Evennett backs Boris Johnson for Leader

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Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, is supporting Boris Johnson in his campaign to succeed as the next Conservative Party Leader and Prime Minister.

Sir David commented: “We live in extraordinary times and our country faces huge challenges. Therefore, we need someone who can give leadership, implement Brexit, has the necessary talents and experience, and can restore faith in ourselves as a country and in our democracy. As Mayor of London, Boris made our capital the number one city in the world, and had a record of real achievement. I have also worked closely with him in Government and as his Whip.

“As Prime Minister, I believe Boris can lead our country to a better future and win a General Election for the Conservatives. He is a great communicator, has charisma, and is a proven vote winner.

“I am therefore supporting Boris to be elected leader of the Conservative Party.”

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Evennett urges BBC rethink

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Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has written to the Director General of the BBC (Tony Hall) urging a rethink on their plans to scrap free TV licences for the over 75s.

Sir David commented: “I am really disappointed at the BBC’s decision to scrap free TV licences for the majority of over 75s. This is short-sighted, harsh, and insensitive to a section of the population who use the BBC services more than anyone. The BBC should look at other avenues to increase their revenues and cut back on the huge salaries paid to celebrities and presenters.”

Crook Log Surgery rated inadequate

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Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has expressed his concerns at the latest inspection of Crook Log Surgery, in which the CQC have rated it as Inadequate.

Sir David commented: “I am bitterly disappointed to learn of the CQC inspection and that leadership, responsiveness and safeguarding are not at the standards patients expect and deserve.

“Constituents have raised concerns with me about this practice, which I have taken up on their behalf. I welcome the support being given to improve and understand a further inspection will take place in the next six months.”

Friends Afternoon Tea at the Rectory

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The Friends of St Paulinus church held a fundraising Afternoon Tea at the Rectory on Saturday (8 June), which was hosted by Rev Paul Prentice.

A substantial spread of sandwiches and cakes together with tea and coffee were the order of the afternoon, and members were able to socialise and chat in the Rectory garden in the summer sunshine. There was also a fundraising raffle.

Among the guests attending the event were Bexleyheath and Crayford MP, Rt Hon Sir David Evennett and his wife Lady Evennett, and Bexley’s new Mayor Cllr Geraldene Lucia-Hennis and her husband Peter.

Pictured with the Mayor Cllr Geraldene Lucia-Hennis, Rt Hon Sir David Evennett MP and the Rector Rev Paul Prentice are Friends Chair Dorothy Pennington-Jones and committee members.

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.

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.”