Welcome Breakthrough on Brexit

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Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, welcomed the breakthrough on Brexit yesterday evening (29 January) in the House of Commons following a series of votes on differing amendments.

Sir David signed and voted for Sir Graham Brady’s amendment, which was: “requires the Northern Ireland backstop to be replaced with alternative arrangements to avoid a hard border; supports leaving the European Union with a deal and would therefore support the Withdrawal Agreement subject to this change.”

The Prime Minister backed the amendment, and with the support of the Government it passed by 317 votes to 301.

Sir David commented: “I welcome the PM’s decision to back this constructive amendment and am delighted that the House of Commons voted to give the PM a mandate to renegotiate the EU Withdrawal Agreement to seek legally binding changes. I was also pleased that those trying to thwart Brexit were defeated in other Labour backed amendments. The UK must leave the EU on 29 March 2019 and I am confident the PM will be able to achieve progress on the deal.”

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Republic Day of India Celebrated

 

IMG_1273.jpgRt Hon Sir David Evennett MP and Bexley Mayor Cllr Brian Bishop were the guests of honour at the Republic Day of India celebrations held at Townley Road school in Bexleyheath on Saturday (29 January).

The entertaining and enjoyable event consisted of speeches, acting and dancing, as well as a children’s fancy dress competition. There were also discussions on issues including mental health and cultural values. Organised by the Yog Foundation, the evening concluded with a special Indian dinner.

The guest speaker was Hindol Sengupta, an author who has just published a biography of former Indian deputy Prime Minister Sandar Patel (The Man who saved India). Mr Segupta spoke about the life and times of his subject, answered questions and signed copies of his book.

Afterwards Sir David commented: “it was a really well organised and successful event, and a great opportunity to meet members of the community in a social environment and discuss a number of really serious issues. It was also interesting to learn about Sander Patel, who was such an important member of the pre-independence movement in India.”

MP signs Brexit amendment

Profile PicRt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has signed the amendment to the EU Withdrawal Act put forward by Andrew Murrison MP that states:

At end, add “and insists that the EU Withdrawal Agreement be amended so that the backstop shall expire on 31 December 2021”.

Sir David signed a similar amendment submitted by Mr Murrison to the Withdrawal Agreement earlier this month, which would have also ensured the Northern Ireland backstop came to an end on 31 December 2021, although that amendment was not called by the Speaker of the House for debate.

Sir David commented: “there are many positive aspects of the Withdrawal Agreement the PM has secured, and whilst I appreciate the need for compromise, an open-ended backstop that could keep us tied to EU rules and regulations indefinitely is a step too far. This simple amendment to provide an end date on the backstop would resolve this problem, and I very much hope the Speaker will now allow Parliament to debate this”.

Bexleyheath and District Disabled Club’s annual dinner

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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.

The EU Withdrawal Agreement

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Speaking in the debate on the Withdrawal Agreement (© Parliamentary Recording Unit)

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.

Sir David attends Palace Investiture

 

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Pictured at the Palace Rt Hon Sir David Evennett MP and Lady Evennett

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.”

Evennett visits delivery office to see festive operations

 

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Pictured with Steve Westerman and Donna Barrett

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”.

Evennett guest of honour at Conservative Ladies’ Christmas Lunch

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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.

Evennett furious at further Crossrail delay

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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”.