Evennett appointed to Policy Group

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Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has been appointed as Co-Chair of the Policy Group ‘Building a fairer society’. Rt Hon Maria Miller MP will also serve as Co-Chair, and full membership of the Group will be announced in due course.

The Policy Group’s main focuses will be how to use government to drive social reform and social mobility; how to remove barriers to those with disabilities; and how to promote integration and equality.

Sir David commented: “I am delighted to be appointed as Co-Chair of the ‘Building a fairer society’ Policy Group. I look forward to working closely with Maria to explore ways in which we can improve social mobility, better support people with disabilities, and promote integration and social cohesion.”

There are four other Policy Groups, which will be looking at ‘Energising our economy’, ‘Transforming our public services’, ‘Sustaining our democracy’, and ‘Shaping a Global Britain’.


Evennett backs Proxy Voting for maternity leave

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Yesterday (13 September) in Parliament MPs debated implementing a proxy voting system for maternity and paternity for MPs who become new parents. The debate followed a recent report from the Procedure Committee, which is a Select Committee in the House of Commons, that gave recommendations on how such a system could work.

Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford and Member of the Procedure Committee, spoke in the debate to highlight his support, but made it clear he could not support proxy voting for matters other than maternity and paternity leave. Sir David also spoke of the evidence the Committee had received, as well as his experience of the current system when he served as a Government Whip.

During the debate, Sir David commented: “I could not accept proxy voting for all absences. As I said, I do not believe that that is practical or desirable, but to me the arguments in favour of proxy voting for baby leave, or whatever we want to call it, are compelling. I believe this House would do a disservice to parents and children if we did not consider this very seriously and implement it as quickly as possible.”

Parliamentary Boundary Commission’s proposals for Bexley Borough breaks up local communities

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Yesterday (10 September) the Government published the final report of the Boundary Commission’s review for new Parliamentary constituencies.

Following the publication, Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, commented: “The Boundary Commission’s proposals see Bexleyheath town dismantled, Welling split across three constituencies, the historic Parish of Crayford destroyed, and Thamesmead fractured.

“I am bitterly disappointed that the Boundary Commission have failed to take into account the various representations made by local residents and keeping communities together.”

Evennett backs ‘Make Blood Cancer Visible’ campaign


Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, attended a Parliamentary reception on Tuesday (4 September) to help mark Blood Cancer Awareness Month. The event was hosted by the charity Bloodwise.

Sir David was advised about the ‘Make Blood Cancer Visible’ campaign, and he spoke with patients about their experiences.

Blood cancers are the fifth most common type of cancer in the UK, with over 40,000 people diagnosed with a blood cancer or related blood disorder each year in the UK.

Sir David commented: “Despite the fact that blood cancer is the third biggest cancer killer in the UK, claiming more lives than those with breast cancer of prostate cancer, awareness among the general public is low.

“However, Bloodwise are doing fantastic work to raise awareness of blood cancers, and I am pleased to be able to help support their campaign.”

Gemma Peters, CEO of Bloodwise said: “We are delighted that David Evennett is supporting our campaign to raise awareness of blood cancer. As 1 in 19 are affected by blood cancer it is vital that blood cancer is central to the Government’s cancer plans going forward.”

Evennett Disappointed at Crossrail Delay


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Rt Hon Sir David Evennett MP has expressed his “great disappointment” at the news that the opening of Crossrail has been delayed until the autumn of 2019.

Sir David commented:  “This is particularly disappointing for our area, as we have such a poor local rail service and no underground. The new Elizabeth line will give more opportunities for commuters and other rail travellers, and delays in the start of the service are to be regretted. Of course, safety is paramount, but the overspend on the Crossrail budget and the problems of signalling and the fitting of several stations means the Mayor of London and TFL have some serious questions to answer.

“We also need an extension from Abbey Wood to Ebbsfleet to ensure we realise the economic potential of our area, and to be able to provide more homes and more jobs.  I do hope that this delay in the opening of Crossrail will not prejudice our campaign to get the project extended.”

Evennett backs Bailey


Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has endorsed Shaun Bailey as the Conservative candidate for the London Mayoral election in 2020.

After a meeting in Bexleyheath on Friday morning (10 August), Sir David gave his strong backing to Shaun Bailey.

Sir David commented: “I am delighted to give my full support to Shaun Bailey to be the Conservative candidate for Mayor of London. He is the only person capable of taking on the current Mayor and tackling the crime epidemic and transport infrastructure problems.”

Sparkling Tea

Rt Hon Sir David and Lady Evennett joined local Conservatives at a fundraising and social sparkling afternoon tea on Saturday afternoon (28 July), at the Bexleyheath home of Bexleyheath Ward Councillor Sue Gower MBE.

Under summer sunshine and blue sky members and guests enjoyed sandwiches, cakes, champagne and soft drinks in the lovely garden. Cllr Gower who hosted the event was assisted by her fellow Councillor, Eileen Pallen. There was also the traditional Conservative Party raffle.

After a relaxing and enjoyable afternoon, Cllr Gower thanked everyone for attending and helping to raise funds for the local Conservative Association.

Pictured at the sparkling tea party in the garden

Evennett backs Raab’s Brexit approach

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Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has expressed his strong support for the constructive approach the new Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP, has taken on the EU withdrawal negotiations.

Sir David commented: “both the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State have made it explicitly clear that when we leave the European Union, we will also be leaving the Single Market, the Customs Union, and the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. I strongly support this approach, as well as the Secretary of State’s comments that the £39billion ‘divorce bill’ will not be paid if a new trade agreement is not reached. It is in the best interests of both Britain and the EU to reach a reasonable and fair deal on Brexit”.

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