Pragmatic Budget for Brexit Britain

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Yesterday afternoon (29 October) the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, delivered his Budget Statement. Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, was among MPs in the House of Commons Chamber listening to the Statement.

The Chancellor reported that:

  • Economic growth has been revised up from 1.3% to 1.6%
  • Employment has been revised up, with 800,000 more jobs in 2023 than previously forecast
  • Wages are set to rise above inflation in each of the next five years
  • We have met our borrowing target three years early
  • We have also met our debt target three years early

Sir David spoke during the debate on the Budget Resolutions to highlight his support for the previous announcement of £20.5 billion more in real terms for the NHS by 2023-24 as well as the additional £2billion for mental health funding, the increase of the Personal Allowance to £12,500 and to £50,000 for the Higher Rate Threshold one year ahead of schedule, and more money for roads and repairing potholes.

Sir David commented: “The Treasury team have done a good job of putting together a Budget that is constructive, positive and looking forward. The Chancellor of the Exchequer has put forward an interesting Budget. It comes at an important time for our country, because on 29 March next year we will leave the European Union. We need him to be upbeat and confident about our future; I certainly am. I believe that Britain will thrive post Brexit. The dynamism and innovative people we have in our country should allow us a great future. I welcome the Chancellor’s upbeat analysis and believe passionately that the measures in the Budget will help us to make Britain a great country post Brexit.”

Whilst generally pleased with the measures in the Budget, Sir David did express that he was somewhat disappointed that “we are not looking to have an extension of Crossrail to Ebbsfleet”, as he remains a strong supporter of the C2E campaign.

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Poppy Launch

Pictured in Bexleyheath Broadway at the Poppy Launch event on Saturday 27 October.

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Dedication of Memorial Bench

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St Paulinus Church in Crayford has dedicated a new bench in the churchyard to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War 1 and also to remember the service of the men and women who lost their lives in the two world wars.

The dedication was held on Saturday morning (27 October) and officiated by the Rector, Rev Paul Prentice. Among those attending the ceremony were Rt Hon Sir David Evennett MP, the Mayor and Mayoress of Bexley Cllr Brian Bishop and Cllr Christine Bishop, and Bexley and Bromley Archdeacon the Ven Dr Paul Wright.

After the service the guests and members of the church and local community enjoyed tea, coffee and cake in the historic church.

Assos Refurbishment Celebrated

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Bexley Mayor, Cllr. Brian Bishop and Mayoress, Cllr. Christine Bishop, and the Rt. Hon. Sir David Evennett MP and Lady Evennett attended a dinner on Thursday evening (25 October) at ASSOS to celebrate the refurbishment of the Crayford restaurant. Joining them to sample the new menu were Crayford Councillor Geraldene Lucia-Hennis and her husband Peter. The restaurant owner and head chef, Mahmut Budak, decided to close in August for a revamp, and the decor and furnishings have been replaced with the bar relocated in the centre of the room.                                                                         

Evennett welcomes Rail Review

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The Department for Transport announced a root and branch review of the rail industry, and it has today (15 October) published the review’s Terms of Reference. They are available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/rail-review

The review will consider all parts of the rail industry, from the current franchising system and industry structures, to accountability and value for money for passengers and taxpayers.

Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has welcomed the Review. He commented: “the Review is certainly necessary, especially as we have experienced such a poor service in our area. I appreciate there has been an increase in rail users, particularly commuters, but rail companies need to be more accountable for the service they provide.”

Evennett helps promote Libraries Week

 

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With Shirley Ekpo and Emmanuel Morah

Sir David Evennett MP has joined a campaign to promote local libraries and their importance to communities in the Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency.

Libraries Week is an annual campaign that celebrates the nation’s much-loved libraries. It takes place between the 8th and 13th October, and this year has a wellbeing theme. During the week libraries across the country are showcasing how they bring communities together, combat loneliness, provide a space for reading and creativity, and support people with their mental health. Libraries Week concludes on Saturday 13th October with community choirs bringing the wellbeing benefits of singing into libraries up and down the country.

