Good news on Spending Review

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Rt Hon Sir David Evennett MP, Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party and MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has welcomed the measures announced in the Spending Review today (4 September) by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP. The Spending Review ensures all Government Departments have the funding they need to deliver on the public’s priorities and will deliver material funding increases for schools, hospitals, police, social care and in a number of other areas.

Sir David commented: “thanks to the hard work of the British people and the sensible measures taken by successive Conservative Governments, we have seen a significant reduction in the huge deficit left by the Labour Party, and can now spend more money on our vital public services whilst ensuring taxpayers’ money continues to be spent wisely.

“I am particularly pleased to see an additional £1bn of grant funding for social care, which will help support local authorities meet rising demand, that the baseline funding levels and Revenue Support Grant will be uprated by £300m, and the 6.3% increase for the resource budget of the Home Office, which will help to give the Police the resources they need to keep our streets safe.

“I have also been campaigning to improve social mobility and as part of this to increase minimum per pupil funding. I am therefore delighted that next year every secondary school will receive a minimum of £5,000 per pupil, and by 2021-22 every primary school will get at least £4,000 per pupil, whilst also giving schools security with a three-year settlement, starting with an additional £2.6bn next year and rising to £7.1bn in 2022-23 compared to 2019-20 funding levels.

“Only our Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and the Conservatives can build a brighter future for Britain, ensuring that we have a strong economy and can reap the benefits of Brexit after we leave the EU on 31 October.”

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Leadership and Loyalty theme at Tory dinner

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Leadership and loyalty were the theme of the speech given by Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford and Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party, to the Bexley Dining Club in Sidcup yesterday evening (2 September).

Over 50 Conservative members of the Dining Club enjoyed a two-course dinner at Sophie’s Choice restaurant at the political, social and fundraising event organised by Party activist Linda Evans and her committee.

Sir David spoke about serving in the Party under Margaret Thatcher and how there are always political tides of history, and cited 1979, 1997 and today in 2019. He highlighted her successes and the leadership she gave to save our country during the 1980s.

He then spoke about our new PM Boris Johnson and his dynamism and determination, not just to deliver Brexit but also to implement the policies that the country needed and the people wanted, such as on police and crime, education, the NHS, and tax and the economy.

Sir David commented: “Boris has real leadership qualities like Maggie, and he understands the needs for a Conservative One Nation Government dealing with the challenges of today. However, loyalty is vital from MPs and all Conservatives and has always been one of our strongest features. I deplore the disloyalty of some of our colleagues and urge them to put the interests of our nation first and back this broad-based Conservative Government. I believe Boris will succeed and our country will have a great future outside the EU”.

Evennett Appointed Conservative Party Vice Chairman

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Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, was yesterday (28 July) appointed as one of the Vice Chairmen of the Conservative Party by the Prime Minister, Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP. The appointment is part of a major shake-up of the Government and Conservative Campaign HQ.

Following his appointment, Sir David commented: “Obviously I am delighted and honoured to be appointed as a Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party. We have a fantastic and optimistic new leader in Boris Johnson, who among other things will deliver Brexit by 31 October, put 20,000 more Police officers on our streets, and increase per pupil funding in schools. I look forward to working with our excellent new Party Chairman, James Cleverly, to spread the Conservative message across the country.”

Evennett meets nurses in Parliament

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Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, attended a reception in Parliament earlier today (16 July) hosted by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). Sir David met with nursing staff and students delivering care across hospitals, care homes and community settings to learn more about their experiences.

Sir David spent time speaking with nurses from local hospital Queen Elizabeth (QEH), as well as other hospitals across London. He is pictured with nurses Andrea Wilson, Ann Muhammad, Noeleen Behan and Danielle Tiplady, as well as RCN President Professor Anne Marie Rafferty CBE. They spoke about staffing levels, agency staff, quality of care, and the change of leadership at QEH.

Sir David commented: “it was good to attend this event today and to meet some fantastic nurses providing vital frontline care, and to hear about their experiences working for the NHS. We are all incredibly grateful for the job they do.”

