Poll: Bexleyheath and Crayford MP David Evennett tries but fails to block Commons cup of tea price rise

News Shopper: David Evennett opposed the tea rise but backed hikes for other food and drink. David Evennett opposed the tea rise but backed hikes for other food and drink.

BEXLEYHEATH and Crayford David Evennett MP has failed in his attempt to block the rise in price of a Commons cuppa.

Controversy was brewing over a proposal to raise the cost of a cup of tea in the Palace of Westminster from 65p to 70p.

Conservative Mr Evennett tried to halt the 7.7 per cent hike in his capacity as a member of the House of Commons Administration Committee which deals with all aspects of Parliamentary administration.

But the measure was carried at a meeting of the committee last week, along with price rises for other subsidised food and drink which aim to save the taxpayer £25,000 a year – of which the more expensive tea will save £10,000.

Mr Evennett said: “We do need to raise more revenue to reduce the taxpayer subsidy of Parliament and I feel alcoholic drinks and other charges should rise.

“However, in April, the price of tea will rise by 5p to 70p after a 5p increase last September, and I was concerned for the considerable number of staff who work in Parliament and are not readily able to go elsewhere.

“I did not support the price rise for tea but I supported the other price rises for catering.”

 

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3:23pm Tue 4 Feb 14

paulbexleyheath says...

he clearly has nothing better to do with hes time .... maybe they should cut his wages that would save a lot on money , total waist of space .
he clearly has nothing better to do with hes time .... maybe they should cut his wages that would save a lot on money , total waist of space . paulbexleyheath
  • Score: 6

5:41pm Tue 4 Feb 14

mr2wheels100 says...

Buy a kettle and stick it on your expenses you tight ar$e!
Buy a kettle and stick it on your expenses you tight ar$e! mr2wheels100
  • Score: 6

7:04pm Tue 4 Feb 14

whats common about sense says...

If people on benefits can buy flat screen tv's, foreign holidays, designer clothes and all the latest gadgets, whilst going out drinking, taking drugs, smoking, gambling and eating take-away on £71.70 a week (£3728.40 a year) JSA how can MP's not afford 70p for a cuppa on a salary of £66k? No I didn't include housing benefits as it is a null and void argument as it goes to landlords and MP's don't exactly pay their own rent (or much else) and I doubt many people get £60k a year housing benefits anyway, or in child benefit for that matter, you'd need to pop an awful lot out to claim that much £20.13 a week for the first and £13.40 for any others, won't do all the math but you get the idea....

Don't give me that old chestnut about them working hard either, carers work hard for less than £60 a week, most work 24/7 365 days a year unlike MP's....
If people on benefits can buy flat screen tv's, foreign holidays, designer clothes and all the latest gadgets, whilst going out drinking, taking drugs, smoking, gambling and eating take-away on £71.70 a week (£3728.40 a year) JSA how can MP's not afford 70p for a cuppa on a salary of £66k? No I didn't include housing benefits as it is a null and void argument as it goes to landlords and MP's don't exactly pay their own rent (or much else) and I doubt many people get £60k a year housing benefits anyway, or in child benefit for that matter, you'd need to pop an awful lot out to claim that much £20.13 a week for the first and £13.40 for any others, won't do all the math but you get the idea.... Don't give me that old chestnut about them working hard either, carers work hard for less than £60 a week, most work 24/7 365 days a year unlike MP's.... whats common about sense
  • Score: 6

7:17pm Tue 4 Feb 14

childs447 says...

Just disgusting why doesn't he concern himself with real issues rather then his tea!!!!
Just disgusting why doesn't he concern himself with real issues rather then his tea!!!! childs447
  • Score: 8

7:34pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Outandabout says...

whats common about sense wrote:
If people on benefits can buy flat screen tv's, foreign holidays, designer clothes and all the latest gadgets, whilst going out drinking, taking drugs, smoking, gambling and eating take-away on £71.70 a week (£3728.40 a year) JSA how can MP's not afford 70p for a cuppa on a salary of £66k? No I didn't include housing benefits as it is a null and void argument as it goes to landlords and MP's don't exactly pay their own rent (or much else) and I doubt many people get £60k a year housing benefits anyway, or in child benefit for that matter, you'd need to pop an awful lot out to claim that much £20.13 a week for the first and £13.40 for any others, won't do all the math but you get the idea....