Sir David attended the launch of Libraries Week in the State Rooms of the Speaker’s House on Tuesday (9 October). It was hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Libraries and sponsored by Nielsen Book. The event ended with a special performance from New Young Voices Collective, the resident choir at Stratford Circus Arts Centre.

Libraries Week is organised by CILIP, the library and information association, and supported by partners including Arts Council England, The Reading Agency, Libraries Connected, the Leadership for Libraries Taskforce and the School Libraries Association.

Sir David also visited the Slade Green and Howbury Library to help promote the facility and speak with some of the local service users. He is pictured chatting with Charlele Wami, Shirley Ekpo and Emmanuel Morah.

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Speaking with Charlele Wami

Friends Hold AGM

 

IMG_4113.JPGRt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, joined members of the Friends of St Paulinus Church for their Annual General Meeting on Saturday afternoon (6 October) in the Community Hall in Crayford.

Reports were presented by the Chair, Dorothy Pennington-Jones, the Deputy Chair, Alan Baxter, and Treasurer, John Holbrook, on the years activities, finances and plans for the future.

Sir David took the Chair for the election of the Chair for 2018/19 and joined members and officers for tea, cakes and a fundraising raffle.

Officers elected for the year were

  • Chair: Dorothy Pennington-Jones
  • Treasurer: John Holbrook
  • Secretary: Alan Baxter

Crossroads Care Charity Ball 2018

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Crossroads Care South East London held their annual Charity Ball at the Marriott Hotel on Saturday evening (6 October), where the guests of honour were Rt Hon Sir David Evennett MP and Lady Evennett, as well as Bexley Mayor Cllr Brian Bishop and Mayoress Cllr Christine Bishop.

Sir David congratulated the MC, organiser and Chief Executive Darren Tobin for a fantastic evening dedicated to raising funds to support the work of Crossroads Care, and praised the carers who do such great work within our community and were so valued by so many people locally.

Evennett joins Tories in Birmingham

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Rt Hon Sir David Evennett MP was one of six representatives from Bexleyheath and Crayford Conservatives to attend the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham this week (30 September – 3 October).

Whilst in Birmingham, Sir David visited a number of the stall at the Conference to speak to a number of charities about their work and current campaigns, including the Royal British Legion, Alzheimer’s Society, Guide Dogs, Charities Aid Foundation.

He also spent time in the main Conference Hall listening to speeches from various Secretaries of State, the main highlights being Rt Hon Sajid Jarvis MP (Home Secretary), Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP (Brexit Secretary) and Rt Hon David Gauke MP (Justice Secretary).

Among other fringe meetings, Sir David attended the Conservative Policy Forum Reception. He spoke to a number of delegates about getting involved in helping shape the policies of the Conservative Party, and discussed his recent appointment as Co-Chair of the Building a Fairer Society Policy Group. He also sat in on the panel discussion with Rt Hon Anne Milton MP, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, on reimagining our education and skills system.

Sir David also attended the Conservative Home event at which Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP laid out his vision of how the Government should tackle a number of domestic issues, before moving on to Brexit.

The Prime Minister attacked Labour and their disastrous proposals for our country, before presenting a plan the Conservative’s constructive plans for Global Britain post-Brexit.

Following the conclusion of this year’s Conference, Sir David commented: “this year was a very successful Conference with good Conservative policies put forward to ensure our great country will succeed post-Brexit.

“The Prime Minister, in her wide-ranging address, put forward a variety of policies, and in particular I welcome the freezing of fuel duty for a further year and the removal of the cap on how much Councils can borrow against their Housing Revenue Account assets to fund new developments.

“I also welcome the plans outlined by the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, for our immigration system post-Brexit, in which we will no longer be constrained by the EU and will introduce a new British values test as well as strengthening English language requirements.”