EASTBOURNE MP Caroline Ansell says it’s been a busy week in Westminster.

She says: “This week in Westminster, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care made a statement on reforming the Mental Health Act.

The Secretary of State set out the compelling reasons why we must bring the Mental Health Act into the 21st century, and that the white paper published by the government on the 13th of January sets out plans for a landmark new Mental Health Act. I welcome this and will be working closely with those who deliver local services.

This week I have engaged with Ministers on a variety of issues, including the Paymaster General asking about dentists and contracts and furlough protections for new staff recruited between lockdowns. I spoke with Tourism Minister, Nigel Huddlestone on funding to promote Sussex as a visitor destination ahead of a staycation summer and the Minister for Housing on two issues, local planning issues, notably housebuilding targets, and on the threats associated with cladding and fire safety which is affecting forty – potentially more – buildings in Eastbourne. 

I was zoomed in to the Chamber of The House of Commons on Thursday to make a representation  in Department for International Trade questions. I asked the Minister about the plans for language schools, which are so important for Eastbourne.”