Don't give me that old chestnut about them working hard either, carers work hard for less than £60 a week, most work 24/7 365 days a year unlike MP's....
Well at least you didn't stigmatise benefit claimants by labelling them all as feckless drug taking drinkers. Far less dramatic is that 96% of working age benefits go to people IN work. 88% of Housing benefit claimants are IN work. So it means while big business pays minimum wage, we pay top up their income benefits but rather than attack the non or low tax paying corporations we attack the working poor, yes, the 'WORKING POOR'. Its a shame you went for the cheap option. All you left out was 'hang benefit claimants'
[quote][p][bold]whats common about sense[/bold] wrote: If people on benefits can buy flat screen tv's, foreign holidays, designer clothes and all the latest gadgets, whilst going out drinking, taking drugs, smoking, gambling and eating take-away on £71.70 a week (£3728.40 a year) JSA how can MP's not afford 70p for a cuppa on a salary of £66k? No I didn't include housing benefits as it is a null and void argument as it goes to landlords and MP's don't exactly pay their own rent (or much else) and I doubt many people get £60k a year housing benefits anyway, or in child benefit for that matter, you'd need to pop an awful lot out to claim that much £20.13 a week for the first and £13.40 for any others, won't do all the math but you get the idea.... Don't give me that old chestnut about them working hard either, carers work hard for less than £60 a week, most work 24/7 365 days a year unlike MP's....[/p][/quote]Well at least you didn't stigmatise benefit claimants by labelling them all as feckless drug taking drinkers. Far less dramatic is that 96% of working age benefits go to people IN work. 88% of Housing benefit claimants are IN work. So it means while big business pays minimum wage, we pay top up their income benefits but rather than attack the non or low tax paying corporations we attack the working poor, yes, the 'WORKING POOR'. Its a shame you went for the cheap option. All you left out was 'hang benefit claimants' Outandabout
  • Score: -4

9:11pm Tue 4 Feb 14

HearTheFacts says...

David Evenett visit a cafe and see the price of a cup of tea. If you are so concerned about staff at Westminster. Not being able to buy a cup of tea, simple Mr Evenett. Buy it for them!.

This shows, what is really being debated in parliament. Forget the important matters, the price of a cuppa that serious!. What about debating about our troops, coming home from Afganiston. To what the dole, thanks a great thanks.
David Evenett visit a cafe and see the price of a cup of tea. If you are so concerned about staff at Westminster. Not being able to buy a cup of tea, simple Mr Evenett. Buy it for them!. This shows, what is really being debated in parliament. Forget the important matters, the price of a cuppa that serious!. What about debating about our troops, coming home from Afganiston. To what the dole, thanks a great thanks. HearTheFacts
  • Score: 9

9:22am Wed 5 Feb 14

derekhope says...

David, you have shot yourself in the foot with this one. I know of individuals who are not mp's who have access to the House of Commons bars which all operate at subsidised rates and who go there just for cheap drink. Subsidies should be for those who wouldn't ordinary buy eats and drinks because of their financial circumstances and not a "Perk" for being an MP which is high enough paid as it is.
David, you have shot yourself in the foot with this one. I know of individuals who are not mp's who have access to the House of Commons bars which all operate at subsidised rates and who go there just for cheap drink. Subsidies should be for those who wouldn't ordinary buy eats and drinks because of their financial circumstances and not a "Perk" for being an MP which is high enough paid as it is. derekhope
  • Score: 9

10:30am Wed 5 Feb 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Please don't disturb Evennett in future while he has his snout and trotters in the trough. Oink oink oink. This little piggy went wee wee wee all the way home.
Please don't disturb Evennett in future while he has his snout and trotters in the trough. Oink oink oink. This little piggy went wee wee wee all the way home. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -25

1:10pm Wed 5 Feb 14

whats common about sense says...

Outandabout wrote:
whats common about sense wrote:
If people on benefits can buy flat screen tv's, foreign holidays, designer clothes and all the latest gadgets, whilst going out drinking, taking drugs, smoking, gambling and eating take-away on £71.70 a week (£3728.40 a year) JSA how can MP's not afford 70p for a cuppa on a salary of £66k? No I didn't include housing benefits as it is a null and void argument as it goes to landlords and MP's don't exactly pay their own rent (or much else) and I doubt many people get £60k a year housing benefits anyway, or in child benefit for that matter, you'd need to pop an awful lot out to claim that much £20.13 a week for the first and £13.40 for any others, won't do all the math but you get the idea....

