Forward, Together: Conservative Party manifesto

David Evennett, Conservative Party candidate for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has welcomed the Conservative Party manifesto and the promises made within it. He commented: “the next five years will be challenging, and getting the best possible Brexit deal is key to our prosperity. However, we also need strong and stable leadership to make the most of the challenges that lie beyond, and with this manifesto we will build a stronger, more prosperous Britain that works for everyone.”

“A Conservative Government will provide more money for schools every year and ensure a good school place for every child, keep taxes low with a higher National Living Wage, and cap rip-off energy bills. I also welcome the commitments on immigration, housing and proper rights and protections at work, as well as the first ever proper plan to pay for and provide social care.”

“Our country faces huge challenges in the coming years and the Forward, Together manifesto outlines our plans for a global Britain and to restore the contract between generations that provides security for older people while being fair to the young.”

Evennett takes local rail campaign to Secretary of State

Rt Hon David Evennett, Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has been campaigning against the example given in the South Eastern Franchise Consultation to reduce the number of terminals on the Bexleyheath line.

Mr Evennett has supported the Keep Bexley on Track campaign, completed the online survey for the consultation, and made a number of representations to the Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Chris Grayling. He has now received a letter from the Transport Secretary assuring him that there are no proposals to reduce or change specific services. The letter stated:

Thank you for your letter of 25 April 2017, about the South Eastern franchise consultation.

I am glad that you have responded to the consultation, and for your support for closer working between Network Rail and the train operating companies in the interest of a more efficient, integrated service.

To be clear, we are not proposing to reduce or change specific services.

The public consultation will end on 23 May 2017, after which the Department for Transport will analyse each response. The conclusions will be published in the Autumn in a Stakeholder Response document. I encourage your constituents to take part in the consultation process, if they have not already done so, to help shape and improve services on the South Eastern network in the years to come.

Mr Evennett commented: “I have campaigned on this matter and have made my views explicitly clear; the suggestion to reduce the number of London terminals available on the Bexleyheath line is unacceptable and would be detrimental to local residents.”

“I am therefore pleased that the Secretary of State for Transport has now clarified this matter and given assurances that there are no proposals to reduce or change specific services.”

Evennett responds to Labour scaremongering on Education

David Evennett, Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has responded to news stories of Labour scaremongering on education. Mr Evennett commented:

“The Conservative Government has a proud record on education with 1.8million more pupils being educated in good or outstanding schools since 2010. We have also protected the schools budget in real terms since 2010, and school funding is now at its highest level on record at more than £40billion in 2016-17. School funding is also set to rise, as pupil numbers continue to rise, to £42billion in 2019-20.”

“Labour would take us backwards with more debt, higher taxes and economic chaos, meaning there would be less money to spend on our public services, such as schools, not more.”

“The choice on June 8th is abundantly clear. The choice is between Theresa May providing strong and stable leadership for our country, or a coalition of chaos and instability led by Jeremy Corbyn.”

On the campaign trail

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Last week David has started his local campaign to be re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Bexleyheath & Crayford.

The overall response has been positive and he is looking forward to seeing more and more members of the local community over the coming weeks.

David Evennett re-adopted

Rt Hon David Evennett, MP and Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury, was re-adopted by Bexleyheath and Crayford Conservatives to be their Parliamentary candidate in the General Election on 8th June at a packed meeting of local members. The meeting was held at the Roberts Hall last night (27th April).

Mr Evennett addressed the meeting and spoke of the need for strong and stable leadership at this time under the Conservatives to unite the country. The alternative would be a left wing government under Labour, in alliance with other minority parties, which would do great harm to our country. He believed that on the major issues of Brexit, education, the NHS, immigration and transport only the Conservatives had coherent and sensible policies. He also praised the dynamic and effective leadership of the Prime Minister, Theresa May, who understood the “aspirations and hopes of the people of our country”.

Evennett responds to South Eastern Franchise Consultation

Rt Hon David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, officially responded to the South Eastern Franchise Consultation earlier this week. Mr Evennett had already raised concerns about the consultation with the Rail Minister, Paul Maynard MP.

Following the submission of the survey, Mr Evennett wrote to the Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, to reinforce the points he had made.

Mr Evennett commented: “I regularly raise issues with the rail service with Transport Ministers, as my constituents and fellow rail users often suffer delays, particularly persistent short delays, and cancellations. There are never any contingency plans in place when problems occur, and staff are frequently unable to advise passengers on the issues or provide any alternative options to help customers get to their destination.”

“Network Rail have also failed passengers, but when delays and cancellations occur, neither Southeastern nor Network Rail are willing to accept responsibility. There must therefore be greater co-operation between the operator and Network Rail to deliver better reliability, as well as more rolling stock, and I therefore support the proposals to ensure they work together as one team with a focus on performance.”

“However, I fundamentally disagree with the suggestion to reduce the number of terminals that can be reached from Bexley as the services to Charing Cross and Victoria are also essential. This would be detrimental to Bexley residents, and a reliable service should be possible without limiting the number of terminals available.”

Evennett visits Oxleas

Rt Hon David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, visited Holbrook Ward at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup then the Bexley Memory Service in Emerton Close, Bexleyheath on Friday 21 April.

Holbrook Ward is a specialist intensive care unit for those with advanced dementia, and the Bexley Memory Service provides assessment, diagnosis and treatment for people who are experiencing difficulties with their memory. Both services are run by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.

Mr Evennett was given a tour of the Holbrook Ward, which is impressively decorated with feature retro wallpaper and a 1950s reminiscence theme. He also spoke with a number of staff members across both sites to hear more about the work they do to support their patients.

Mr Evennett praised Oxleas from the tremendous work they do, and he also commented: “for too long there hasn’t been enough focus on mental healthcare in this country, and the issue has been surrounded by unacceptable stigma leaving many to suffer in silence. We want to transform the way we approach mental health problems across society and at every stage of life, making changes in our classrooms, at work and in our communities. This Government has been determined to ensure anyone suffering from mental health problems receive the compassion, care, and the treatment they deserve.”

Anger at Post Office Delay

Rt Hon David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has expressed his anger at the delays by the Post Office in getting a new branch in Crayford. He has been in regular contact and has held meetings with representatives from the Post Office since the closure of the Crayford branch to urge them into action. Mr Evennett has written to the Post Office again this week.David3141

Mr Evennett commented: “The Crayford office closed in June and I was promised a new facility would open in Crayford town.”

“Despite pressure from myself and real anger and disappointment in the town, we still do not have any news. Warm words from the Post Office are not enough. We need action now”