Sir David Anthony Evennett (born 3 June 1949, Romford) is a Conservative politician. He was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) 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.
Sir David Evennett
|Vice Chairman of the|
Conservative Party for Business Engagment
4 September 2012 – 9 January 2018
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Preceded by||Brooks Newmark|
|Succeeded by||Andrew Stephenson|
|Lord Commissioner of the Treasury|
|Assumed office |
5 August 2019
|Preceded by||Paul Scully|
|Member of Parliament |
for Bexleyheath and Crayford
|Assumed office |
5 May 2005
|Preceded by||Nigel Beard|
|Member of Parliament |
for Erith and Crayford
9 June 1983 – 8 April 1997
|Preceded by||James Wellbeloved|
|Succeeded by||Constituency abolished|
3 June 1949
Romford, Essex, England
|Alma mater||London School of Economics|
Sir David 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 between 1972 and 1974, from which post he resigned when he was elected to Redbridge London Borough Council (1974–78). From 1974 to 1981 he was also a marine insurance broker at Lloyd's, and he worked as a lecturer in management between 1997 and 2005.
Erith and Crayford
Sir David 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. Sir David 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. 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 he became the PPS to John Redwood, the Secretary of State for Wales, until 1995 when he was made PPS to the Home Office minister David Maclean, and then PPS to Gillian Shephard at the Department for Education 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 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. 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 made a member of the Education & 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 PPS to Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education. In 2012, he was appointed Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury (Government Whip) and remained in the role until January 2018.
On 18 May 2018, it was announced that David Evennett would be knighted.
He married Marilyn Smith in 1975 in Redbridge; the couple have two sons and two grandchildren.
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- "Privy Council appointments: March 2015". Press release. Prime Minister's Office. 12 March 2015. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
- "David Evennett MP appointed acting Sport, Tourism and Heritage Minister". Press release. Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Archived from the original on 9 April 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
- "Queen confers Peerages: 18 May 2018". GOV.UK. Archived from the original on 22 May 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2018.