The Bexleyheath and District Club for the Disabled held their Annual Dinner on Saturday evening (19 January), at their clubhouse in Barton Close, Bexleyheath.
Among the guests attending were the Mayor of Bexley, Cllr Brian Bishop, and Members of Parliament, Rt Hon Sir David Evennett MP (Bexleyheath and Crayford) and Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP (Old Bexley and Sidcup).
Guests enjoyed a three course meal, a fundraising raffle and speeches from the Mayor and Club Chairman, Roger Forward.
Last night I voted against the PM’s EU Withdrawal Agreement, as I believe the deal presented did not deliver the Brexit that the people of Bexleyheath and Crayford voted for, particularly with the proposed backstop which is not in the national interest.
Under the agreement, the UK could be forced to remain subject to EU rules and control for many years to come if the backstop was implemented. We would have no right to unilaterally depart and would need all EU states to agree – this cannot be a sensible position from a legal perspective to voluntarily put ourselves in. Without the right to unilaterally leave, an end date is essential to ensure we do exit the EU and it is concerning that the EU have so far been reluctant to give concessions on this simple matter. Therefore, yesterday I signed an amendment to the Withdrawal Agreement which would have ensured the backstop came to an end on 31 December 2021. Unfortunately, the Government did not support this approach and the Speaker did not call the amendment.
In addition, under the Agreement we would pay the EU £39bn upfront with nothing in return, and we would not be able to implement trade deals until we are completely out of the EU. The UK would in fact still be part of the EU and subject to the vast majority of their rules and regulations, and yet not have any say or vote on those rules or regulations. The PM’s claim that the Agreement would take back control of our money, our borders, and our laws should be treated with caution until the actual terms of the final deal are known, and it would not settle the Brexit issue because it leaves the most divisive issues to be resolved until after we have left.
We need to be tougher and get a better negotiated deal from the EU. I am determined to ensure that the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019 and that the Referendum result of 2016 is implemented in line with the will of the people.
Rt Hon Sir David Evennett MP attended an Investiture at Buckingham Palace yesterday (Thursday 20 December) held by HRH the Prince of Wales to receive the Honour of Knighthood. Sir David was accompanied by his wife Marilyn and their two sons.
At the formal ceremony Sir David was presented to Prince Charles and then had to kneel on a Velvet Investiture Stool to receive the Accolade, which is bestowed using the King George VI sword. He was then invested with the Insignia of the Award.
Afterwards Sir David said “it was a really wonderful and unforgettable occasion to share with my close family and it was a privilege to meet and speak with His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales.”
Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, paid a visit to the Royal Mail delivery office in Bexleyheath this morning to see first-hand the operation of delivering Christmas post, and to pass on his Christmas wishes to the postmen and women at their busiest time of year.
Sir David was shown around the site by Deputy Line Manager, Donna Barrett, and was introduced to the postmen and women who are working hard doing their bit to sort and deliver all the cards and parcels locally in the run-up to Christmas in 11 days.
The Festive Season is Royal Mail’s busiest period, as millions of people shop online for gifts as well as sending Christmas cards and parcels. Royal Mail also plays a key role in e-commerce for many businesses sending goods to customers throughout Christmas shopping season.
Sir David commented: “it’s a pleasure to visit the delivery office today to meet and chat with the postmen and women, and to thank them for delivering our mail services throughout the year, in all weathers, but particularly this month during the busy festive season”.
Ms Barrett, said: “our postmen and women will be working extremely hard to deliver Christmas parcels, cards, letters and parcels. We are grateful that Sir David visited the office to see our operation and to support the team”.
Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, was the guest of honour and speaker at the Bexley Ladies’ Christmas Luncheon earlier today (Thursday 13 December) at the Marriott Hotel in Bexleyheath.
Members and their guests enjoyed a two course traditional Christmas dinner, followed by a special Christmas raffle. Sir David delivered a short speech about the current political scene, including Brexit and the Government’s November Budget. He also thanked the ladies for all their hard work and fundraising activities for the Conservative Party over the past year.
