Home Secretary Guests at Tory Dinner

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Rt Hon Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, was the guest speaker at the Erith and Thamesmead Conservative Association (ETCA) dinner held on Thursday evening (28 November) at the Danson Boathouse.

Among the guests at the sold out event were Conservative Candidates at the General Election, Rt Hon Sir David Evennett (Bexleyheath and Crayford), Joe Robertson (Erith and Thamesmead), Cllr Gareth Bacon AM (Orpington), and Bexley Council Leader, Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE. Cllr John Davey, Chairman of ETCA presided over the event.

Evennett launches re-election campaign

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Rt Hon Sir David Evennett launched his campaign to be re-elected to serve as Member of Parliament for Bexleyheath & Crayford in Bexleyheath today.

Sir David stated his national priorities were “to get Brexit done as a priority to implement the verdict of the people in the 2016 Referendum on EU Membership.  Then we need to concentrate on the people’s priorities like jobs and taxes, the NHS, education, transport and the environment.”

Sir David commented “if returned to Parliament I pledge to continue to speak up in the House of Commons for the interests of this constituency and to serve and represent our local community.   I will do all that I can to ensure that Bexleyheath & Crayford remains a good place to live, work and visit.”

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A programme for post-Brexit Britain

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Earlier today (14 October), a new Queen’s Speech was delivered which sets out the Government’s agenda. Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has warmly welcomed the speech and its contents, branding it as “an ambitious programme for post-Brexit Britain, which deals with the people’s priorities of crime and punishment, the NHS, education, the environment and immigration”. Sir David also intervened in the Prime Minister’s speech in the House of Commons today, commenting: “in my Borough of Bexley, people want Brexit done but then they want a One Nation Conservative Government going forward with all the other policies we’ve got in the Queen’s Speech for the benefit of all the people”.

The Government intends to deliver Brexit to end the uncertainly of delay and indecision, which the Queen reaffirmed in the speech, stating that the “Government’s priority has always been to secure the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union on 31 October”. The Queen then went on to set out the Government’s domestic agenda which consisted of a package of 26 Bills. There will now be several days of debate before the measures are put to MPs for a vote.

Some of the measures announced in the Government’s legislative programme include:

  • The end free movement and the introduction of a new fair, modern and global immigration system.
  • Legislation to deal with foreign national offenders more effectively, increasing the maximum penalty for those who return to the UK in breach of a deportation order.
  • A Medicines and Medical Devices Bill to ensure our NHS has faster access to innovative medicines.
  • The Government will bring forward substantive proposals to fix the crisis in adult social care, giving people the dignity and security they deserve.
  • A Sentencing Bill to change the automatic release point from halfway to two-thirds for adult offenders serving sentences of four years or more for serious violence or sexual offences.
  • A landmark Environment Bill to protect our planet for generations to come – including a new Office for Environmental Protection, more local powers to tackle air pollution and charges for specified single use plastic items.
  • The Government will publish a White Paper on the recommendations of the Williams Review – the first comprehensive review of railways in a generation, putting passengers at the heart of the railway.

The full text of the Queen’s Speech can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/queens-speech-2019

New Priest for Slade Green

Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, and his wife Marilyn were pleased to join guests at the Licensing and Installation of Rev Jim Bennett at St Augustine Church in Slade Green on Sunday afternoon (6 October). The service also included a number of hymns and readings.

After Rev Bennett was licensed by the Rt Rev Simon Burton-Jones, Bishop of Tonbridge, he was then installed by the Ven Dr Paul Wright, Archdeacon of Bromley and Bexley as the new Priest in charge.

After the ceremony, Sir David and Marilyn joined other guests, including the Mayor of Bexley, Cllr Geraldene Lucia-Hennis, in the church hall for refreshments and a buffet. Sir David welcomed Rev Bennett on behalf of the community and expressed how he looked forward to working together for the benefit of the people in the parish.

Pictured left to right: Lady Evennett, Ven Dr Paul Wright, Cllr Geraldene Lucia-Hennis, Rt Rev Simon Burton-Jones, Rev Jim Bennett, Rt Hon Sir David Evennett MP, Peter Lucia-Hennis.

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Friends Hold AGM


The Friends of St Paulinus Church held their Annual General Meeting on Saturday afternoon (5 October) in the church hall in Crayford. Members were joined by Rt Hon Sir David Evennett MP, Bexley Mayor Cllr Geraldine Lucia-Hennis, and Crayford Councillor Christine Bishop.