Childhood obesity must stay high on political agenda

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Last Wednesday (3 July), Rt Hon Sir David Evennett MP attended an event in Parliament to support an event organised by the Obesity Health Alliance, a coalition of over 40 leading charities, medical royal colleges and campaign groups, to mark the one-year anniversary of chapter 2 of the Government’s childhood obesity plan.

Sir David spoke with representatives from various organisations and heard from obesity experts about a scorecard detailing progress made in the last year. The Government has held 12-week consultations on banning the sale of energy drinks to children, mandatory calorie labelling in cafes, restaurants and takeaways, restricting unhealthy food promotions and introducing a 9pm watershed on unhealthy adverts on TV and online.

Sir David commented: “I am very concerned about childhood obesity, particularly as this is such an issue in Bexley where we are among the worst London Borough’s with over a third of children overweight or obese. We need to see action and more progress made on implementing the proposals in Chapter 2 of the Childhood Obesity Plan.”

At the event, MPs also heard about new polling data* which showed that:

  • 69% agree the new Prime Minister should continue to prioritise reducing childhood obesity
  • 86% agree childhood obesity is a serious problem
  • 76% say they are supportive of government action to reduce levels of childhood obesity
  • 80% say they are worried about the impact of obesity on NHS resources

Sir David commented: “I am very concerned about childhood obesity, particularly as this is such an issue in Bexley where we are among the worst London Borough’s with over a third of children overweight or obese. Childhood obesity must stay high on the political agenda and we need to see more progress made on implementing the proposals in Chapter 2 of the Childhood Obesity Plan.”

 

Sir David pulls a pint at refurbished Danson Stables

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Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, paid a visit to the refurbished Danson Stables last week (Friday 5 July).

Danson Stables was built in the 1700s and it was originally a stable block belonging to the Mansion House in the park. The Grade-II listed building has recently enjoyed a £300,000 refurbishment, reopening just in time for the summer. The pub boasts a selection of pale ales and craft ales – including Bexley’s Own Beer – that are rotated to bring the best in regional, local and seasonal specials.

Sir David was greeted by General Manager, Darren Appleby, and Area Manager, Allen Charlton. He then toured the venue and discussed plans for the future, before chatting with staff and pulling a pint.

Sir David commented: “Danson Stables is obviously in a fantastic location in Danson Park and looks brilliant after the refurbishment. It has a positive and friendly atmosphere and I am sure it will continue to be successful”.

 

Local Conservatives Back Boris

 

IMG_1274.jpgLeading local Tories Rt Hon Sir David Evennett MP, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, Bexley Council Leader Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE and Erith and Thamesmead Conservative Association Chairman Cllr John Davey, have been supporting and campaigning for Boris Johnson to be elected the next Conservative Party Leader and Prime Minister.

Pictured are some of the local Bexley for Boris Tory activists taking a short lunchtime break in Danson Park on Friday afternoon.

Evennett blasts BBC on presenters salaries

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Bexleyheath and Crayford MP, Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, has blasted the BBC for the huge salaries paid to celebrities and the increasing salary costs, whilst at the same time ending funding for free TV licences for the over 75s. The BBC published its executive salary list yesterday (2 July) as part of its Annual Report and Accounts for 2018/19.

Sir David commented: “The BBC has a substantial licence fee, and paying enormous salaries for executives, newsreaders, presenters and stars will not be popular with their viewers.

“I am very disappointed with the BBC’s recent actions, particularly reneging on the agreement to continue with free TV licences for over 75s. I was also disappointed with the response to my letter from Director General, Lord Hall, and the fact he is continuing to allow salary increases for already highly paid presenters, and was surprised at the number of senior BBC executives earning over £200,000.

“Whilst I remain a supporter of the BBC, I really feel they should look again at their recent decisions and better utilise their resources”.

Small Business Minister Welcomed to Bexleyheath Fundraising Supper

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Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility, Kelly Tolhurst MP, was the guest speaker at a fundraising supper for the Bexleyheath and Crayford Conservative Association last Thursday (27 June).

Ms Tolhurst spoke to members about about her career before politics as a small business owner, how she got involved in politics and her Ministerial position. She then highlighted the work the Conservative Government has done to support small businesses, before taking questions from attendees.