Don't give me that old chestnut about them working hard either, carers work hard for less than £60 a week, most work 24/7 365 days a year unlike MP's....
Well at least you didn't stigmatise benefit claimants by labelling them all as feckless drug taking drinkers. Far less dramatic is that 96% of working age benefits go to people IN work. 88% of Housing benefit claimants are IN work. So it means while big business pays minimum wage, we pay top up their income benefits but rather than attack the non or low tax paying corporations we attack the working poor, yes, the 'WORKING POOR'. Its a shame you went for the cheap option. All you left out was 'hang benefit claimants'
I am disabled and a full time carer on benefits, I was being sarcastic, obviously you can't afford all that on the pittance that is benefits but according to MPs, The Daily Mail and The Sun that is what all benefits recipients have and we can afford it on a fraction of an MP's wage so if they believe we can afford all that rubbish and are all alcoholic druggies on £3728 a year how the hell can he not afford a 70p cuppa on £66k a year? The politicians and media are the ones stigmatising people, MP's work seven months out of twelve for £66k a year, I am getting £59.75 a week as a carer, I have already booked 15 holidays for this month and have a flat screen on every wall, or actually I have no heating, cheap food, holes in my shoes that let the rain in and I sit in the dark to save electric but yeah hang me please it is better than this existence anyway.

I thought that point was quite clear, I don't bash the disabled or those fallen on hard times, I bash the real scroungers - the MPs.

Another interesting statistic is £16bn a year goes unclaimed in benefits, £1.2 bn on fraud and £2.2bn in errors, £3.4bn is lost yet £16bn is unclaimed and welfare is the priority and what everybody gets so worked up about, it drives me crazy to see so many people that have no idea only 3% of welfare budget goes to the unemployed the rest is pensioners, low paid workers and families, yet every other story is benefit scrounger this, benefit scrounger that, making work pay, work will set you free.... bonus points for knowing which other historical character (not IDS, Cameron or Osbourne) loved the phrase work will set you free, I'll give you a clue they were German..

Sorry for the rant and sorry if you misunderstood but this makes me so angry, 70p for a cuppa and he gets upset? How much is a cuppa at costa or starbucks? I'd guess it is more than 70p and they don't even pay taxes on that anyway....
[quote][p][bold]Outandabout[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whats common about sense[/bold] wrote: If people on benefits can buy flat screen tv's, foreign holidays, designer clothes and all the latest gadgets, whilst going out drinking, taking drugs, smoking, gambling and eating take-away on £71.70 a week (£3728.40 a year) JSA how can MP's not afford 70p for a cuppa on a salary of £66k? No I didn't include housing benefits as it is a null and void argument as it goes to landlords and MP's don't exactly pay their own rent (or much else) and I doubt many people get £60k a year housing benefits anyway, or in child benefit for that matter, you'd need to pop an awful lot out to claim that much £20.13 a week for the first and £13.40 for any others, won't do all the math but you get the idea.... Don't give me that old chestnut about them working hard either, carers work hard for less than £60 a week, most work 24/7 365 days a year unlike MP's....[/p][/quote]Well at least you didn't stigmatise benefit claimants by labelling them all as feckless drug taking drinkers. Far less dramatic is that 96% of working age benefits go to people IN work. 88% of Housing benefit claimants are IN work. So it means while big business pays minimum wage, we pay top up their income benefits but rather than attack the non or low tax paying corporations we attack the working poor, yes, the 'WORKING POOR'. Its a shame you went for the cheap option. All you left out was 'hang benefit claimants'[/p][/quote]I am disabled and a full time carer on benefits, I was being sarcastic, obviously you can't afford all that on the pittance that is benefits but according to MPs, The Daily Mail and The Sun that is what all benefits recipients have and we can afford it on a fraction of an MP's wage so if they believe we can afford all that rubbish and are all alcoholic druggies on £3728 a year how the hell can he not afford a 70p cuppa on £66k a year? The politicians and media are the ones stigmatising people, MP's work seven months out of twelve for £66k a year, I am getting £59.75 a week as a carer, I have already booked 15 holidays for this month and have a flat screen on every wall, or actually I have no heating, cheap food, holes in my shoes that let the rain in and I sit in the dark to save electric but yeah hang me please it is better than this existence anyway. I thought that point was quite clear, I don't bash the disabled or those fallen on hard times, I bash the real scroungers - the MPs. Another interesting statistic is £16bn a year goes unclaimed in benefits, £1.2 bn on fraud and £2.2bn in errors, £3.4bn is lost yet £16bn is unclaimed and welfare is the priority and what everybody gets so worked up about, it drives me crazy to see so many people that have no idea only 3% of welfare budget goes to the unemployed the rest is pensioners, low paid workers and families, yet every other story is benefit scrounger this, benefit scrounger that, making work pay, work will set you free.... bonus points for knowing which other historical character (not IDS, Cameron or Osbourne) loved the phrase work will set you free, I'll give you a clue they were German.. Sorry for the rant and sorry if you misunderstood but this makes me so angry, 70p for a cuppa and he gets upset? How much is a cuppa at costa or starbucks? I'd guess it is more than 70p and they don't even pay taxes on that anyway.... whats common about sense
  • Score: 6

