With the tennis tournament cancelled, the Government needs to support Eastbourne.

I will seek additional government financial support to help the town’s hospitality industry following the cancellation of Eastbourne’s tennis tournament.

The event from 21-27 June has been hit by the Coronavirus outbreak in what is a severe blow to the town’s hotel, restaurant and tourism sectors.

This is the biggest single event in Eastbourne every year and its cancellation is a huge blow to the everyone who is involved in making it the great success it has always been.

We now have a potentially very serious situation here in the town with many business owners wondering how they can survive. The government has put in place support for many industries, including hospitality, but this to my mind is now a special case.

I will be speaking to the Treasury in the coming days following this cancellation. Resources are undoubtedly tight but I will make a strong case to ministers.

In the meantime, our hoteliers and the wider hospitality industry is in touch with me about the issues and challenges, and what could be reasonably and practically done to help right now.