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This week I was in Manchester for the Conservative party conference. 
I wasn’t sure what to expect of a ‘hybrid’ digital and physical conference, but it exceeded my expectations and was hallmarked by real energy, purpose and direction. It also proved to be an excellent opportunity to meet with representatives from groups and organisations that make a difference in Eastbourne and Willingdon and across the whole of the UK.

I spent time with the Trussell Trust to talk about Universal Benefit changes and the Alzheimer’s society where I met Julie, who has early onset dementia; her testimony was so very powerful. Constituents from across the town had previously been in touch to ask me to visit a number of stands to engage with issues they are concerned about and I was pleased to do just that.

Among others, that included Cancer Research on diagnosis and treatment times, Guide Dogs to hear about their campaign on hazardous unregulated e-scooters on our pavements. And following up from my time with them in the Summer, I also met Scope at their fringe event, ‘levelling up employment prospects for all’ and will be working with them to open up more local opportunities for people here with disabilities. 

During my time at conference, I spoke to Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne and the Policing Minister Kit Malthouse about Safer Streets, which is particularly sensitive for us in light of an Eastbourne resident being charged with the murder of teacher Sabina Nessa.  I was very moved to see the candlelit images from the vigil held on the seafront on Tuesday and thank the organisers for creating an opportunity for people to come together.  
Eastbourne, Hastings and Brighton have just been awarded nearly £1million to underpin community safety. This includes support for our highly valued street pastors who give such sterling support to those out and about on a night in the town centre.
Continuing the law-and-order theme, I met with representatives from the Police Federation to discuss training and recruitment. This is a difficult time for the police in the light of the Sarah Everard murder where a serving police officer used his position to lure this young woman to her death. I welcome the Government’s independent inquiry into how this man was allowed to be in the Metropolitan Police. Policing is based on trust and in this moment, that trust has been severely weakened by what has happened. We need answers about vetting procedures, not least for the sake of the excellent police officers we have in service.

I very much enjoyed the Prime Minister’s speech to the conference. It recognised the challenges we face post-Brexit but he was confident in taking the country forward, levelling up, investing in skills, green technologies and productivity.

An important part of my job here in Eastbourne and Willingdon is to assist in that work to see that no-one is left behind, that good well-paid work is available locally and that training and education opportunities abound for those who need them.



Parliament is still in recess for the conference season.

This week the Conservative Party held their conference in Manchester
James was a true gentleman. He was kind and incredibly helpful to me on many occasions as the immigration minister when I needed assistance with local people facing deportation.

He was always quick to respond and he was quite rightly very well liked in Parliament by all sides for his integrity and friendliness.

His untimely passing is a sad loss to public life. His battle against cancer was bravely fought. My thoughts are with his family who must be devastated but also proud of a man who achieved much and made a difference.
When James really came through for one Eastbourne family:


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 

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

The impact of the pandemic on older people and in care homes in particular meant that Silver Sunday was more important than ever this year.  It is an opportunity to bring communities and generations together. It is a day for older people and their carers to feel valued and have some fun.

And there was fun at Three Gables in Hampden Park last Sunday! You may well have heard Elvis if you live in the vicinity!  Three Gables had invited their residents’ loved ones to join them for the afternoon in the garden with a wonderful Elvis impersonator and a delicious afternoon buffet with everyone’s favourites nibbles to enjoy.

It was a total delight to meet residents, families, staff and neighbours and we enjoyed bright blues skies and beautiful autumn sunshine right up to the very last song when the rain came down! Manager Jayshree has worked a stellar 46 years in care and with her very dedicated team has created a wonderful, warm home here. 

Silver Sunday, the national day for older people, takes place annually on 3rd October. It started 12 years ago as a response to the loneliness and isolation felt by so many of our older citizens. The day celebrates our older people for the contributions they have made to society.  It is a day of fun and free events taking place across the UK hosted by charities, community groups, youth movements (the Scouts even have a Silver Sunday badge!), Councils, businesses and individuals.

This week I have launched a call for evidence 

I want to hear from you on your experiences travelling between Hospitals within our NHS East Sussex Trust 
  • Do you drive, take the bus or another mode of transport? 
  • How much time does it take and how much does it cost you? 
  • Happy to share answers to questions like these? 
If the answer is yes  Then please click below and fill out my survey

Thank you - I really appreciate your time.

And finally...

Yesterday I had the pleasure of speaking at The Eastbourne Premier Breakfast Club and  Today I will be joining The 11th Eastbourne Scout Group at the Grand Re-Opening of their Scout Hut in Priory Road. On Sunday  I will be at the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s return to Eastbourne’s Congress Theatre.

My 8 page A5 colour booklet which communicates just some of my work and our government’s investment  began to drop on doormats across the constituency this week and today I will be out with my team helping to complete delivery.

If you live in Wannock or near Farmlands Avenue you may find one dropping on your doormat today!

Until next time, 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