Miss Coral Stirling-Webb, the President of Bexley Conservative Ladies Luncheon Club was in the Chair. Among the guests included Lady Evennett, Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE (Leader of Bexley Council), Mrs Cathy Brokenshire, and local Councillors.
Yesterday (10 December) it was announced there would be an additional delay to the opening of the Crossrail until at least 2020, and that it would be even further over budget. The line had originally been due to open this month, but was recently postponed to autumn 2019. The Government has agreed a £1.3 billion package with the Mayor of London to help get it up and running as soon as possible
Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has expressed his fury at the delay. He commented: “this further delay is appalling and a huge disappointment for our area. As I have said many times before, the new Elizabeth Line will provide an alternative to local rail users. Crossrail is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London and the Mayor of London therefore needs to get a grip on this to avoid further problems and he has some serious questions to answer”.
Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, spoke in the debate yesterday (6 December) in the House of Commons on the proposed Withdrawal Agreement with the EU.
Sir David expressed his frustrations at the “doom and gloom” of others on the topic of Brexit, and highlighted the fantastic opportunities that Brexit presents to the UK and how it must be embraced in order to be successful.
However, whilst he welcomed some of contents in the Political Declaration, particularly that we should be working towards “no tariffs, fees, charges or quantitative restrictions across all sectors”, he did raise serious concerns about the proposed backstop in the Withdrawal Agreement. Sir David commented:
“It is a real problem. We want a deal that gets us out and we want to have good relations with Europe, because Europe is home to our neighbours and trading partners. We want to do business with them, but we do not want to be their prisoner before we can make the trade deals that we need with the countries of the world. Let me use the example that I used in a meeting with the Prime Minister. If I am buying a house, I want a completion date. I do not want to give over the money—in this case, the £39 billion—without an end date. We want a completion date, so I am really concerned about the backstop.”
“I am concerned that Northern Ireland would be treated differently from the rest of the country. It is not acceptable to separate one country that is part of our United Kingdom. Negotiation requires compromise, but for me the backstop is a step too far and leaves uncertainty as the central feature of our negotiations and the conclusion of our exit from the EU.”
“Let me conclude with this thought. Will the withdrawal agreement allow Britain to take control of its laws, its money and its borders? If not, there is something wrong with it. If it does, we should support it. However, if the backstop is not looked at and dealt with, and if there is no end date, the deal is flawed.”
Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, paid a visit to the refurbished Vintage Lindy Lou’s Tea Room at Waterside, Crayford yesterday afternoon (Thursday 29 November) to chat with the new owners, mother and daughter Fay and Ella Blake, and enjoy lunch.
The tea room reopened for business on Saturday 24 November and is currently open 10am-5pm. They have a Royal Navy chef on board, making fresh soup daily, as well as oven baked jacket potatoes, paninis, sandwiches, and omelettes with a range of different fillings.
There is also a wide selection of loose leaf tea, including most options from English Breakfast tea through to Gin and Tonic green tea, and of course a magnificent selection of cakes.
Sir David commented: “the Tea Room looks fantastic following its makeover, with a number of interesting memorabilia on display from the 1930s-40s. Fay and Ella have done a brilliant job and have also introduced an impressive new menu.”
Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has supported amendments to the Finance Bill to bring forward the reduction of the maximum stake for fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs).
The current maximum stake is £100, and the Government currently plan to reduce this to £2 in October 2019. However, the amendment backed by Sir David would see this being brought forward to April 2019.
The changes follow a 12 week public consultation in which the respondents overwhelmingly supported a significant reduction in FOBT stakes. Sir David has long campaigned for the reduction, and worked on the issue during his time as the Acting Minister for Sport, Tourism and Heritage. During the recent debate on the Budget, he highlighted his disappointment that the reduction in the maximum stake wasn’t due to come into force sooner.
Sir David commented: “We have a duty to protect the most vulnerable who are exposed to significant losses, which can cause harm to both the individual and their families. I therefore fully support these amendments and believe leaving the maximum stake at £100 until next October is unacceptable.”