1:17pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Sidcupite says...

I've just read this. It has seriously made me laugh! What have the good people of Bexleyheath and Crayford done to deserve an MP whose priorities are so trivial?
I've just read this. It has seriously made me laugh! What have the good people of Bexleyheath and Crayford done to deserve an MP whose priorities are so trivial? Sidcupite
  • Score: 6

4:47pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Bestbaz says...

That's about the extreme of his capabilities. At least he is consistent... he even fails trying to keep the price of a cup of tea. How much did that vote cost the tax payer, and what a waste of MPs time, still he has to be kept busy on something. Still, no doubt the MPs will recover this price increase by some other means
That's about the extreme of his capabilities. At least he is consistent... he even fails trying to keep the price of a cup of tea. How much did that vote cost the tax payer, and what a waste of MPs time, still he has to be kept busy on something. Still, no doubt the MPs will recover this price increase by some other means Bestbaz
  • Score: 6

5:02pm Thu 6 Feb 14

dizzy13 says...

Has anyone noticed despite all the views made by local people, the poll the news shopper ran shows a different picture? Are we all happy for the huge perks and cheap the mp and well paid staff get t our expense???

Maybe the news shopper should see how many hits they get from Parliament around lunchtime, could it be an over eager Research Secretary worried their tea might go up? God help the gravy train running dry!!!!

News shopper - the poll is fixed???
Has anyone noticed despite all the views made by local people, the poll the news shopper ran shows a different picture? Are we all happy for the huge perks and cheap the mp and well paid staff get t our expense??? Maybe the news shopper should see how many hits they get from Parliament around lunchtime, could it be an over eager Research Secretary worried their tea might go up? God help the gravy train running dry!!!! News shopper - the poll is fixed??? dizzy13
  • Score: 2

8:03pm Mon 10 Feb 14

goldenbroomboy says...

dizzy13 wrote:
Has anyone noticed despite all the views made by local people, the poll the news shopper ran shows a different picture? Are we all happy for the huge perks and cheap the mp and well paid staff get t our expense??? Maybe the news shopper should see how many hits they get from Parliament around lunchtime, could it be an over eager Research Secretary worried their tea might go up? God help the gravy train running dry!!!! News shopper - the poll is fixed???
In all fairness to David Evennett, he opposed the tea price increase not on behalf of MP's, but upon behalf of the staff who work at the Houses of Parliament. Most Civil Servants are not mandarins on huge salaries, but poorly paid clerical workers.

So that is why I voted for option 1, although I suspect many others did so for a laugh.
[quote][p][bold]dizzy13[/bold] wrote: Has anyone noticed despite all the views made by local people, the poll the news shopper ran shows a different picture? Are we all happy for the huge perks and cheap the mp and well paid staff get t our expense??? Maybe the news shopper should see how many hits they get from Parliament around lunchtime, could it be an over eager Research Secretary worried their tea might go up? God help the gravy train running dry!!!! News shopper - the poll is fixed???[/p][/quote]In all fairness to David Evennett, he opposed the tea price increase not on behalf of MP's, but upon behalf of the staff who work at the Houses of Parliament. Most Civil Servants are not mandarins on huge salaries, but poorly paid clerical workers. So that is why I voted for option 1, although I suspect many others did so for a laugh. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: 3

6:05am Tue 11 Feb 14

Simon bald says...

can we arrange a whip round for the senile old ****
can we arrange a whip round for the senile old **** Simon bald
  • Score: -2

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