Childhood Obesity in Bexley


Rt Hon David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, secured a debate in Westminster Hall this morning (6 March) on the issue of childhood obesity. Mr Evennett specifically focused on childhood obesity in Bexley Borough, which statistically performs worse when examined against other demographically comparable London boroughs. Rt Hon James Brokenshire, MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup, was also in attendance at the debate and raised the issue of ingredients used in many foods consumers buy.

In his speech, Mr Evennett raised the long-term health problems associated with obesity, including cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke, as well as the difficulties with losing excess weight and how childhood obesity is one of the top public health challenges for this generation. He also highlighted the poor statistical figures in Bexley, and discussed the actions being taken locally to help tackle the issue. Mr Evennett also spoke about Public Health England’s ‘One You’ campaign, with the slogan 400-600-600 which is the number of calories people should eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Overweight or obese children are consuming up for 500 calories a day more than they need, which is equivalent to an extra meal a day. He praised the work of Dr Anjan Ghosh, Director of Public Health and Deputy Director of Health and Wellbeing, and thanked him for information he provided on Bexley Council’s plans to help combat the problem locally.

Mr Evennett concluded the debate with some of the actions needed to address the problem, including reducing sugar and calorie intake, healthy eating, increasing physical activity, and educating parents, grandparents and children about obesity.

Public Health Minister, Steve Brine MP, responded, and spoke about the Government’s Childhood Obesity Strategy, acknowledged the seriousness of the issue in Bexley and across the country, and listed the Government’s future plans.


Evennett appalled at Southeastern performance

PhotoSoutheastern passengers were trapped for hours on Friday evening (2 March), which meant many had to stand without heating, lights or use of the toilet, following issues with a frozen rail. Passengers finally used the emergency handles to force the doors open.

Mr Evennett commented: “I have been inundated with complaints by constituents who are rightly furious with Southeastern. I am absolutely appalled by Southeastern’s performance on Friday, which led to many commuters and a number of my constituents suffering. I am pursuing these issues with the company.

“As usual, there was a severe lack of information and communication to those suffering on board, as well as a lack of contingency planning and an apparent lack of concern for the wellbeing of travellers.

“Whilst I welcome the independent inquiry and the additional compensation, this should not have happened in 21st century Britain.”

Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal


Rt Hon David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, attended a Parliamentary event on Wednesday (28 February) to help support Marie Curie’s ‘Great Daffodil Appeal’.

Mr Evennett met with Cold Feet actress and long-term Marie Curie supporter, Fay Ripley, as well as Marie Curie Nurses Victoria Shodeko and Victoria Oluwalogbon, to discuss the launch of the appeal on 1 March as well as the fantastic work they do across the UK.

The daffodil pins will be available from shops and volunteers throughout March, with the money raised going towards helping support people with any terminal illnesses, providing patients and their families with the support they need at such a difficult time.

Each year, 8 million daffodil pins are distributed, and last year the charity raised £6.6million.

Mr Evennett comented: “Marie Curie Nurses provide vital care for thousands of people living with terminal illnesses, and I am pleased to be able to support this fantastic charity in launching their Great Daffodil Appeal. It was also good to meet with Marie Curie staff and supporters to discuss this campaign and the brilliant work they do”.

Fay Ripley said: “I’m delighted to be here with Mr Evennett to help launch Marie Curie’s annual Great Daffodil Appeal. Chances are, we all know someone who’s been affected by a terminal illness, so it’s absolutely crucial that families have the care and support they need at such a difficult time. I hope that as many people as possible wear a daffodil this March and understand that in doing so, they are making a huge difference for people living with a terminal illness and their loved ones.”

Evennett supports World Book Day


World Book Day is an annual that is held in the UK on the first Thursday in March. It is observed in over 100 countries and has been designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading. The aim of the event is to encourage children and young people to read and love books.

World Book Day is a registered charity, and last year they worked with the National Literacy Trust to measure the tangible impact the campaign had on the reading habits of 8-11 year-olds for the first time, and found that six in ten were inspired to read more.

This year, there have been 15million £1 book tokens sent to schools to be distributed to children across the UK so that they can visit a local bookseller and choose from one of ten pre-selected books or receive £1 off a book of their choice.

Rt Hon David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, is supporting World Book Day (1 March) this year. Mr Evennett attended a Parliamentary Reception on Tuesday (27 February) to show his commitment to the event. Mr Evennett commented: “almost half of children aged 8-11 do not read with someone outside of school, and World Book Day is a fantastic opportunity to promote the benefits of reading and to encourage children to read more. Today many schools will be closed due to the snow and this is therefore the perfect opportunity for parents and grandparents to get involved and share a story”.

