Evennett meets nurses in Parliament

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Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, attended a reception in Parliament earlier today (16 July) hosted by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). Sir David met with nursing staff and students delivering care across hospitals, care homes and community settings to learn more about their experiences.

Sir David spent time speaking with nurses from local hospital Queen Elizabeth (QEH), as well as other hospitals across London. He is pictured with nurses Andrea Wilson, Ann Muhammad, Noeleen Behan and Danielle Tiplady, as well as RCN President Professor Anne Marie Rafferty CBE. They spoke about staffing levels, agency staff, quality of care, and the change of leadership at QEH.

Sir David commented: “it was good to attend this event today and to meet some fantastic nurses providing vital frontline care, and to hear about their experiences working for the NHS. We are all incredibly grateful for the job they do.”

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Childhood obesity must stay high on political agenda

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Last Wednesday (3 July), Rt Hon Sir David Evennett MP attended an event in Parliament to support an event organised by the Obesity Health Alliance, a coalition of over 40 leading charities, medical royal colleges and campaign groups, to mark the one-year anniversary of chapter 2 of the Government’s childhood obesity plan.

Sir David spoke with representatives from various organisations and heard from obesity experts about a scorecard detailing progress made in the last year. The Government has held 12-week consultations on banning the sale of energy drinks to children, mandatory calorie labelling in cafes, restaurants and takeaways, restricting unhealthy food promotions and introducing a 9pm watershed on unhealthy adverts on TV and online.

Sir David commented: “I am very concerned about childhood obesity, particularly as this is such an issue in Bexley where we are among the worst London Borough’s with over a third of children overweight or obese. We need to see action and more progress made on implementing the proposals in Chapter 2 of the Childhood Obesity Plan.”

At the event, MPs also heard about new polling data* which showed that:

  • 69% agree the new Prime Minister should continue to prioritise reducing childhood obesity
  • 86% agree childhood obesity is a serious problem
  • 76% say they are supportive of government action to reduce levels of childhood obesity
  • 80% say they are worried about the impact of obesity on NHS resources

Sir David commented: “I am very concerned about childhood obesity, particularly as this is such an issue in Bexley where we are among the worst London Borough’s with over a third of children overweight or obese. Childhood obesity must stay high on the political agenda and we need to see more progress made on implementing the proposals in Chapter 2 of the Childhood Obesity Plan.”

 

Sir David pulls a pint at refurbished Danson Stables

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Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, paid a visit to the refurbished Danson Stables last week (Friday 5 July).

Danson Stables was built in the 1700s and it was originally a stable block belonging to the Mansion House in the park. The Grade-II listed building has recently enjoyed a £300,000 refurbishment, reopening just in time for the summer. The pub boasts a selection of pale ales and craft ales – including Bexley’s Own Beer – that are rotated to bring the best in regional, local and seasonal specials.

Sir David was greeted by General Manager, Darren Appleby, and Area Manager, Allen Charlton. He then toured the venue and discussed plans for the future, before chatting with staff and pulling a pint.

Sir David commented: “Danson Stables is obviously in a fantastic location in Danson Park and looks brilliant after the refurbishment. It has a positive and friendly atmosphere and I am sure it will continue to be successful”.

 

Local Conservatives Back Boris

 

IMG_1274.jpgLeading local Tories Rt Hon Sir David Evennett MP, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, Bexley Council Leader Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE and Erith and Thamesmead Conservative Association Chairman Cllr John Davey, have been supporting and campaigning for Boris Johnson to be elected the next Conservative Party Leader and Prime Minister.

Pictured are some of the local Bexley for Boris Tory activists taking a short lunchtime break in Danson Park on Friday afternoon.

Evennett blasts BBC on presenters salaries

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Bexleyheath and Crayford MP, Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, has blasted the BBC for the huge salaries paid to celebrities and the increasing salary costs, whilst at the same time ending funding for free TV licences for the over 75s. The BBC published its executive salary list yesterday (2 July) as part of its Annual Report and Accounts for 2018/19.

Sir David commented: “The BBC has a substantial licence fee, and paying enormous salaries for executives, newsreaders, presenters and stars will not be popular with their viewers.

“I am very disappointed with the BBC’s recent actions, particularly reneging on the agreement to continue with free TV licences for over 75s. I was also disappointed with the response to my letter from Director General, Lord Hall, and the fact he is continuing to allow salary increases for already highly paid presenters, and was surprised at the number of senior BBC executives earning over £200,000.

“Whilst I remain a supporter of the BBC, I really feel they should look again at their recent decisions and better utilise their resources”.

Small Business Minister Welcomed to Bexleyheath Fundraising Supper

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Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility, Kelly Tolhurst MP, was the guest speaker at a fundraising supper for the Bexleyheath and Crayford Conservative Association last Thursday (27 June).

Ms Tolhurst spoke to members about about her career before politics as a small business owner, how she got involved in politics and her Ministerial position. She then highlighted the work the Conservative Government has done to support small businesses, before taking questions from attendees.

Evennett backs Boris Johnson for Leader

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Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, is supporting Boris Johnson in his campaign to succeed as the next Conservative Party Leader and Prime Minister.

Sir David commented: “We live in extraordinary times and our country faces huge challenges. Therefore, we need someone who can give leadership, implement Brexit, has the necessary talents and experience, and can restore faith in ourselves as a country and in our democracy. As Mayor of London, Boris made our capital the number one city in the world, and had a record of real achievement. I have also worked closely with him in Government and as his Whip.

“As Prime Minister, I believe Boris can lead our country to a better future and win a General Election for the Conservatives. He is a great communicator, has charisma, and is a proven vote winner.

“I am therefore supporting Boris to be elected leader of the Conservative Party.”

Evennett urges BBC rethink

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Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has written to the Director General of the BBC (Tony Hall) urging a rethink on their plans to scrap free TV licences for the over 75s.

Sir David commented: “I am really disappointed at the BBC’s decision to scrap free TV licences for the majority of over 75s. This is short-sighted, harsh, and insensitive to a section of the population who use the BBC services more than anyone. The BBC should look at other avenues to increase their revenues and cut back on the huge salaries paid to celebrities and presenters.”

Crook Log Surgery rated inadequate

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Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has expressed his concerns at the latest inspection of Crook Log Surgery, in which the CQC have rated it as Inadequate.

Sir David commented: “I am bitterly disappointed to learn of the CQC inspection and that leadership, responsiveness and safeguarding are not at the standards patients expect and deserve.

“Constituents have raised concerns with me about this practice, which I have taken up on their behalf. I welcome the support being given to improve and understand a further inspection will take place in the next six months.”