Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

Worthing West and East Arun Liberal Democrats welcome Eastbourne’s newest MP to ‘Sunny Worthing’

Press Release from the Worthing West Liberal Democrats

Last Friday night (25th February) local Lib Dems hosted their popular annual dinner at one on the town’s prestigious hotels.  This years guest speaker was Stephen Lloyd, Eastbourne’s Liberal Democrat MP.  The event was hosted by our own parliamentary candidate from 2010 Hazel Thorpe and local party President Michael Finch.  The 30 or so guests packed in to the delightful function suite at Worthing’s recently refurbished Beechwood Hall Hotel which has hosted many Lib Dem gatherings over the last 20 years, for this years’ annual celebration dinner. 

It was very appropriate choice of venue as our guest Stephen Lloyd himself, a business man before entering the Commons last May, is an active advocate of the Federation of Small Businesses, even though he has only been in Parliament for few months he is actively lobbying for residents in the South East on subjects such as finances for businesses.

During his thought provoking speech Stephen remarked that Eastbourne and Worthing have very similar demographics, numbers and facilities.  Eastbourne has four theatres, each being supported by the Council, but not under threat due to the Lib Dem-run Councils’ prudent use of salary reviews for its top layer of management. 

Stephen even claimed that Eastbourne was the sunniest spot on the south coast a fact disputed by the attentive audience of local party members and supporters from right across the constituency.

Hazel remarked,

“Stephen came across as a very dedicated and hardworking MP, to be expected of any Lib Dem, but he was also very sincere and acutely aware that power came from cohesive teams not individual egos.  As he said, anyone who supported him in his eight year quest to become Eastbourne’s MP shares his recent success.”

“He entertained his guests by his witty quips and little gems of the inside story at Number 10, and even admitted that he if he hadn’t had won, he would have had to resort to working as my butler and sleeping in the garage to pay his dues.”