Crayford Tories BBQ

Crayford Conservatives BBQ July 2017

Crayford Conservatives held a social and fundraising BBQ on Saturday (22/7) at the Crayford home of Cllr Geraldene Lucia-Hennis. Chicken, sausages, cheese, together with wine and soft drinks were the order of the day.

Despite rain showers members enjoyed socialising and good political conversation. There was also a raffle.

Among those at the event were Rt Hon David Evennett MP and his wife Marilyn, local Councillors and branch members.

Diversity Day in Barnehurst

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Barnehurst Methodist Church held a Diversity Day in their Church hall on Saturday afternoon of 22nd July to celebrate the food, music and dance of a wide variety of local community groups. Apart from the formal speeches and entertainment the church members and community leaders were able to socialise over refreshments at the event and admire traditional cakes, dress, flags and musical instruments.

Rt Hon David Evennett MP and his wife Marilyn were among the invited guests who attended and Mr Evennett made a short address highlighting the vibrancy of diversity and the successes of local community groups across Bexley Borough.

New £10 note previewed in Parliament

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Rt Hon David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, joined the Bank of England Chief Cashier, Victoria Cleland, in Parliament on 19th July to help publicise the new £10 note. Mr. Evennett welcomed the new plastic £10 note, which has new security features and will be much more difficult to counterfeit. It will be issued on 14th September and will be cleaner, stronger and safer.

Mr Evennett commented “I am delighted that Jane Austen who is one of our great English authors is celebrated on the new note and particularly as we commemorate the 200th anniversary of her death.”

Evennett slams Labour Mayor’s proposals to close Bexleyheath Police Station

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Proposals to close the existing 24/7 front counter at Bexleyheath Police Station have been put forward by Labour London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, in a consultation document.

In this document, Bexleyheath Police Station would close and the service would be moved to Marlowe House in Sidcup.

Rt Hon David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has spoken out against the draft proposals. Mr Evennett commented: “I am very concerned by suggestion from the Labour Mayor of London that Bexleyheath Police Station could close and be sold.”

“This is an ill-thought proposal and I urge Mr Khan to reconsider. Bexleyheath Police Station is in the centre of our Borough and is easily accessible for residents. Closing this station counter would be unacceptable and very unwise, especially in view of current security concerns.”

Evennett welcomes £1.3billion boost to core schools budget

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Rt Hon David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has welcomed the Government’s announcement that there will be an additional £1.3billion for schools funding over two years.

Yesterday (17 July), Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for Education, announced the boost to the core schools budget, which will deliver the biggest improvement to the school funding system in over a decade. This additional funding to the fairer schools funding will mean an increase in the basic amount that every pupil will get, and no school will lose any money as a result of the new formula.

Mr Evennett commented: “school funding is at a record high because of the choices we have made to protect and increase school funding even as we faced difficult decisions elsewhere to restore our country’s finances. There are now 1.8million more pupils being educated in good or outstanding schools since 2010, and this announcement sends a clear message that we are committed to continuing to raise standards and giving every child the best possible education and opportunities for their future.”

Cancer Research UK’s Parliamentary Reception

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Rt Hon David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, attended a parliamentary event held by Cancer Research UK on Wednesday 12 July.

At the event, Mr Evennett met some of Cancer Research UK’s dedicated volunteer Campaign Ambassadors, and found out how many people in his constituency are diagnosed with cancer each year.

Mr Evennett commented: “one life lost to this terrible disease is one too many. Survival in the UK has doubled over the last 40 years and that is partly down to some of Cancer Research UK’s pioneering research. However, there is still more to do and I am delighted to be here today to show my support for Cancer Research UK’s driving mission to beat cancer sooner.”

Good News on Crayford Post Office

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Pictured left to right: Cllr Geraldene Lucia-Hennis, Rt Hon David Evennett MP, Cllr Christine Bishop, who have been at the forefront of the campaign to get the Post Office back into Crayford.

Rt Hon David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has welcomed the news that Crayford should get its Post Office back later this year. A six week local public consultation has begun today, and the Post Office are seeking views on the suitability of the proposed new location in Crayford Library.

Mr Evennett and local Councillors, Cllr Geraldene Lucia-Hennis, Cllr Christine Bishop, and Cllr John Davey, have campaigned hard to get the Post Office back in Crayford.

Following the announcement, Mr Evennett commented: “the town and its residents need and value a Post Office, and the last year has been difficult without one. I am delighted that the process of re-establishing the Post Office in Crayford has begun and I look forward to the opening in the autumn”.

Evennett visits Morleys in Bexleyheath

Rt Hon David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, paid a visit to the new Morleys department store in the Broadway Shopping Centre on Friday 7 July. Mr Evennett was greeted by David Hordle, Managing Director, and Sean Doyle, Store Manager, before touring the store.

Morleys have invested £3million in the Bexleyheath branch to create a modern shopping environment over two floors, and they have also employed over 100 staff.

Mr Evennett commented: “I’m delighted to have met Mr Hordle and Mr Doyle from Morleys to discuss the successes the store has enjoyed since opening in April, as well as their plans going forward”.

“They have made a significant investment, employed a number of local residents, and the department store has transformed the shopping experience in Bexleyheath. It’s great to have them here”.

Carers’ Trust Parliamentary Reception

Rt Hon David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, attended a Parliamentary Reception for the Carers’ Trust on Wednesday 5 July, which was held to mark the launch of their ‘Working for Carers’ programme.

Working for Carers is a focused carer support programme which will help some of London’s 689,000 unpaid carers who are unemployed to gain employment, retain jobs or support those returning to work after caring for a sick or disabled family member or friend.

Over three years, the Working for Carers programme will support 1250 carers aged 25+, providing individual support and action plans, one to one support, access to bespoke training programmes and sustainable peer support all aimed at increasing their self-esteem, skills and overall employability. Working for Carers is being delivered in partnership with Carers Trust and 24 carers organisations located across London, and is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund.