MP and Mayor Join 100th Birthday Celebration

Rt Hon David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, and Cllr Peter Reader, the Mayor of Bexley, paid a visit to Groveland Park Care Home in Barnehurst  on Friday afternoon (16 February) to help celebrate the 100th birthday of local resident Tom Jones.

Mr Evennett and Cllr Reader were both honoured to be guests at Tom’s birthday gathering where they celebrated this significant milestone. Mr Evennett spoke with Tom and his guests about his long life and the many experiences he has had.

Mr Jones can be seen pictured with Mr Evennett and the Mayor.

With Tom Jones at 100th birthday February 2018


Friends hold fund raising Quiz Night

Friends Quiz Night 10 February 2018Rt Hon David Evennett MP and Cllr Howard Marriner were among the participants at the Friends of St Paulinus fundraising Quiz Night held on the evening of Saturday 10th February in the Crayford church hall.  The event was organised and run by Friends’ Treasurer, John Holbrook, who was the quiz master for the evening.  He was assisted by his wife, Lesley, and his family members.  Quiz questions included food, sport, music, films, current affairs and pot luck.  Friends’ Chairman, Dorothy Pennington-Jones, ran the raffle and gave the vote of thanks.

Pictured are Chairman, Dorothy Pennington-Jones with David and Marilyn Evennett’s team.


Evennett concern at Mayor’s London Plan


Rt Hon David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has responded to the Labour Mayor of London’s consultation on the ‘New London Plan’.

Mr Evennett expressed his concerns on density ranges, the removal of targets for family homes, the reduction of parking provisions, the Plan’s encouragement of ‘garden grabbing’, and the significant increase of the annualised housing targets in Bexley.

Mr Evennett commented: “London is a uniquely diverse city, and the Mayor’s New London Plan in its current form fails to recognise issues that affect specific areas.

“Bexley does not fall within the TfL train network, and motor vehicles are essential to many residents for work, social and family reasons, and it therefore cannot be right to reduce parking provisions in such a dramatic way without exception.

“Whilst we need to build more homes, it is vital that local infrastructure such as school placements, spaces at GP surgeries, and public transport, also improves simultaneously. It is therefore irresponsible to increase Bexley’s annualised housing target from 446 to 1245 without any details of how the required additional infrastructure will be delivered.

“I am also concerned about the Plan’s density ranges for houses, the lack of targets for family homes, and garden developments. We must deliver more family homes without the loss of vital green spaces and areas for children to play.

“The Mayor’s London Plan will affect Bexley adversely, and I urge local residents to participate in the consultation before it closes on 2nd March”.

Information on the New London Plan and how to respond can be found at:

Celebrating 100 years since Parliament gave Women the vote

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Tuesday (6 February) marks the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, in which Parliament gave the vote to Women property owners over the age of 30.

The Conservatives have a long history of promoting women in politics – the first woman to sit in the House of Commons was a Conservative MP (Nancy Astor), and the Conservatives were also the first Party in the western world to elect a female Prime Minister (Margaret Thatcher).

At the Spring Budget last year, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced £5million of funding to help celebrate this significant day, which will also be used to encourage women into public life and representing political Parties at all levels.

In Bexley, local MP, Rt Hon David Evennett, has welcomed the celebrations, and commented: “the Conservatives have a proud record of promoting women in politics, and I have been privileged to represent my home constituency in Parliament under the premierships of the only two female Prime Ministers in British history – my political hero, Margaret Thatcher, and our current PM, Theresa May. Locally we have many women in leading roles across the community – including members of our local Conservatives”.

Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE, who is currently serving her 10th year as Leader of Bexley Council, said: “it’s a great honour to be able to represent others and make a difference to the place you live and I encourage others to get involved”.

Coffee after campaign for local Conservatives

IMG_2594.JPGBarnehurst Branch Conservatives held a social and fundraising coffee morning on Saturday (2 February) at the Barnehurst home of Rt Hon David Evennett MP and his wife Marilyn.

They were joined after the morning campaigning session by political activists including Association Chair Mark Brooks, Deputy Chairs Maureen King and Cllr Brad Smith, and Barnehurst Branch Officers Cllr Brian Bishop and Howard Jackson.

Coffee, cake and conversation, together with a traditional Tory raffle were enjoyed by all present.


Evennett meets Count Them In campaign


Count Them In.jpgRt Hon David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, attended the Royal British Legion’s Parliamentary event yesterday afternoon (30 January) in Portcullis House to learn about the ‘Count Them In’ campaign.

Estimates suggest there are between 6.5million and 6.7million members of the Armed Forces community living in the UK, representing about a tenth of the population. However, little is currently known about the exact numbers, location and needs of this significant group.

The Royal British Legion are calling for a new question to be added to the next census in 2021 concerning membership of the Armed Forces. They argue that inclusion of this topic in the next census would provide public bodies, local authorities, and charities with valuable information to ensure they are able to deliver the best services they can for our Armed Forces community.

Mr Evennett met with representatives from the Royal British Legion to discuss the campaign further, and commented: “we are all incredibly grateful for the sacrifices and tremendous service members of the Armed Forces give to our country. It was good to hear more about the Count Them In campaign”.

Charles Byrne, Director-General of The Royal British Legion, said: “as a nation we promise to provide lifelong care and support for those who serve our country. By including the Armed Forces community in the 2021 Census, we can help public bodies and charities deliver the best services they can for our Armed Forces community, when and where it is needed most”.

National Conservative Campaign Director visits Bexleyheath

Conservative Party Campaign Director, Darren Mott, attended a sell-out event at the Bexleyheath Conservative Club yesterday evening (29 January).

Mr Mott spoke to local members about his long career working for the Conservative Party, which began in Bexleyheath in the mid-1990s where he completed his training as an Election Agent.

The Bexleyheath and Crayford Association Chairman, Mark Brooks, introduced Mr Mott, with Rt Hon David Evennett MP delivering the vote of thanks.IMG_3121.JPG

David Evennett MP attends local India Republic Day Event

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Rt Hon David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, was among the special guests at the ‘Vande Maalaram’ India Republic Day Event held at Townley Girls Grammar School on Saturday evening (27 January).

Also present were Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, Bexley Mayor, Cllr Peter Reader and Mayoress Mrs Irene Reader. Mr Evennett delivered a short address on the cultural and historic ties between India and the UK.

The event included a discussion forum on crime and burglary, a traditional Indian dance performance, and heroes of Indian Fancy Dress competition, and a yoga display.

Mr Evennett commented: “I was delighted to attend an outstanding community event and congratulate all the organisers and participants”.

Bexley Rugby Club Praised in Commons

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On Saturday evening, Bexley RFC held a 60th Anniversary Gala Dinner in the Applegarth Suite at the Marriott Hotel, Bexleyheath. The guest speaker was former England Rugby Union international, Jeff Probyn.

Among the guests at the black tie event was local MP, Rt Hon David Evennett. Mr Evennett chatted with current and former members of Bexley RFC, and subsequently took the opportunity to highlight this significant anniversary in the House of Commons on Wednesday (24 January) during Prime Minister’s Question Time.

Mr Evennett asked the Prime Minister: “Will my right honourable friend join me in congratulating Bexley Rugby Club on its 60th anniversary, and agree with me that the pursuit of sport is good for health and wellbeing?”

The Prime Minister responded: “I am happy to endorse what my right honourable friend says about sport, and indeed to join him in congratulating Bexley Rugby Club on this significant anniversary. I am sure that over all those years it has given many young people and others an introduction to the joy of sport and the way that sport can be both good for the community and for society, and for the individuals, so I am happy to endorse his claim.”