugees over history. Just earlier this year we committed to welcoming many thousands of Afghans in danger in their country. But the present immigration and asylum rules are broken and they need radical reform.

We will  continue to welcome people from across the world to contribute to our economy and society but there will necessarily be limits.   For those who are hiding their true intentions or identity or pose a risk, there needs to be a more robust system of return.

To see my question and the prime Minister's response click on the image below

There was an emotional Remembrance Sunday parade in our town and I was honoured to attend and lay a wreath in memory of all those who have fought and died for our country during conflict in this century and the last. 

This year is the 100th anniversary of the Royal British Legion – that standard bearer of help, support and succour for veterans and their families and a national institution.  Our veterans, servicemen and cadets have my full support. So too, the Eastbourne branch of the RBL. 

I also attended the service that took place at the Ruthless Memorial at Butts Brow on Sunday. 

It happens every year to honour the crew of an American Liberator bomber, Ruthless, which crashed on the downland during World War Two. 

The crew of 10 men – far from their homes, died in 1944 when the aircraft crashed in low cloud following damage by enemy fire. 

Willingdon & Jevington Parish Council organise the service every year and it is humbling to see so many local people turnout to remember these young men. 

Where to pick them up and how to do the test.

Our vaccination programme is rightly a big driver in getting back to normality but so is testing and we need to make it as normal as brushing our teeth to protect our progress against the virus and community transmission. 

Free testing for those without symptoms is an important line of defence to protect our recovery.  I  TEST regularly.  It is pretty easy and comforting to see a negative result when so many can have the virus without symptoms.  You still have to keep the usual safety measures but it feels good to step out knowing.

✅ Testing will help us
✅ Keep on the roadmap to freedom👣
✅ Stop the spread
✅ Protect the NHS 💙

TESTS: Now available free to all without symptoms and you can do 🏠 at home, order online or collect locally.

You can get a pack of 7 tests sent to your home. Order rapid lateral flow home test kits on GOV.UK
If you do tests at home, you'll need to report your results online or on the phone.

The video below explains how to do the test.

How to do a COVID-19 Self Test (rapid antigen test)

Community Collect Site

Fort Fun Princes Park Car Park, Royal Parade, BN22 7LQ site is operating as a test site for symptomatic testing  but only in the mornings.  In the afternoons 2:30pm – 8:00pm, following a clean down, it is operating as a Community Collect site for people to collect home test kits and supports the Government statements on providing universal asymptomatic testing.

Eastbourne Pharmacies

✅ A.E. Pharma Limited, 11 Grand Hotel Buildings, Compton Street, BN21 4EJ - Pick up site - for at home test kits

✅ A & S Shillam Limited, 82 Seaside,  BN22 7QP - Pick up site - for at home test kits

✅ Asda, Crumbles Harbour Village, BN23 6JH - Pick up site - for at home test kits

✅ Boots, Princes Park Health Ctr, Wartling Road, BN22 7PG - Pick up site - for at home test kits

✅ Day Lewis, 2 Furness Road, BN21 4EY - Pick up site - for at home test kits

✅ Day Lewis, 10 Freshwater Square, BN22 0PS - Pick up site - for at home test kits

✅ Osbon Medicals Limited, 116-118 Cavendish Place,  BN21 3TZ - Pick up site - for at home test kits

✅ Tesco Stores, Lottbridge Drove, BN23 6QD - Pick up site - for at home test kits

You can find further details 

Vaccination Information
How & Where to get a Test
Community Help & Support
Free Transport for Covid-19 Vaccinations
Vaccination Scam Information
Mental Health & Wellbeing
Support for Businesses
Test & Trace Support Payment

On Thursday I attended a steel signing ceremony to celebrate the progress that’s been made at the Summerdown SEN School, which is currently under construction here in Eastbourne. 

Other guests who joined me at the steel signing ceremony included the executive head teacher of Southfield Trust, Remo Palladino, and Morgan Sindall Construction’s area director Guy Hannell. 

After being appointed as the main contractor for the Summerdown school project, Morgan Sindall Construction has reached this key checkpoint on time and is on course to be finished by autumn 2022, when the first cohort of students will start in the new academic year.

The new school will help fulfil the need for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) school provision within Eastbourne and create immense social value for the children and families that will benefit from the facilities.

