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The shock from the violent and cruel death of Sir David Amess in his constituency last week very much remains in Westminster, here in Eastbourne and Willingdon and across the country. 
 
Sir David was a committed family man, a committed back bench MP and a man dedicated to public service in the House of Commons for nearly 40 years.  My heart goes out to his widow Julia and their five children. 
 
The atmosphere in the House of Commons on Monday as MPs from all parties paid tribute to him was one of profound sadness and emotion. But it was also one resolute that his death will not be meaningless and that we must confront terror and hate. 
 
This is the second killing of an MP in just over five years. I have received numerous death threats - one in 2017 even ended up with a man jailed. Such threats to politicians and other public figures are now commonplace – they shouldn’t be - but I remain committed to being an accessible MP because the relationship between MPs and those they represent is one of the founding rocks of our democracy and it must not be broken. 
 
I regularly review my security and I speak to the police, who are committed to ensuring my safety and the safety of my hard working staff, who were also incredibly upset. Of course, Eastbourne knows what it feels like to lose an MP in violent circumstances. Many fondly remember Ian Gow. His death at the hands of the IRA in 1990 still casts a shadow. 
 
Once again, thank you to all those who have written or called me over the last week. Your kindness and concern mean a very great deal to me and to my family and my team.  
 

At this end of the month a Children's Virtual Parliament powered by Microsoft will be held ahead of COP26.  650 Child MPs, from primary schools across Britain, made up of children between 7 and 11 years of age will be debating their views on a range of issues including climate change, the Covid-19 response and technology. Eastbourne & Willingdon’s  representative is young Millie from Motcombe Primary School. I’m very looking forward to meeting her.  
 
It says a great deal that this very initiative was championed and promoted by none other than Sir David who contacted me and MPs across the country to get involved.  
 
His legacy lives.  

WEEK IN WESTMINSTER 

The House took time to reflect on the life of Sir David, and I joined colleagues in a service at St Margaret’s Westminster later that evening, we also came together to remember the life of another colleague James Brokenshire. He helped me back in my first term with a series of cases as Minister for Immigration.
 
A debate on the future of post offices was also held in Westminster Hall. I took the opportunity to speak with the Business Minister – Paul Scully – on the situation in Meads and sought a further update from the Post Office. I spoke with a number of businesses in recent weeks in Meads Street about how we can retain this important community facility.
 
Of particular significance was the passing of the Environment Bill this week. This landmark bill will help drive improvement in our air quality, recycling and natural environment too. I sat on the bill committee in its early stages back in early 2020 especially on how we can improve air quality – a particular interest to our town. The bill will create a new regulator, the Office for Environmental Protection will hold Government accountable for delivering a raft of metrics.
 
Although I was unable to speak in the debate this Thursday on the menopause – I am putting pen to paper to my Ministerial colleague and next door MP neighbour! – about how we can support women through this change in their lives. Ahead of the debate a number were in touch with personal stories and I will certainly be taking this further.

 
  VACCINATIONS 

Eastbourne stepped up when the vaccine was rolled out earlier this year and this programme is estimated to have saved 100,000 lives in England. As we heard from the Health Secretary just this week it is important to take up the offer a booster vaccine. Evidence has shown that there is some waning of immunity – but still two jabs is better than none – and the autumn booster campaign has been launched to top up this vital protection.
 
Although the NHS will be inviting people six months since their second dose you can call 119 or book online:
http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination

 
Also if you have not taken up your first dose you can also come forward using the same link.
 
On the flu vaccine the Government is committed to rolling out 30 million doses nationwide as part of its covid winter plan to alleviate pressure on the NHS. Your GP will be in touch if you are eligible. Pharmacies are also offering this. I spoke with local NHS leaders who informed me supplies continue to be good and are being distributed across Sussex.

LATERAL FLOW TESTS - OUR NEW NORMAL
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. 

Recent openings will inevitably mean more cases, but free testing for those without symptoms is an important new line of defence to protect our recovery.  I now 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 
at   https://maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/#/location/Eastbourne

LINKS TO USEFUL INFORMATION
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
 GRAND RE-OPENING OF SCOUT HUT  

Last week I thanked the 11th Eastbourne Scout Group for giving me such a lovely welcome. Here are just a few photos from The Grand Re-Opening of their Scout Hut in Priory Road.  

 REPORTING BACK 
Over the last two weeks my 8 page A5 magazine should have dropped through your door. If you have missed it and would like a digital copy drop me a line. Meanwhile, click on the image for a taster.
 HALLOWEEN MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING
Next Saturday I will be popping into The Hut in the Beacon Centre to join a MacMillan Coffee Morning organised by  prolific fund raisers Don and Abby McPhee. Knowing them, there will be plenty going on between 10.00am and 3.00pm. I am particularly looking forward to seeing the Ratton School Irish Dancers once again.

And finally...

Yesterday I was in the Town Centre continuing our a survey looking into hospital transport. This was covered by the BBC and you can see their report at 
https://www.facebook.com/CarolineAnsellEastbourne/videos/600578061089347

Later, I attended the official opening of the Friends of Eastbourne Hospital  Annual Autumn Exhibition at St Andrew's Prep School, Meads. It is open today and tomorrow from 10.00am to 4.00pm and is well worth a visit.  More on these next week.

This morning, I am back to knocking on doors as it is so important to get your views on the current issues of the day. 

Maybe I will be knocking on your door? If not, until next time, take good care and keep in touch,


 






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