Crook Log Conservatives Coffee Morning

Crook Log Conservative branch held a fundraising and social coffee morning on Saturday (7 July) in the lovely Bexleyheath garden of Committee Member, Sheila Vickers. Members and guests enjoyed tea or coffee, cakes and biscuits together with a raffle under a blue sky and hot summer sunshine.

Among those enjoying the refreshments and conversation were Ward Councillors Teresa O Neill OBE, Sybil Camsey, and Linda Bailey, as well as special guests Rt Hon Sir David Evennett MP and his wife Marilyn, Conservative Association Chairman, Mark Brooks, and Deputy Chairman, Maureen King. Branch Chairman John Waters gave a vote of thanks to all involved with the event.

Pictured left to right: Cllr Linda Bailey, Rt Hon Sir David Evennett MP, John Waters, Cllr Sybil Camsey, Sheila Vickers, Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE, Carol Wilkinson, Cllr Eileen Pallen, Cllr Sue Gower MBE

Much more to our Conservative Government than just Brexit, says MP


IMG_4652.JPGRt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, was the guest speaker at a fundraising dinner held last night (2 July) by the Bexley Conservatives Dining Club.

The sell-out event was organised by Linda Evans and held in Toscana restaurant, Sidcup. Attendees enjoyed a two course meal followed by coffee and tea. The event concluded with a fundraising raffle.

Sir David spoke about the work he has been doing from the backbenches on social mobility and childhood obesity, including debates and Ministerial visits. He also discussed his political heroes and delivered some anecdotal stories about his time in politics. Sir David then spoke about the work the Government is doing to implement Brexit and obtain the best possible deal, but highlighted work in other areas, such as on education and public health.



MP and Mayor Guest at Townley Head Girls Day

Rt Hon Sir David Evennett MP and Bexley Mayor, Cllr Brian Bishop, joined staff, governors, pupils and parents for Head Girls Day at Townley Grammar school on Friday (29 June).

Prizes were presented to Year 13 students. The Head Girl, Osasere Osayimwen, and Senior Boy, Joseph O’Neill, as well as the Deputy Head Girls, organised the event, which had a Peter Pan theme. The guest speaker was former Deputy Head girl and actress, Caroline Elms.


Pictured from left to right: Cllr Christine Bishop (Mayoress of Bexley), Osasere Osayimwen (Townley Grammar Head Girl), Caroline Elms, Cllr Brian Bishop (Mayor of Bexley), Desmond Deehan (Townley Grammar Headteacher) Joseph O’Neill (Townley Grammar Senior Boy), Rt Hon Sir David Evennett MP (Member of Parliament for Bexleyheath and Crayford).

National Employability Day 2018


Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, helped celebrate National Employability Day 2018 last Friday (29 June) at the Slade Green and Howbury Community Centre.

The event was sponsored by Orbit Better Days, and gave individuals the opportunity to meet face-to-face with employers, receive CV and interview advice, and to learn about local training and apprenticeship opportunities.

Sir David toured the stalls and spoke to representatives from a number of organisations about the opportunities they have on offer, including:

  • Bexley Time Credits
  • Breathing Space
  • Learning and Enterprise College Bexley
  • The Learning Shop
  • Parenta
  • Skills 4 Growth
  • Jacqueline’s Care
  • Slade Green Senior’s Film Club
  • All Dimensions
  • Bexley Volunteer Service



Following the event, Sir David commented: “Unemployment is now at a 40 year low, and since 2010 on average we have seen over 1,000 people move into work every day, with the number of young people out of work falling by around 140 per day. However, despite significant progress, there is still more to do, and I am delighted to be able to support National Employability Day 2018. This is a great chance to learn about the wide range of support available to help people into jobs, as well as to learn about the many employment, training and volunteering opportunities there are in Bexley.”


Evennett backs Government plans to halve Childhood Obesity

Sir David Evennett and Steve Brine June 2018.JPGRt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has backed Chapter 2 of the Government’s Childhood Obesity Strategy, which was released over the weekend and, after consultation and legislation, aims to halve the number of obese children by 2030.

Measures in the Government’s Strategy include:

  • Ending the sale of energy drinks to children
  • Calorie labelling for the out of home sector (e.g. restaurants, cafes and takeaways) in England
  • Introducing a 9pm watershed on TV advertising for certain products
  • Promote a national ambition for every primary school to adopt an active mile initiative, such as the Daily Mile
  • Invest over £1.6million during 2018/19 to support cycling and walking to school
  • Consult on plans to use Healthy Start vouchers to provide additional support to children from lower income families

Sir David has strongly campaigned for action to tackle childhood obesity, and secured a Westminster Hall Debate on ‘Childhood Obesity in Bexley’ in March. He also organised a visit to Bexley from the Public Health Minister, Steve Brine MP, earlier this month so that Mr Brine could meet with leading local health professionals, officials and local Councillors, to learn about how the issue is being addressed locally.

