SOME 30 local business people had an audience with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg when he stopped off in Eastbourne on Wednesday afternoon.
At the invitation of town MP Stephen Lloyd, they were able to quiz Mr Clegg for more than an hour as he candidly answered questions in a forum held at the Grand Hotel. The threatened loss of services at the DGH, the upgrading of the A27, the under-funding of rail links into East Sussex and the concerns of local language schools were all subjects raised with the coalition deputy leader. Praised by his party leader for his work within the business community, Mr Lloyd said afterwards, “I’m delighted Nick Clegg was able to visit Eastbourne again and meet with 30 of our key business leaders. It’s important that he sees what we are all achieving in our town in spite of the difficult economic climate. was also pleased that we were able to bring to his attention the profound concerns we all have about the proposed downgrades at our local hospital. Eastbourne without its general hospital is not acceptable under any terms.” Photo by Nigel Greaves Media.