Statement from Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford

 

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Yesterday the Prime Minister announced her new attempt to deliver Brexit with her proposed EU Withdrawal Bill and this was followed up by her statement to the House of Commons today.

I am very disappointed with the proposals and the approach taken by the PM and the Cabinet. Whilst I have supported the PM in her endeavours and voted for her Withdrawal Agreement on the last two occasions, I cannot support this Bill. Remaining in a Customs Union and holding a confirmatory vote are unacceptable and contrary to what we have continued to oppose over the past three years of negotiations. These measures would not deliver Brexit and would instead frustrate the process even further.

Our 2017 Manifesto commitment stated we would leave the Customs Union and be able to negotiate our own trade deals as an independent country. In addition, moving towards the Labour Party and their policies is, I believe, a total betrayal of the result of the 2016 Referendum and the clear majority who voted to Leave the EU. Too many compromises have been to the UK’s detriment, despite our agreement to a £39bn divorce bill.

We promised Brexit and we must deliver.

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Evennett helps support Christian Aid Week

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Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, attended a Christian Aid Parliamentary reception in Westminster Hall earlier today (15 May), to show his support for Christian Aid Week 2019, which is an annual door-to-door fundraising drive by the charity Christian Aid. It is held each year in Britain during the second week of May, when thousands of volunteers post red collection envelopes to households around the country.

This year the charity are focusing on childbirth in Sierra Leone as an example of what donations raised through Christian Aid Week could help fund through partners’ work worldwide.

Sir David is an active communicant member of St Paulinus Church in Crayford and is a strong supporter of Christian Aid. At the event today, he spoke with representatives from the charity about their campaigns, funds raised, and discussed his parliamentary question in the House of Commons yesterday to the Foreign Secretary on the persecution of Christians worldwide. During Christian Aid Week last year, in the Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency a total of £3,640 was raised.

 

Sir David pays a visit to Cory Riverside to discuss second incinerator plans

 

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Sir David had a meeting with Cory Riverside Energy Director Andy Pike, Engineering Manager David Crawford, Operations Manager Miguel Santana and Plant Manager Lee Alford. The meeting was also attended and facilitated by Toby Barker, Director of Camargue.

During the meeting, Sir David highlighted the concerns he had previously raised about the initial energy park, including the environmental impact and increased lorries in the area. He discussed the points made in his submission to the Planning Inspectorate for the second incinerator and sought assurances that the concerns raised by constituents would be taken fully into account.

Representatives from Cory Riverside explained environmental research that had been undertaken as part of the application for the second incinerator, as well as plans to increase the amount of waste travelling to the facility on the River Thames and apprenticeships for local schools.

MP and Mayor start BCU Life Skills Charity Walk

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Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, and Cllr Brian Bishop, Mayor of Bexley, attended the start of the 26th annual BCU Life Skills Charity Walk on Saturday (27 April) at St John’s Church in Danson Park.

The annual charity walk is in aid of the BCU Life Skills drop-in centre in Bexleyheath and is the major fundraiser for the charity which gives support and advice to local people who are unemployed or suffering from health or loneliness issues. The centre is located above the Baptist Church in Bexleyheath and offers a wide variety of support services and is open on Thursdays and Fridays.

Both Sir David and the Mayor gave a short speech to the walkers prior to their departure and joined them for a short walk at the start. Among those participating were BCU Chair, Patricia Giles, and former Bexley Mayor, Cllr Peter Reader. The Bishop of Rochester, Rt Rev James Langstaff, also gave support.

All funds raised are donated for the running of the centre and last year over £9,000 was sponsored.

Evennett blasts Rail Minister on further South Eastern franchise delay

IMG_1527.JPGYesterday (23 April) in the House of Commons Rt Hon Sir David Evennett MP lambasted the Rail Minister, Andrew Jones MP, during an Urgent Question on the further delay to the South Eastern Rail Franchise.

The latest delay will see Southeastern continue to operate the franchise until at least 10 November 2019, with an option to extend the agreement further to April 2020. Sir David has been campaigning for improvements to the rail service, including more frequent services, more carriages, and better delay repay, and is pressing for improvements from the new franchise to be delivered ahead of the announcement of the successful bidder.

During yesterday’s debate, Sir David commented:

“I note my honourable Friend’s statement today on the south eastern rail franchise. I am, of course, bitterly disappointed that we have not made any progress on this matter. In the meantime, my constituents continue to suffer a poor service into London. It is also disappointing, but rather ironic, that, just like the rail service, all we seem to see from his Department is continual delay. As he is well aware, improvements are desperately needed to our service in the borough of Bexley — and not later this year, next year or sometimes never. Our constituents are paying more money for a poor service. What we are expecting is a decision so that we can look to a better future and the travelling public from Bexley have a better service. At the moment, they do not.”

