Making Britain the Best Place to Grow Up and Grow Old

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Yesterday (16 May), Rt Hon Nadhim Zahawi MP, the Secretary of State for Education, opened the fourth day of the debate on the Queen’s Speech on ‘Making Britain the Best Place to Grow Up and Grow Old’. Mr Zahawi used his speech to outline how the Government’s substantial legislative programme will ensure children receive the world class educations they need to succeed, spread opportunity more equally across the country and support lifelong learning and upskilling.

Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford and Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party, intervened during Mr Zahawi’s speech to highlight the excellent work Townley Grammar School for girls are doing in taking over King Henry School in Erith to share skills and provide a better education to even more children in Bexley Borough.

Mr Evennett subsequently delivered his own speech in the debate. He expressed his view that “the UK is, and always has been, one of the best places to grow up in, and I am convinced that it remains a great place for those of all ages to live in”. He used his speech to focus on the Government’s policies for education and concluded with:

“by levelling up skills and education, we not only help to unleash the potential of every area in our United Kingdom, but grow the economy and boost our GDP. There is a clear theme from the Queen’s Speech that needs to be promoted loud and clear: the Conservative Government believe in social mobility, opportunity and an education system that offers the best to all, so that every individual can maximise their life chances”.

Sir David’s full speech, as well as the entire Debate on the Address, can be read at:


Evennett welcomes Queen’s Speech

Earlier today (10 May), Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, gave his “strong support” for the Queen’s Speech and “warmly welcomed” the measures contained within it. At the top of the Government’s agenda was the determination to grow the economy and help ease the cost of living for families.

Sir David watched the historic moment when the Prince of Wales addressed Parliament, as the Queen missed the State Opening of Parliament for the first time in 59 years due to health reasons.

The measures announced will help everyone across the country by helping to ease the cost of living, strengthening our economy, clearing the COVID backlogs in the NHS, making the most of our Brexit freedoms, levelling up and making our streets safer.

The Schools Bill was among 38 new Bills for the upcoming Parliamentary session. The Bill will raise standards for students, reform funding and level up opportunity by delivering a stronger and more highly performing school system that benefits every child, regardless of where they live.

The speech also included the Brexit Reforms Bill to ensure retained EU law can be amended, repealed or replaced with legislation which better suits the UK and British business.

The Government will also deliver a key manifesto pledge from the 2019 General Election on human rights by introducing a new British Bill of Rights. This will restore the balance of power between the legislature and the courts, ensuring our human rights framework meets the needs of the British people, boosts public confidence and ends the abuse of our human rights framework and restores common sense to our justice system.

Evennett welcomes Chancellor’s Spring Statement

Earlier today (23 March), the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, delivered his Spring Statement in Parliament. Among the various measures, he announced his new Tax Plan to reduce and reform taxes, plans to tackle the increase in the cost of living and incentivising private sector-led growth.

Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford and Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party for Business, was present in the House of Commons Chamber to listen to the Chancellor. Sir David commented: “this package will be welcomed across the UK as it will help families with the cost of living with the largest ever fuel duty cut, doubling the existing Household Support Fund to £1 billion and raising the National Insurance starting threshold to £12,570 from July to deliver a tax cut for nearly 30 million workers.

“I regularly speak with businesses across the country and know they will also be pleased with the measures contained within the Spring Statement today. In particular, the increase in the Employment Allowance, which will be worth up to £1,000 for half a million smaller businesses”.

Following his Statement, Mr Sunak said: “It is only because this Conservative Government is taking the tough but responsible decisions that we can announce taxes are being cut and debt is falling. Today’s new Tax Plan will help families with the cost of living, create the conditions for private sector-led growth, and share the proceeds of growth fairly. We are delivering the biggest net cut to personal taxes in over a quarter of a century, and that is only possible because of the disciplined approach to public spending that only a Conservative government can provide.”

Business focus at Conservative Spring Forum

Left to right: Rt Hon Sir David Evennett MP, Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, Mark Brooks OBE

Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford and Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party, and Mark Brooks OBE, President of the Bexleyheath and Crayford Conservative Association, were among those that attended the Conservative Spring Forum in Blackpool from Thursday 17th – Saturday 19th February.

Sir David, who is the Vice Chairman for Business, hosted various meetings for members to listen and question Ministers on business and industry related matters. In addition, he hosted a business dinner, with guest speaker Rt Hon Therese Coffey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, as well as a business lunch, which was addressed by the Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, which Mark Brooks attended as well.

