Home secretary Teresa May paid a flying visit to Eastbourne last Friday.
The Conservative politician, who is not only known for supporting women but also her love of shoes, was primarily in town to pledge her support for Caroline Ansell, who has been chosen by the local association to fly the Tory flag up against Stephen Lloyd in next year’s general election.
She also visited the Hammonds Drive Response Centre where she met police officers, senior detectives and other key agencies involved in combating domestic abuse and organisations which help victims and their families including Refuge.
She was welcomed to the station by senior officers including Chief Superintendent Neil Honnor, assistant chief constable Giles York and the Sussex Police Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne.
She spent more than 40 minutes chatting to staff about their work in dealing with incidents of domestic violence and was then driven to the Eastbourne Prayer Centre in Lismore Road where she met the team of street pastors who patrol the town late at night offering help and support to revellers who may be in trouble.
Her final date for the evening was at a drinks reception at the Cavendish Hotel organised by the Eastbourne Conservative Association where members paid £25 a ticket to hear her speak on a wide range of issues.
During her trip to Eastbourne, Teresa May told the Herald she was pleased to be back in the town where she was born and spent the first few years of her life as her father was the chaplain at All Saints’ Hospital in Meads.
She also pledged her support to Mrs Ansell, who also represents Meads on Eastbourne Borough Council.
“I am a staunch campaigner of getting women involved in politics and I am delighted to see a good woman being selected here in Eastbourne,” the Home Secretary told the Herald, who also spoke about the recent sex trafficking gang which operated in the town.