Well, the Jubilee weekend proved to be something special. The weather was kind to us, with the rain
mainly falling at night, which allowed celebrations to take place in the sunshine. Cllr Steve Holt and the
Eastbourne BID team did a wonderful job of decorating the town centre and organising the activities
in a car free Little Chelsea. Whilst thousands watched the carnival which was organised by Mina
O’Brien and her wonderful team of volunteers. Plenty of street parties also took place, bringing
neighbours together to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and spend time together after two
years of Covid restrictions.
This Saturday sees the return of the Youth Market in Terminus Road. The first market which took
place last year was hugely successful. I remember there was a real buzz all through the town centre.
The young entrepreneurs and traders were selling a wide variety of food and hand made gifts. With
rides for the children and live music on stage, I am sure the carnival atmosphere will be maintained.
Last Sunday, following months of speculation, Sir Graham Brady, Chairman of the 1922, announced
that he had received 54 letters from Conservative M.P.s calling for a vote of no confidence in the
Prime Minister. The vote which took place on Monday evening saw Boris Johnson win but only by
211 votes to 148. Conservative party rules mean that he will not face another vote for at least a
year, but with more than 41% of his own M.P.s wanting to see him replaced, his authority must be
considerably weakened, which is not only bad news for him, but also for the country. Judging by the
reception that he received when arriving at the Queen’s thanksgiving service, when he was met with
boos and jeers from the crowd, those M.P.s who voted against him are much more in tune with the
public mood than those who saved his political skin. With former party Leader William Hague calling
Johnson’s position ‘unsustainable’, I don’t see this issue going away.