Summerdown will create 135 local school places for children aged five to sixteen with autism, complex learning and medical needs. 22 new classroom facilities will be built as part of the project, each equipped with bespoke specialist equipment to aid mobility and learning.

The finished school will include a hydrotherapy pool, sensory rooms, food technology rooms, science labs and landscaped gardens.

The site, which is set to be built on land adjacent to Broadwater Way in Hampden Park, is being delivered for the Department of Education (DfE) and will be managed by the Southfield Trust on behalf of East Sussex County Council.


To see this brand-new special school for our town up out of the ground and making such progress is very exciting. This is a big investment in education in Eastbourne and I am proud to have been involved when it was first put to ministers.

I was impressed with the construction work taking place but I can’t wait for it to be finished and see the first new pupils going through its doors.  These places are vital in the campaign to give every child the best life chances.”    

I was pleased to be invited to open the grand relaunch of The Eastbourne & South Downs Philatelic Society. That's Stamp Club to you and me.

The society is now in its 86th year and meets from 7.30pm to 9.15pm on the second and fourth Thursday of every month at the Broadway United Church, Lindfield Road. The Society’s programme of meetings for the 2021-2022 season offers an extensive display of stamps, covers, postcards and postal history shown by guest speakers and by our own members.

On my visit I was given a presentation on a Postal History of Eastbourne, dating back to the first post mark in 1797, This was put together by Lional Jones and presented by President of the Society, Nigel Steer.  During the evening Club secretary, David Hague presented me a framed Eastbourne postcard with an Eastbourne stampI  I was delighted to recieve this and it will sit on my dest in my Westminster office.

The Society has about 90 members but are always seeking new members and invite anyone interested to make contact. Full information about the Society can be found on their website:        


Last week I visited Eastbourne’s fertility clinic, based at Alder Close,  as part of its support for this year’s National Fertility Week campaign which aims to change perceptions of fertility and infertility and provides support for people across all stages of their fertility journeys. 

The Sussex Downs Fertility Clinic, part of the iTrust Fertility group, relocated from the Esperance Hospital last year to a state-of-the-art purpose-built clinic off Lottbridge Drove. It boasts a leading clinical team and success rates well above the national average across all age groups. With 30 year’s experience, Eastbourne’s iTrust Fertility has treated in excess of 7,000 patients in the Eastbourne area.

It was a pleasure to visit the clinic and meet the clinical team that helps so many people enjoy successful outcomes following their struggle with fertility. It was good to hear about the level of NHS funding available locally too and I was particularly moved to hear about the fertility services offered to those facing cancer treatment.

I am pleased to learn that the Conservative led motion put to full council supporting a Public Space Protection Order.  The motion as proposed by Councillor Jane Lamb is below.
“This Council, working in liaison with Sussex Police and other relevant authorities, is committed to reducing the amount of anti-social driving (including noisy vehicles) in the Borough, and will explore all preventative measures including PSPO’s.”
Having worked closely with Sussex Police, local Meads councillors and local resident organisations over the past 18 months on the issues of anti-social driving - this progress is most welcome. I wrote to the Leader of the Council back in April 2021 asking the council to support such a move to progress to a PSPO.
I will do my level best - alongside local councillors - to continue supporting impacted residents along Grand Parade and wider areas of Meads and I look forward to hearing about further progress in December's anti-social driving briefing. 

And finally...

My congratulations to Eastbourne Gilbert & Sullivan Society for putting on a wonderful production of Pirates of Penzance at the Devonshire Theatre last week and tonight I have the pleasure of attending the Eastbourne Choral Society Concert.

Followers of rugby will know that England's men's team had a fine win over Austrailia last week and the women's team are riding high and are top of the world rankings. Tomorrow I am seeing where it all starts with a visit to Eastbourne Rugby Club mini and junior section to hear their  plans for for developing rugby even further, in the town.

This morning I am opening the Christmas Fair at Christ Church, Seaside. The event is open until 1.00pm so do drop in.   

Later, I am off to knock on more doors.

Take good care and keep in touch,


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Caroline Ansell MP · Eastbourne Town Hall · Grove Road · EASTBOURNE, EAST SUSSEX BN21 4TX · United Kingdom