Home Secretary Teresa May attended the annual dinner of Wealden Conservatives at the East Sussex National Hotel, near Uckfield, on Friday evening.
About 200 members listened as Mrs May spoke on a range of Government and Home Office issues, including the police, immigration and the economy.
The dinner is Wealden Conservatives principal annual event and over the years speakers have included William Hague MP, Boris Johnson and the former Prime Minister, Sir John Major.
The dinner was organised by Claire Dowling who is the deputy chairman of Wealden Conservatives and a county councillor for Uckfield.
She said: “I was delighted with the dinner which was enjoyed by so many members. My thanks to Theresa May for coming to Wealden to meet members and support our dinner.
“Theresa was great and pleased to speak to many of the members who attended and to answer their questions on a range of topical Government and Home Office issues.”
*Local county councillor Chris Dowling was present when the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh officially opened the new county archives building at Falmer on Thursday afternoon.
Cllr Dowling, who represents Ridgewood, part of the Framfield and Horam Division, was among the official guests at The Keep, a new ‘state of the art’ archives building which is a joint project between East Sussex County Council, Brighton & Hove City Council and the University of Sussex.
Cllr Dowling attended the event in his role as the council’s cabinet member for community services which oversees the archives and records.