Bromley and Chislehurst (UK Parliament constituency)
|Bromley and Chislehurst|
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Bromley and Chislehurst in Greater London.
|Electorate||65,508 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Bob Neill (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Ravensbourne, Chislehurst|
|European Parliament constituency||London|
Aside from a few ex-council estates which retain significant proportions of social housing in parts of Mottingham and Bromley Common, this constituency is relatively prosperous in terms of income, has low unemployment and is largely suburban with significant parkland and sports areas. The 2011 census shows that the borough is 84.3% White European/British, lower than the national average (86%) and higher than then London average (59%). Until 2006 it was one of the Conservative Party's safest seats but the by-election of that year saw the party's electoral majority fall steeply from over 13,000 (in the 2005 election) to just over 600 votes (see below - "Election results").
The earlier Bromley, later Ravensbourne, seat was markedly prosperous in regional terms and did not elect Labour Party MPs during its 1918 to 1974 existence. One of the Ravensbourne wards, Plaistow and Sundridge, had a Communist Councillor in the 1940s. Prime Minister (1957-1963) Harold Macmillan was the MP for Bromley from 1945 until his retirement in 1964, when he was succeeded by John Hunt. Hunt, on the left of the Conservative party, held the seat (renamed Ravensbourne in 1974) until 1997.
A by-election was held on 29 June 2006, upon the death of the previous MP Eric Forth the month before, which returned London Assembly member Bob Neill as the new Conservative MP with an electoral majority of just over 600 votes - compared to the previous Conservative majority of over 13,000 in the 2005 general election. Turnout was down by a significant margin. In 2010 Bob Neill was re-elected with a Conservative majority greater than that achieved in 2005.
1997-2010: The London Borough of Bromley wards of Bickley, Bromley Common and Keston, Chislehurst, Hayes, Martins Hill and Town, Mottingham, and Plaistow and Sundridge.
2010-present: The London Borough of Bromley wards of Bickley, Bromley Town, Chislehurst, Cray Valley West, Mottingham and Chislehurst North, and Plaistow and Sundridge.
Bromley and Chislehurst constituency covers the northern part of the London Borough of Bromley including the east of Bromley, its town centre, and Chislehurst.
Members of Parliament
|2006 by-election||Bob Neill||Conservative|
Elections in 2010s
|General Election 2015: Bromley and Chislehurst|
|Labour||John Courtneidge |
|UKIP||Emmett Jenner |
|Conservative||Bob Neill |
|General Election 2010: Bromley and Chislehurst|
|Liberal Democrat||Sam Webber||9,669||22.0||+1.7|
|English Democrats||Jon Cheeseman||376||0.9||N/A|
Elections in 2000s
|Bromley and Chislehurst by-election, 2006|
|Liberal Democrat||Ben Abbotts||10,988||37.9||+17.6|
|National Front||Paul Winnett||476||1.6||N/A|
|English Democrats||Steven Uncles||212||0.7||N/A|
|Monster Raving Loony||John Cartwright||132||0.5||N/A|
|Money Reform||Anne Belsey||33||0.1||N/A|
|General Election 2005: Bromley and Chislehurst|
|Liberal Democrat||Peter Brookes||9,368||20.3||+1.4|
|General Election 2001: Bromley and Chislehurst|
|Liberal Democrat||Geoff Payne||8,180||18.9||–4.8|
Elections in 1990s
|General Election 1997: Bromley and Chislehurst|
|Liberal Democrat||Paul Booth||12,530||23.8||N/A|
|National Front||Michael Stoneman||369||0.7||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
- Before 1918 the area was part of the larger Sevenoaks constituency
- Outlying parts of predecessor constituencies joined Beckenham, Lewisham West and Penge and Orpington
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- 2001 Census
- Open Street Map
- Bromley and Chislehurst (UK polling report)
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 6)[self-published source][better source needed]
- BNP to Fight 32 Parliamentary Seats in London
- 2005 General election results (BBC)
- *2001 election results (BBC)
- *1997 election results (BBC)
- Cook, Chris and Ramsden, John. By-elections in British politics (Routledge, 2003)