Chairman Dorothy Pennington-Jones ran the proceedings and reported on another successful year for the Friends with fundraising and social events, and highlighted the popularity of the annual Quiz Night. Treasurer John Holbrook presented the audited accounts and spoke about the projects the Friends had funded to help preserve the historic and ancient church building.

After the formal proceedings had been concluded members and guests enjoyed tea and homemade cakes.

Officers elected for 2019/20 were:

Chairman: Dorothy Pennington-Jones

Vice Chairman and Secretary: Alan Baxter

Treasurer: John Holbrook

Membership Secretary: Margaret Drew

Pictured are the Officers, Committee members and guests.

Evennett gives strong backing to PM’s new Brexit proposals


Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has expressed his “strong support” for the Prime Minister’s new proposals on Brexit.

The new proposals focus on five main principles:

  • The Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement must be respected and the peace process protected.
  • UK/Ireland cooperation will continue and there must be no checks at or near the Northern Ireland border. This means that there must be a special arrangement for Northern Ireland to provide flexibility for all parties to deal with the land border between the UK and EU.
  • To ensure the integrity of the EU’s Single Market, there will be an all-island regulatory zone in Ireland covering Sanitary and phytosanitary and agrifood as well as manufacturing goods.
  • The zone must depend on the democratic consent of those affected – the people of Northern Ireland through the Assembly and Executive.
  • To maintain the territorial integrity of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland must remain part of the UK customs territory. The UK will not be part of a customs union with the EU, but there will be sensible cooperation on customs between the UK and EU to avoid checks at the border.

The Prime Minister will now speak to key leaders to work out a detailed legal treaty before the UK leaves the EU on 31 October.

Sir David commented: “I welcome and strongly support the Prime Minister’s sensible and reasonable proposals and compromises. These proposals offer a real chance for a deal with the EU while respecting the Referendum result of 2016.

“The UK must leave the EU at the end of this month and we now need to see compromise on all sides now to ensure we leave with a deal”.

Commuters buy cake and coffee to support charity

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Commuters and local residents on their way to Barnehurst station on Friday morning (27 September) were able to stop in the front garden of Anne Rawlings’ home to purchase coffee and homemade cake as part of the MacMillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event.


Anne, together with Hilary Haslam & Ruth Smith, manned the stall outside her Barnehurst Road home from early morning before returning to the kitchen to continue the coffee morning inside where many members of local community supported.


Rt Hon Sir David Evennett MP and his wife Lady Evennett were among the attendees of the charity event which made £900.


Evennett guests at Bexleyheath Business Breakfast


Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford and Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party, was the guest speaker at a business breakfast this morning (20 September).

The event was hosted by Pete Marshall and Joy Zarine at The Kings Arms in Bexleyheath Broadway and attended by a wide range of local businesses. The event offers a chance for Bexley business owners to network and share best practice.

Sir David spoke about his new role as Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party and how he has been going round the country meeting with businesses to listen to their issues and concerns to raise with relevant Ministers. He also spoke about the importance of small and medium sized businesses to the economy of Bexley, as well as social mobility and ensuring everyone has the same opportunities to reach their full potential. He then took a number of questions from attendees on subjects ranging from Brexit to skills and training.

Evennett re-adopted as Conservative Party Candidate

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Pictured: Bexleyheath & Crayford Chairman Cllr Howard Jackson (L) congratulating Rt Hon Sir David Evennett (R) after the re-adoption has been confirmed.

Last night, (19th September) at a meeting of the Bexleyheath & Crayford Executive a vote was held to decide on the re-adoption of Rt Hon Sir David Evennett MP as the Conservative Party candidate for Bexleyheath & Crayford at the next General Election.

Sir David spoke passionately on what an honour it had been for him to serve the community in which he lives. He highlighted his previous work in Government and the responsibilities he’s carrying out now in his new role as the Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party. He pointed to the enthusiasm being picked up locally and across the country for the new Boris Johnson government, and expressed his desire to take the fight to Labour directly to ensure Jeremy Corbyn never gets the keys to Number 10 and explained how detrimental to Britain a Corbyn led government could be.

Sir David then proceeded to take questions from the members present. The Executive subsequently voted in favour of re-adopting Sir David as our candidate and thanked him for his continued dedication and service to our association, to our constituency, and most importantly to our country.