Old Bexley and Sidcup (UK Parliament constituency)
|Old Bexley and Sidcup|
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Old Bexley and Sidcup in Greater London.
|Electorate||65,161 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||James Brokenshire (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Bexleyheath and Sidcup|
|European Parliament constituency||London|
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.
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 Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency. Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which led to these changes from the General Election 2010 since which it has electoral wards:
- Blackfen and Lamorbey, Blendon and Penhill, Cray Meadows, East Wickham, Falconwood and Welling, Longlands, St Mary’s, and Sidcup in the London Borough of Bexley.
Old Bexley and Sidcup has average incomes above the national average, a high proportion of semi-detached and detached homes and low unemployment with a lower than average dependency on social housing.
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 Commuter Belt status starting with construction of the Dartford Loop or "Sidcup" Line opened in 1866, before which there was significant heath and woodland.
In 1848 Bexley (the largest parish) had 3955 inhabitants. 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).
Members of Parliament
|1983||Rt Hon Sir Edward Heath||Conservative|
Elections in 2010s
|General Election 2010: Old Bexley and Sidcup|
|Liberal Democrat||Duncan Borrowman||6,996||15.4||+1.5|
|English Democrats||Elaine Cheeseman||520||1.1||n/a|
|Independents to save Queen Mary’s Hospital||John Hemming-Clark||393||0.9||n/a|
|Monster Raving Loony||Napoleon Dynamite||155||0.3||n/a|
- * Served as MP for Hornchurch in the 2005–2010 Parliament
Elections in 2000s
|General Election 2005: Old Bexley and Sidcup|
|Liberal Democrat||Nick O'Hare||6,564||14.7||+1.0|
|General Election 2001: Old Bexley and Sidcup|
|Liberal Democrat||Belinda Ford||5,792||13.7||-2.4|
Elections in 1990s
|General Election 1997: Old Bexley and Sidcup|
|Conservative||Sir Edward Heath||21,608||42.05||-18.29|
|Liberal Democrat||Iain King||8,284||16.12||+0.23|
|Referendum Party||B Reading||2,457||4.78||n/a|
|Natural Law||R Stephens||99||0.19||-0.18|
|General Election 1992: Old Bexley and Sidcup|
|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|
|Natural Law||Robert Stephens||148||0.37||n/a|
Elections in 1980s
|General Election 1987: Old Bexley and Sidcup|
|Liberal||T H Pearce||8,076||20.61||-5.43|
|Labour||H J A Stoate||6,762||17.26||+3.53|
|General Election 1983: Old Bexley and Sidcup|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- 2001 Census
- 2011 census interactive maps
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- Open Street Map
- Edward Hasted (1797). "Parishes: Bexley". The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 2. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
- Samuel Lewis (publisher) (1848). "Beverstone - Bickleigh". A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "O" [self-published source][better source needed]
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