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Fury over "favouritism" for Eastbourne

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

A Government minister came to the south coast today, after accusations that Eastbourne Pier was getting vital cash for a rebuild - at the expense of its neighbour, Hastings.

Both piers suffered devastating fires - Eastbourne last week, Hastings in 2010. But within days, the Prime Minister announced he was giving two million pounds for Eastbourne's rebuild.

Hastings had to go through the long process of a lottery application before public momey was forthcoming, leading to accusations from the Labour Party that the Tories were playing politics.

David Johns reports, speaking to Penny Mordaunt MP, and the Leader of Hastings Borough Council, Jeremy Birch.

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PM 'determined' to help Eastbourne businesses recover

David Cameron and George Osborne have seen first-hand the destruction wrought by a fire on Eastbourne Pier - as it was announced that the resort is to be given up to £2 million.

The Prime Minister and Chancellor visited the East Sussex seaside town two days after part of the 144-year-old structure was left a scorched shell.

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David Cameron and George Osborne have seen first-hand the destruction wrought by a fire on Eastbourne Pier Credit: John Ryall

"I know that the loss of one of Eastbourne's most prominent and well-loved landmarks will have hit the town hard and I am determined to do all I can to help local businesses recover."

– David Cameron

Downing Street give £2m to rebuild pier

Eastbourne will receive £2 million by the government to rebuild a pier that was destroyed by a fire.

David Cameron is due to make the official announcement today as he knows the fire on Eastbourne Pier will have 'hit the town hard', and pledged his support for local businesses.

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Number 10 will invest in the future of the Sussex pier Credit: PA

"The Government is absolutely committed to supporting coastal towns, and through our long-term economic plan we are creating jobs and boosting tourism.

Schemes like our Coastal Communities Fund are helping them to reach their full potential.

"I know that the loss of one of Eastbourne's most prominent and well-loved landmarks will have hit the town hard and I am determined to do all I can to help local businesses recover."

– – DAVID CAMERON MP, PRIME MINISTER
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