David is married with two sons and two grandchildren. He lives in Barnehurst within the constituency. Grammar school and LSE educated, he has represented Bexleyheath and Crayford since 2005 and was Member of Parliament for Erith and Crayford from 1983 – 1997. He serves as a Lord Commissioner of the Treasury in the Government as a Whip. He is active within the local community as a Patron of Townley Grammar School, President of the Friends of Christ Church and Vice President of the Bexleyheath and District Club for the Disabled. He is also a communicant member of St. Paulinus Church, Crayford.
His achievements and campaigns locally have included:
- Getting step-free access installed at Bexleyheath, Barnehurst and Crayford stations
- Successfully lobbying for more funding for public health and anti-smoking initiatives
- Helping local schools convert to academies and getting greater freedoms
- Supporting sports clubs in Welling and Danson Park
His special political interests include education, Greater London, tourism and heritage issues.
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