David Evennett

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The Right Honourable
David Evennett
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Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
Assumed office
4 September 2012
Prime Minister David Cameron
Theresa May
Chancellor George Osborne
Philip Hammond
Preceded by Brooks Newmark
Minister for Sport and Tourism
In office
January 2016 – July 2016
Prime Minister David Cameron
Acting for Tracey Crouch
Member of Parliament
for Bexleyheath and Crayford
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by Nigel Beard
Majority 9,073 (20%)
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 68)
Romford, Essex, England
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Marilyn Smith
Alma mater London School of Economics
Occupation Politician

David Anthony Evennett (born 3 June 1949, Romford) is a Conservative politician. He was elected as the Member of Parliament for Bexleyheath and Crayford at the 2005 general election. Previously he was the MP for Erith and Crayford between the 1983 and 1997 general elections.

Early life[edit]

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, 1972–74 and resigned when he became a councillor for the London Borough of Redbridge (1974–78). From 1974-81 he was also a marine insurance broker at Lloyd's, and he worked as a lecturer in management between 1997–2005.[1]

At the 1979 general election he contested the safe Labour seat of Hackney South and Shoreditch but he came second to Ronald Brown who was elected.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Erith and Crayford[edit]

Evennett 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 newly formed Social Democrats in 1981. Evennett gained the seat with a majority of 920 votes over Wellbeloved. He remained the MP until the seat was redrawn in boundary changes 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[edit]

He contested the newly drawn Bexleyheath and Crayford seat in 1997 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.[2]

From January 2016 to July 2016, he was the Acting Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport, Tourism and Heritage, to cover the maternity leave of Tracey Crouch.[3]

Personal life[edit]

He married Marilyn Smith in 1975 in Redbridge; the couple have two sons and two grandchildren.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Biography of David Evennett". 
  2. ^ "Privy Council appointments: March 2015". Press release. Prime Minister's Office. 12 March 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "David Evennett MP appointed acting Sport, Tourism and Heritage Minister". Press release. Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 

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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
2005 – present