In welcoming the Strategy in the House of Commons yesterday (25 June), Sir David commented:

“I welcome my hon. Friend’s proposals, and I am grateful for his recent visit to Bexley to see our local plans for coping and dealing with childhood obesity. Chapter 2 is a good plan. Does he agree that targeting sedentary lifestyles is a top priority, and that to do so we need parental involvement?”

The Minister, Mr Brine responded:

“It was a pleasure to visit my right hon. Friend’s constituency to see how Bexley Council is using its power, money and public health grant—the council made it very clear to me that it would like more, and my right hon. Friend is a very good advocate on the council’s behalf—to bring forward a whole community response like the one I saw in Amsterdam. I would like to see much more of that in England.”

Visit to Europa Gymnastics Centre


Sir David is pictured with Chris Sheriff, Len Arnold, Emma Sheriff and Yvonne Arnold
Sir David is pictured with Zoe Smith and Scoop Callard

Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, paid a visit to the Europa Gymnastics Centre in Crayford last Friday (22 June).

The state of the art centre is the only fully equipped Gymnastics Facility in the London Borough of Bexley that caters for children of all ages and abilities. It also offers many other sporting activities including, Boxing, Weight Lifting, Fitness Gym, Dance Classes, Martial Arts, Yoga, Physio and much more.

Sir David was greeted by Len and Yvonne Arnold and Chris and Emma Sheriff from the centre, before touring the facilities and speaking with service users. During the visit, Sir David was advised of the centre’s success, which has resulted in a significant waiting list for placements, in addition to a number of people competing professionally in a range of sports. They also discussed potential expansion plans for the future.

Following the visit, Sir David commented: “Len and Yvonne are an inspiration, and I’m delighted to visit the Europa Gymnastics Centre again to be updated on their many successes. The hard work and dedication of the staff is apparent, which is why the Centre has gone from strength to strength and I am sure will continue to thrive”.

Evennett welcomes Thames Estuary Report

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Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has welcomed the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission’s report released today, in which the Commission recommend that Crossrail should be extended from Abbey Wood to Ebbsfleet.

Sir David has campaigned for the extension of Crossrail with both Parliamentary colleagues and local Councillors, and made strong representations to Sir John Armitt, Chairman of the Commission, in favour of the proposal. He also participated in an Adjournment Debate in Parliament last month where he and others highlighted the many benefits of the extension.

The Commission notes that the extension of Crossrail to Ebbsfleet could support up to 50,000 jobs and 55,000 homes, and it also states the project could help to accelerate the delivery of 30,000 homes in Bexley, directly unlocking 16,000 of these.

Other recommendations from the Commission include support for town centre regeneration along the south Essex and north Kent foreshores; developing more targeted education and skills strategies to provide the skilled workers that employers need; and planning at least three new Thames crossings.

Sir David commented: “this is excellent news and I am delighted the Commission has supported our campaign to extend Crossrail from Abbey Wood to Ebbsfleet. This extension would help alleviate some of the problems with Bexley’s poor transport infrastructure, whilst also supporting significant growth and development.”

Local MPs welcome Indian Exchange Students to Parliament


Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, and Rt Hon James Brokenshire, MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup, welcomed a group of Indian exchange students from The Modern School in Delhi to Parliament earlier today (20 June).

The students are undertaking an exchange programme with Townley Grammar School in Bexleyheath. They were given a tour of Parliament, before meeting the MPs in a Committee Room that had been organised by Sir David.

Sir David and Mr Brokenshire spoke to the pupils about the history of Parliament and the British electoral system, before answering question on a range of topics, from the role of the Monarch in British democracy to the House of Lords and the EU Withdrawal Bill.

Evennett joins Mencap at Parliamentary Reception

Rt Hon Sir David Evennett MP Plus Lloyd Page and Amy Clarke
Sir David is pictured with Lloyd Page and Amy Clarke

Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, attended a Parliamentary Reception on Monday (18 June) hosted by the charity Mencap, to help celebrate Learning Disability Week and to learn about their ‘Treat Me Well’ campaign.

Sir David spoke with representatives from Mencap as well as people with a learning disability about the challenges they face when visiting their doctor or a hospital. The Minister of State for Care, Caroline Dinenage MP, also addressed attendees.

Mencap’s campaign aims to ensure all health professionals receive learning disability awareness training, and gain an understanding of how to make ‘reasonable adjustments’, such as having a quiet space to wait for an appointment, providing easy to understand information, and longer appointment times.

Following the event, Sir David commented: “I am a big supporter of Mencap and the fantastic work they do, and in the past I have worked with the local branch, Bexley Mencap, most recently to save Bexleyheath Police Station.

“I am therefore delighted to have been able to attend the Reception to meet organisers and service users to hear about their personal experiences and discuss this campaign, as everyone should be able to understand and access the treatment they require with ease.”

Lloyd Page, Mencap spokesperson with a learning disability commented: “Treat Me Well will help the NHS provide better healthcare to people with learning disabilities. By giving all doctors and nurses learning disability training they will have the skills and knowledge to give the 1.4million people in the UK with a learning disability the best possible healthcare. My message for healthcare professionals is to please treat patients with a learning disability well, give us respect, and think about what reasonable adjustments you can give to help us.”