Home secretary Teresa May visited Eastbourne last night (Friday) to meet local police officers and pledge her support to Tory MP hopeful Caroline Ansell.
The first stop for the government minister, who was born in Eastbourne, was meeting officers at the Hammonds Drive Police Response Centre and she also spent more than half a hour chatting to police and partners including Refuge about the issues of domestic violence in the town.
After that she was driven to the Eastbourne Prayer Centre in Lismore Road to meet with the team of street pastors who provide a comforting ear and practical help to people out late and in the early hours in the town.
Her final date for the night was at a drinks reception at the Cavendish Hotel where she met local Conservative Association members.
The home secretary, who has been at the forefront of a campaign to get more women involved in politics, told the Herald she was delighted Mrs Ansell was the prospective parliamentary candidate for Eastbourne in next year’s General Election.
For more pictures and a full report see Tuesday’s Gazette.