Tory chairman given a tour of the town

Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps MP visited Eastbourne and was shown the town by parliamentary candidate Cllr Caroline Ansell. They are with local Party members who were collecting signatures for a petition for a EU referendum. July 4th 2013 E27225P

Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps MP visited Eastbourne and was shown the town by parliamentary candidate Cllr Caroline Ansell. They are with local Party members who were collecting signatures for a petition for a EU referendum. July 4th 2013 E27225P

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Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps, met up with Caroline Ansell, prospective MP for Eastbourne and Willingdon, last week at Bankers Corner.

There they canvassed the public ahead of the vote on James Wharton’s Private Members Bill, which sought to commit an EU referendum to law.

The vote was held on July 5 and the motion was defeated in the Commons by 483 votes to 111.

At the time, Caroline said, “The referendum could be one step closer. The sitting MP has the opportunity on Friday in Westminster to play his part in securing a vote for the 70,000 voters in Eastbourne and Willingdon.

“If he were to vote in favour that would seem like a good day’s work to me. Our membership of The EU is arguably the biggest political question of our time and we really need to have a national conversation, in a responsible and balanced manner, that for once people can have a direct say in …why deny us that chance?”

Later in the afternoon Caroline Ansell presented the result of at the canvass to the office of sitting MP Stephen Lloyd, urging him to vote in favour of an EU referendum.

Following the street canvass, Caroline and Grant visited the Enterprise Shopping Centre to tour this example of success story by independent traders.

They then visited The Old Print Works in Wharf Road – former site of the Gazette & Herald – which is nearing the completion of its renovation to see a ‘Back to Work’ Seminar in progress and to see how this new premises is providing an opportunity for business start-ups and a new home to Co-Hub.

After the visit Caroline said, “I was so impressed with the transformation going on at The Old Printworks where they are creating a really exciting workspace and great opportunities for local entrepreneurs.”