Mr Evennett also revealed his favourite books, which are:

1) Favourite book as a child: The Eagle of The Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff

2) Favourite book as an adult: The Spy Who Came in from the cold by John le Carre

3) Favourite book to read to his children: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

Evennett Welcomes Post-18 Education Review

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The Prime Minister, Rt Hon Theresa May MP, has announced a major review across post-18 education and funding, in which she acknowledged concerns with the current funding system. The review will look at how we can ensure university is accessible to young people from all backgrounds, that it is supported by a funding system that provides value for money for both students and taxpayers, incentivises choice and competition, and delivers the skills that our country needs.

The wide-ranging review will be Chaired by Philip Augar, a leading author and former non-executive director at the Department for Education. The panel will comprise of experts across post-18 education and the business world.

Rt Hon David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has welcomed the review, announcing his support for this in the House of Commons Chamber on Tuesday (20 February). Mr Evennett also asked the Education Secretary, Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP, a question about the review. Speaking in the Chamber, Mr Evennett commented: “I welcome my right hon. Friend’s statement and strongly support his review. It is essential that we deliver the skills that our country needs, and give opportunities for all. Will he ensure that the concerns and views of business and industry are taken into account in the review?”

Mr Hinds responded: “It is vital that the views of industry and business are taken fully into account. I know that the independent panel will listen to them carefully.”

MP and Mayor Join 100th Birthday Celebration

Rt Hon David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, and Cllr Peter Reader, the Mayor of Bexley, paid a visit to Groveland Park Care Home in Barnehurst  on Friday afternoon (16 February) to help celebrate the 100th birthday of local resident Tom Jones.

Mr Evennett and Cllr Reader were both honoured to be guests at Tom’s birthday gathering where they celebrated this significant milestone. Mr Evennett spoke with Tom and his guests about his long life and the many experiences he has had.

Mr Jones can be seen pictured with Mr Evennett and the Mayor.

With Tom Jones at 100th birthday February 2018

Friends hold fund raising Quiz Night

Friends Quiz Night 10 February 2018Rt Hon David Evennett MP and Cllr Howard Marriner were among the participants at the Friends of St Paulinus fundraising Quiz Night held on the evening of Saturday 10th February in the Crayford church hall.  The event was organised and run by Friends’ Treasurer, John Holbrook, who was the quiz master for the evening.  He was assisted by his wife, Lesley, and his family members.  Quiz questions included food, sport, music, films, current affairs and pot luck.  Friends’ Chairman, Dorothy Pennington-Jones, ran the raffle and gave the vote of thanks.

Pictured are Chairman, Dorothy Pennington-Jones with David and Marilyn Evennett’s team.


Evennett concern at Mayor’s London Plan


Rt Hon David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has responded to the Labour Mayor of London’s consultation on the ‘New London Plan’.

Mr Evennett expressed his concerns on density ranges, the removal of targets for family homes, the reduction of parking provisions, the Plan’s encouragement of ‘garden grabbing’, and the significant increase of the annualised housing targets in Bexley.

Mr Evennett commented: “London is a uniquely diverse city, and the Mayor’s New London Plan in its current form fails to recognise issues that affect specific areas.

“Bexley does not fall within the TfL train network, and motor vehicles are essential to many residents for work, social and family reasons, and it therefore cannot be right to reduce parking provisions in such a dramatic way without exception.

“Whilst we need to build more homes, it is vital that local infrastructure such as school placements, spaces at GP surgeries, and public transport, also improves simultaneously. It is therefore irresponsible to increase Bexley’s annualised housing target from 446 to 1245 without any details of how the required additional infrastructure will be delivered.

“I am also concerned about the Plan’s density ranges for houses, the lack of targets for family homes, and garden developments. We must deliver more family homes without the loss of vital green spaces and areas for children to play.

“The Mayor’s London Plan will affect Bexley adversely, and I urge local residents to participate in the consultation before it closes on 2nd March”.

Information on the New London Plan and how to respond can be found at:

Celebrating 100 years since Parliament gave Women the vote

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Tuesday (6 February) marks the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, in which Parliament gave the vote to Women property owners over the age of 30.

The Conservatives have a long history of promoting women in politics – the first woman to sit in the House of Commons was a Conservative MP (Nancy Astor), and the Conservatives were also the first Party in the western world to elect a female Prime Minister (Margaret Thatcher).

At the Spring Budget last year, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced £5million of funding to help celebrate this significant day, which will also be used to encourage women into public life and representing political Parties at all levels.

In Bexley, local MP, Rt Hon David Evennett, has welcomed the celebrations, and commented: “the Conservatives have a proud record of promoting women in politics, and I have been privileged to represent my home constituency in Parliament under the premierships of the only two female Prime Ministers in British history – my political hero, Margaret Thatcher, and our current PM, Theresa May. Locally we have many women in leading roles across the community – including members of our local Conservatives”.

Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE, who is currently serving her 10th year as Leader of Bexley Council, said: “it’s a great honour to be able to represent others and make a difference to the place you live and I encourage others to get involved”.