“KNIGHTS OF THE AIR” CRAYFORD COMMEMORATES BRITISH HEROES”

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Group Captain Tony Alcock MBE, nephew of the flying hero Sir John Alcock, came to Crayford yesterday evening (16 April) to launch the Summer Centenary celebrations of the first and epic Trans-Atlantic flight in June 1919 by Alcock and Brown. He spoke about his uncle John and gave an interesting illustrated talk about Alcock and Brown and their successful flight from Newfoundland to Ireland.

The aviators Alcock and Brown flew across the Atlantic on 14/15 June 1919 in a modified Vickers Vimy plane originally built by Vickers in Crayford and tested at Joyce Green airfield. Sir John Alcock, pilot, and Sir Arthur Whitten Brown, navigator, visited Crayford in July 1919.

The Alcock and Brown Project Group (Crayford) has been led by their Chair, Cllr. Geraldene Lucia-Hennis, and the Secretary and Treasurer, Janet Hearn-Gillan, and they have organised a programme of events and activities in Crayford throughout the summer. They have been supported by a wide range of local historical and community groups, as well as the Lottery Heritage Fund and Bexley Council.

The Host at the event was Cllr. Geraldene Lucia-Hennis and among the many guests were Rt. Hon. Sir David Evennett MP and Lady Evennett, the Deputy Lieutenant of Bexley Major David Hewer OBE TD DL, the Mayor and Mayoress of Bexley, Cllr. Brian Bishop and Cllr. Christine Bishop, the Mayor and Mayoress of Dartford, Bexley Council Leader, Cllr. Teresa O’Neill OBE, and Cllr. Eileen Pallen. There were refreshments and memorabilia, including a model of the aircraft to enjoy, as well as the opportunity to chat with Group Captain Tony Alcock MBE.

Evennett shocked and appalled at potential Southeastern extension

 

IMG_1527.JPGRt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has expressed his shock and disappointment at today’s announcement (10 April) from the Department for Transport (DfT) that negotiations are taking place for a further extension to the current rail franchise. This could see Southeastern continuing to run services until 10 November 2019, with an option to extend the agreement further to April 2020.

Sir David commented: “I am shocked and appalled that we are potentially seeing yet another delay in awarding the new franchise. This is simply unacceptable.

“In Bexley we suffer from a terrible rail service at the hands of Southeastern, with delays and cancellations occurring far too often. There is much to look forward to in the new franchise agreement, but improvements are desperately needed now, not later this year or in 2020.

“I have worked with colleagues locally, held Parliamentary debates, submitted written questions, made various representations to Ministers, and secured Ministerial visits, and am bitterly disappointed this appears to be happening again. The Secretary of State is well aware of our problems in South East London and is letting us down badly. I will continue to fight for better rail services on behalf of my constituents and fellow rail users.”

Evennett visits Danson House to celebrate Tourism Week

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Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, paid a visit to Danson House this afternoon (5 April) to help celebrate English Tourism Week and to promote the historic site.

This is the eighth year English Tourism week has run and the aim is to raise the profile and showcase the benefits of the tourism industry to local communities and the economy. Tourism is one of England’s largest and most valuable industries. English tourism directly employ more than 2.6m people and generates over £106bn a year for the British economy.

Sir David was greeted by Anna Strange-Bennett and Jane Collins then given a tour of Danson House and learned about the restoration works and history. They are pictured in the old kitchen, which was the location of the mud bath scene in The Favourite – the film that Olivia Colman won the Oscar and Golden Globe for her portrayal of Queen Anne.

Earlier this week, Sir David also joined the Tourism Minister, Michael Ellis MP, in Parliament for a drop-in session in aid of English Tourism Week and to meet with representatives of the national tourist board VisitBritain/VisitEngland, to hear about the opportunities tourism presents for the economy.

Sir David served as the Minister for Tourism in 2016 and commented: “English Tourism Week is a fantastic opportunity to highlight the many attractions on offer, such as Danson House. I have visited Danson House on many occasions and was here for the reopening in 2005, but I was amazed to discover new facts today and to learn about the restoration works. I would encourage all of my constituents to pay a visit.”

Evennett welcomes extra capital funding for local schools

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Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has welcomed the funding schools in the constituency have received as part of the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF).

The Department for Education received requests for more than £1.4bn for projects in this year’s round and following the assessment of applications have given funding to 1,413 projects at 1,210 academies and sixth-form colleges. CIF projects range in value from £20,000 up to £4m and the average amount awarded is just over £300,000. The successful schools in Bexleyheath and Crayford were:

  • Gravel Hill Primary School
  • St Pauls (Slade Green) Church of England Primary School
  • St Michael’s East Wickham Church of England Primary School
  • Barrington Primary School
  • Normandy Primary School
  • Townley Grammar School

Sir David commented: “the Government is providing significant funds across the country for schools to maintain and renew their facilities. There were a large number of applications to the CIF this year and it is brilliant news that six schools in my constituency have been successful in their bids for funding.”