David Evennett

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The Right Honourable
David Evennett
File:David Evennett MP.jpg
Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
Assumed office
4 September 2012
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Brooks Newmark
Member of Parliament
for Bexleyheath and Crayford
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by Nigel Beard
Majority 10,344 (24%)
Member of Parliament
for Erith and Crayford
In office
9 June 1983 – 1 May 1997
Preceded by James Wellbeloved
Succeeded by Constituency Abolished
Personal details
Born (1949-06-03) 3 June 1949 (age 73)
Romford, Essex, England
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Marilyn Smith
Alma mater London School of Economics
Occupation Politician
Religion Anglican

David Anthony Evennett (born 3 June 1949, Romford) is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Bexleyheath and Crayford.

Early life

He was educated at Buckhurst Hill County High School and the London School of Economics where he was awarded an MSc in Economics. He began his career as a teacher at Ilford County High School, 1972–4 and resigned when he became a councillor for the London Borough of Redbridge (1974–8). From 1974 until 1981 he was also a marine insurance broker at Lloyd's.

Parliamentary career

In 1979 he contested the safe Labour seat of Hackney South and Shoreditch but lost by 6,704 to Ronald Brown.

Erith and Crayford

He was elected as the Conservative MP for Erith and Crayford at the 1983 general election when he defeated James Wellbeloved who had defected from the Labour Party to the new Social Democratic Party in 1981. Evennett won the seat with a majority of 920 votes over Wellbeloved. He remained the MP until the seat was redrawn at the 1997 general election.

In parliament he joined the Education and Science Select Committee in 1986, and following the 1992 general election he was appointed the Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Minister of State at the Department for Education Emily Blatch. In 1993 be became the PPS to the Secretary of State for Wales John Redwood until 1995 when he was the PPS to the Home Office minister David Maclean, and then to Gillian Shephard to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in 1996, where he remained until he was defeated at the 1997 general election.

Bexleyheath and Crayford

He contested the newly drawn Bexleyheath and Crayford seat but lost to Labour's Nigel Beard by 3,415 votes. He narrowly lost to Beard again at the 2001 general election but reduced his majority to 1,475. However, he was re-elected to Parliament for Bexleyheath and Crayford at the 2005 general election, ousting Beard by 4,551 votes.

By winning back a seat which, albeit after boundary changes, he had lost in 1997, he became the only MP to have lost his seat in the Labour landslide of 1997, fought the same seat unsuccessfully in 2001 and then to have fought and won it back at the second attempt.

Following his re-election in 2005 he was a member of the Education and Skills Select Committee, and was appointed as an Opposition Whip by Michael Howard and remained a whip under the new leadership of David Cameron. In January 2009 he was appointed Shadow Minister for Skills in the Conservative Innovation, Universities and Skills team.

At the 2010 general election, he was returned with a majority of 10,344, and was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education.

In 2012, he was appointed Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury (Government Whip).

In March 2015, he was appointed to the Privy Council of the United Kingdom and therefore granted the title The Right Honourable.[1]

Personal life

He married Marilyn Smith in 1975 in Redbridge and they have two sons.


  1. "Privy Council appointments: March 2015". Press release. Prime Minister's Office. 12 March 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Wellbeloved
Member of Parliament for Erith and Crayford
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
Nigel Beard
Member of Parliament for Bexleyheath and Crayford