Sir David and Mark also spent time in the Conference hall, where the PM, Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Foreign Secretary delivered speeches.

Evennett helps to support Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal

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Marie Curie is the UK’s leading end of life charity. The charity provides essential frontline nursing and hospice care for people with any terminal illness, a free support line and a wealth of information and support on all aspects of dying, death and bereavement. It is the largest charity funder of palliative and end of life care research in the UK. Last year, the charity provided direct support to more than 69,000 people – a 15% rise on the previous year – which is more than ever before.

The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s flagship annual fundraising appeal and is now in its 36th year. The campaign is held every March but its public collections have been cancelled for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, fundraising events and collections are going ahead, and the charity is urging new and existing supporters to come forward to show their support.

Earlier this week, Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford and Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party, attended a Parliamentary event to show his support for Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal. Sir David joined Parliamentary colleagues and Paul Chuckle, TV comedian and entertainer best known for being one-half of comedy duo The Chuckle Brothers.

At the event, Sir David spoke with representatives from the charity about the appeal and the work they do to support people affected by terminal illness. He commented: “Marie Cure have always done such fantastic work to support people with terminal illness and their families. I am therefore pleased to be able to support the Great Daffodil Appeal yet again and to help highlight this campaign.”

Bexleyheath and Crayford Conservative Association Hold AGM

The Bexleyheath and Crayford Conservative Association held their Annual General Meeting last Friday evening (4 March) at the Bexleyheath Conservative Club.

The Association’s President, Mark Brooks OBE, Chaired the well-attended meeting. Members received reports from the Association Officers on the work they have been doing over the past year, as well as Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE, Leader of Bexley Council, and Cllr Peter Fortune AM, Member of the London Assembly for Bexley and Bromley.

Sir David updated members on the work he has been doing over the past year. He also spoke about the current situation in the Ukraine, the Government’s efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and the Prime Minister’s agenda, including levelling up and building back better.

Evennett celebrates World Book Day 

Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford and Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party, is helping to celebrate World Book Day 2022 on what is its 25th Anniversary today (3 March). 

Each year, World Book Day creates bespoke £1 books for children and young adults across the UK and Ireland, to promote the power of imagination and the importance of reading. Through World Book Day, children are given a £1 book token, which they can take to a bookshop or supermarket to get their free World Book Day book. World Book Day reaches 15 million children and young people with tokens distributed to over 45,000 educational establishments in the UK and Ireland. 

Sir David attended a Parliamentary reception earlier this week to show his support for the campaign and to hear about the work World Book Day is doing to improve the lives of children through reading. He commented: “It is a pleasure to be able to support World Book Day again on its 25th anniversary. It is so vitally important that every child and young adult in has the opportunity to have a book of their own that they have chosen for themselves. Reading helps you to grow mentally, emotionally, and psychologically and provides the opportunity to escape, learn and explore new ideas.  

Fairtrade Fortnight campaign in Parliament

Fairtrade Fortnight 2022 is currently underway, running from 21st February – 6th March. During this time, the Fairtrade Foundation is running a campaign to highlight the growing challenges that climate change brings to farmers and agricultural workers overseas, who grow popular products such as tea, coffee, cocoa and bananas.

Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford and Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party, was among 55 MPs that attended a drop-in session in Parliament yesterday (1 March) to learn more about the campaign.

At the event, MPs participated in a photocall, sampled Fairtrade products, were offered Fairtrade facemasks created by sustainable clothing company Neutral and to learn more about the Fairtrade Foundation’s work and campaigns.

Evennett supports Bill to improve access to transport for disabled people

Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford and Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party, has given his support to a Private Members Bill that would improve access to transport for disabled people.

The Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Disabled Persons) Bill was submitted to the House of Commons by Rt Hon Jeremy Wright, MP for Kenilworth and Southam. It would oblige drivers of taxis and private hire vehicles to accept passengers with disabilities, to refrain from charging them extra and to provide them with appropriate assistance, unless there is good reason as to why they should not be subject to these duties.

The Bill went through Committee Stage yesterday (9 February). Sir David served on the Committee and expressed his strong support, and used the opportunity to commend London Black Cab Drivers as well. He commented:

This is a most welcome Bill. Many taxis in London already do the things he highlights—I am a big supporter of London taxis, because they do a fantastic job and offer a good service—but the new duties are needed to ensure that those with disabilities are treated as fairly and equally as everybody else. I welcome the Bill, and I put on the record that London taxis are great.