Evennett visits delivery office to see festive operations


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


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


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”.

Evennett raises concerns about backstop in Parliament

Speaking in debate 6 December 2018 (© Parliamentary Recording Unit)
© Parliamentary Recording Unit

Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, spoke in the debate yesterday (6 December) in the House of Commons on the proposed Withdrawal Agreement with the EU.

Sir David expressed his frustrations at the “doom and gloom” of others on the topic of Brexit, and highlighted the fantastic opportunities that Brexit presents to the UK and how it must be embraced in order to be successful.

However, whilst he welcomed some of contents in the Political Declaration, particularly that we should be working towards “no tariffs, fees, charges or quantitative restrictions across all sectors”, he did raise serious concerns about the proposed backstop in the Withdrawal Agreement. Sir David commented:

“It is a real problem. We want a deal that gets us out and we want to have good relations with Europe, because Europe is home to our neighbours and trading partners. We want to do business with them, but we do not want to be their prisoner before we can make the trade deals that we need with the countries of the world. Let me use the example that I used in a meeting with the Prime Minister. If I am buying a house, I want a completion date. I do not want to give over the money—in this case, the £39 billion—without an end date. We want a completion date, so I am really concerned about the backstop.”

“I am concerned that Northern Ireland would be treated differently from the rest of the country. It is not acceptable to separate one country that is part of our United Kingdom. Negotiation requires compromise, but for me the backstop is a step too far and leaves uncertainty as the central feature of our negotiations and the conclusion of our exit from the EU.”

“Let me conclude with this thought. Will the withdrawal agreement allow Britain to take control of its laws, its money and its borders? If not, there is something wrong with it. If it does, we should support it. However, if the backstop is not looked at and dealt with, and if there is no end date, the deal is flawed.”

Evennett visits refurbished Vintage Crayford Tea Room


Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, paid a visit to the refurbished Vintage Lindy Lou’s Tea Room at Waterside, Crayford yesterday afternoon (Thursday 29 November) to chat with the new owners, mother and daughter Fay and Ella Blake, and enjoy lunch.

The tea room reopened for business on Saturday 24 November and is currently open 10am-5pm. They have a Royal Navy chef on board, making fresh soup daily, as well as oven baked jacket potatoes, paninis, sandwiches, and omelettes with a range of different fillings.

There is also a wide selection of loose leaf tea, including most options from English Breakfast tea through to Gin and Tonic green tea, and of course a magnificent selection of cakes.

Sir David commented: “the Tea Room looks fantastic following its makeover, with a number of interesting memorabilia on display from the 1930s-40s. Fay and Ella have done a brilliant job and have also introduced an impressive new menu.”

Evennett backs early action on FOBTs

Speaking in Budget debate 29 October 2018 (© Parliamentary Recording Unit).jpg
Speaking in the Budget debate (© Parliamentary Recording Unit)

Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has supported amendments to the Finance Bill to bring forward the reduction of the maximum stake for fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs).

The current maximum stake is £100, and the Government currently plan to reduce this to £2 in October 2019. However, the amendment backed by Sir David would see this being brought forward to April 2019.

The changes follow a 12 week public consultation in which the respondents overwhelmingly supported a significant reduction in FOBT stakes. Sir David has long campaigned for the reduction, and worked on the issue during his time as the Acting Minister for Sport, Tourism and Heritage. During the recent debate on the Budget, he highlighted his disappointment that the reduction in the maximum stake wasn’t due to come into force sooner.

Sir David commented: “We have a duty to protect the most vulnerable who are exposed to significant losses, which can cause harm to both the individual and their families. I therefore fully support these amendments and believe leaving the maximum stake at £100 until next October is unacceptable.”

Club Hosts Armistice Commemoration Lunch


Rt Hon Sir David Evennett MP was the guest of honour and speaker at an Armistice and Remembrance Commemoration Luncheon held at the Bexleyheath Conservative Club on Sunday (11 November).

Sir David spoke about his Grandfathers who both served their country during World War 1, and about how important it was to commemorate and remember the sacrifice, bravery and suffering of those who served and gave their lives to safeguard our freedom and independence.

He spoke about his time as the Minister responsible for the Jutland and Somme commemorations in the summer of 2016, and the moving ceremonies that had taken place at Thiepval and in the Orkneys.

Sir David commented: “we must never forget our heroes, and at the centenary of the end of World War 1 we must also remember those who served in all the other 20th century wars and those still serving in our armed forces today”.

Among the other guests at the Lunch were the Mayor and Mayoress of Bexley, Cllr Brian Bishop and Cllr Christine Bishop, Bexley Council Leader, Cllr Teresa O’Neill, Bexleyheath BID Manager, Tony Garratt, Christchurch Vicar Rev Trevor Wyatt, and Deputy Lieutenant, Major David Hewer OBE. There were also many members of the British Legion and Veterans representatives, as well as community leaders present. The event was organised by the Club’s Secretary, Cdr Keith Manchanda OBE.

Evennett opens new Adventure Trim Trail

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Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, officially opened a new Adventure Trim Trail at Pelham Primary School in Bexleyheath on Friday (2 November).

Children on the School Council were consulted on the new equipment for the Adventure Trim Trail, and held discussions and votes on what they wanted included. Following the cutting of the ribbon by Sir David, the children wasted no time in putting the new trail to the test.

Sir David commented: “physical exercise is so important, and it is great to see Pelham Primary School investing in this equipment to encourage their children to keep active. We must do all we can to encourage children to exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle. The children have done a brilliant job in choosing the equipment and were very excited to finally be able use the facilities.”

Evennett joins over 500 MPs in planting trees for the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy

Pictured at St Paulinus Church of England Primary School, Crayford, with Headteacher, Sarah Young

Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, paid a visit to St Paulinus Church of England Primary School in Crayford last Friday morning (2 November), to plant trees from the Woodland Trust as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC), a network of forest conservation initiatives to mark Her Majesty’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth. Over 500 MPs have signed up to take part.

In total there were five trees – two silver birch, two rowan, and a hazel – which were all sourced in the UK and will grow to approximately 8-10m in height.

Sir David commented: “I am delighted to take part in this campaign with the Woodland Trust as part of the Queens Commonwealth Canopy, and to help raise awareness of the importance of the UK’s woods and trees. Bexley is fortunate to have so many green and open spaces across the Borough, and it is great to be able to add to our natural environment by planting these trees in support of this initiative.”

Woodland Trust Chief Executive Beccy Speight said: “we are delighted so many MPs have decided to join us in our bid to plant trees as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.  We all need trees. They are a cornerstone of our landscape and countryside, forming an essential and cherished part of our cultural identity. They are crucial in improving soil health and water quality, reducing carbon, trapping pollutants, slowing the flow of flood water, sheltering livestock, providing a home for wildlife or a space for us to breathe.”