EASTBOURNE MP Stephen Lloyd narrowly missed out on a top award in recognition of his efforts to promote the town’s world-class tennis tournament.
Mr Lloyd was a close second in the prestigious Sports Parliamentarian of the Year award following the work he put in to support the AEGON International tennis tournament held at the Devonshire Park in June.
He said, “It was a tremendous honour to be recognised in light of the huge success we had in Eastbourne this year promoting the AEGON International tennis tournament.
“My motive was to engage the town and exploit business opportunities locally. We will continue to build on the success in 2012, and who knows, maybe next year I might win!”
Mr Lloyd was beaten to the first prize by John Woodcock, MP for Barrow and Furness, who was announced as the winner at the end of year awards ceremony in the House of Commons.
John Woodcock impressed the judges with his Protect Our Bowling Greens campaign that attracted attention from his constituency, the Government,and the general public.
Lloyd has also been active on Woodcock’s campaign, signing his Early Day Motion and taking part in a game of bowls on College Green opposite the Palace of Westminster, with Eastbourne resident Mrs Stephens of Eastbourne Bowls Club.
Woodcock also mentioned Lloyd in his acceptance speech, after he proposed the formation of a Parliamentary bowls team, made up of MPs and Lords, suggesting that they come to Eastbourne in the New Year, to continue to highlight the campaign.
Former England cricket captain Alec Stewart OBE, who formed part of the awarding panel said, “All the candidates should be congratulated for the work they’ve done.
“It is really encouraging to hear the different ways in which our politicians have lent support to their local clubs and governing bodies of sport.”