Old Bexley and Sidcup (UK Parliament constituency)

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Old Bexley and Sidcup
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Old Bexley and Sidcup in Greater London.
County Greater London
Electorate 65,161 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of Parliament James Brokenshire (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Bexleyheath and Sidcup
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency London
Wards of the Old Bexley and Sidcup constituency (green) within the London Borough of Bexley (yellow and green) from the 2010 General Election

Old Bexley and Sidcup is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by James Brokenshire, a Conservative.[n 2]

History[edit]

Sir Edward Heath, (prime minister of the United Kingdom 1970-1974), held this seat and its predecessors from 1950 until 2001 when he retired; at the age of 85 he was by then the nation's oldest member of parliament.

The two general elections from 2001 were won by Derek Conway, elected as a Conservative Party candidate. However, on 29 January 2008 the Conservative Party withdrew the whip from Derek Conway following alleged misuse of funds, and he became an Independent MP. He retired in 2010 and the seat was won by the Conservative James Brokenshire, who had transferred to this seat and approved by his local party when his former seat of Hornchurch was abolished in boundary changes.

Since its creation with the exception of the 1997 New Labour Landslide the constituency large majorities suggest a Conservative safe seat.

Boundaries[edit]

1983-1997: The London Borough of Bexley wards of Blackfen, Blendon and Penhill, Cray, Lamorbey, St Mary's, Sidcup East, and Sidcup West.

1997-2010: The London Borough of Bexley wards of Blackfen, Blendon and Penhill, Cray, Danson, East Wickham, Falconwood, Lamorbey, St Mary's, Sidcup East, and Sidcup West.

2010-present: The London Borough of Bexley wards of Blackfen and Lamorbey, Blendon and Penhill, Cray Meadows, East Wickham, Falconwood and Welling, Longlands, St Mary’s, and Sidcup.

As its name suggest, the seat covers the Bexley and Sidcup areas; it formerly included Welling and Danson Park which owing to more development in the south were moved to the Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency.

Constituency profile[edit]

Old Bexley and Sidcup has average incomes above the national average,[2] a high proportion of semi-detached and detached homes[3] and low unemployment[4] with a lower than average dependency on social housing.[2]

South London had major factory, ship repairs and dock labour in areas such as Deptford, Brixton, Greenwich, New Cross, Woolwich, Lewisham and Croydon which contributed to family labour union ties forming in the early 20th century to the Labour Party but here this is weak as a result of very late urbanization, triggered by garden-character[5] Commuter Belt status starting with construction of the Dartford Loop or "Sidcup" Line opened in 1866, before which there was significant heath and woodland.[6]

In 1848 Bexley (the largest parish) had 3955 inhabitants.[7] In 1797 the central parish of Bexley was described as including or being next to parts of the several seats of Lamienby, Blendon, and Danson, and the several small hamlets of Hurst, Halfway-street, Bridgen, Blendon, Upton, and Welling, or indeed, more properly, Wellend, (which name was given to it from the safe arrival of the traveller at it, after having escaped the danger of robbers through the hazardous road of Shooter's Hill).[6]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[8] Party
1983 Rt Hon Sir Edward Heath Conservative
2001 Derek Conway Conservative
2008 Independent
2010 James Brokenshire Conservative

Election results[edit]

Elections in 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Old Bexley and Sidcup [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Derek Moran [10]
Conservative James Brokenshire
National Health Action Dr Bob Gill
Labour Ibby Mehmet
General Election 2010: Old Bexley and Sidcup[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Brokenshire* 24,625 54.1 +4.1
Labour Rick Everitt 8,768 19.3 -8.7
Liberal Democrat Duncan Borrowman 6,996 15.4 +1.5
BNP John Brooks 2,132 4.7 +1.8
UKIP David Coburn 1,532 3.4 -1.2
English Democrats Elaine Cheeseman 520 1.1 n/a
Independents to save Queen Mary’s Hospital John Hemming-Clark 393 0.9 n/a
Green Jonathan Rooks 371 0.8 n/a
Monster Raving Loony Napoleon Dynamite 155 0.3 n/a
Majority 15,857 34.9 +12.6
Turnout 45,492 69.3 +4.0
Conservative hold Swing 6.3
* Served as MP for Hornchurch in the 2005–2010 Parliament

Elections in 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Old Bexley and Sidcup
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Derek Conway 22,191 49.8 +4.4
Labour Gavin Moore 12,271 27.5 −10.0
Liberal Democrat Nick O'Hare 6,564 14.7 +1.0
UKIP Michael Barnbrook 2,015 4.5 +1.1
BNP Claire Sayers 1,227 2.8 n/a
Independent Gregory Peters 304 0.7 n/a
Majority 9,920 22.3 +14.4
Turnout 44,572 65.3 +3.2
Conservative hold Swing +7.2
General Election 2001: Old Bexley and Sidcup
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Derek Conway 19,130 45.4 +3.4
Labour Jim Dickson 15,785 37.5 +2.4
Liberal Democrat Belinda Ford 5,792 13.7 -2.4
UKIP Janice Cronin 1.426 3.4 -1.4
Majority 3,345 7.9 +1.0
Turnout 42,133 62.1 -13.4
Conservative hold Swing +0.5

Elections in 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Old Bexley and Sidcup[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Edward Heath 21,608 42.05 -18.29
Labour Richard Justham 18,039 35.10 +13.50
Liberal Democrat Iain King 8,284 16.12 +0.23
Referendum Party B Reading 2,457 4.78 n/a
UKIP C Bullen 489 0.95 n/a
BNP Valerie Tyndall 415 0.81 n/a
Natural Law R Stephens 99 0.19 -0.18
Majority 3,569 6.95 -31.79
Turnout 51,391 75.49 -6.45
Conservative hold Swing -15.90
General Election 1992: Old Bexley and Sidcup[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir Edward Heath 24,450 60.34 -1.80
Labour Ms Donna Brierly 8,751 21.60 +0.99
Liberal Democrat David J. Nicolle 6,438 15.89 -1.37
Independent Barry Rose 733 1.81 n/a
Natural Law Robert Stephens 148 0.37 n/a
Majority 15,699 38.74 -2.79
Turnout 40,520 81.94 +4.85
Conservative hold Swing -1.40

Elections in 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Old Bexley and Sidcup[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Edward Heath 24,350 62.14 +1.91
Liberal Thomas Henry Pearce 8,076 20.61 -5.43
Labour Howard Geoffrey Alvan Stoate 6,762 17.26 +3.53
Majority 16,274 41.53 +7.35
Turnout 39,188 77.09 +2.94
Conservative hold Swing +3.67
General Election 1983: Old Bexley and Sidcup[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Edward Heath 22,442 60.23 n/a
Liberal P Vickers 9,704 26.04 n/a
Labour Chris Kiff 5,116 13.73 n/a
Majority 12,738 34.18 n/a
Turnout 37,262 74.15 n/a
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ 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.
References
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Castle Point
Constituency represented by the Father of the House
1992–2001
Succeeded by
Linlithgow

Coordinates: 51°26′20″N 0°07′12″E / 51.439°N 0.120°E / 51.439; 0.120