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.
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 Danson Park which owing to more development in the south was moved to the Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency.
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||Sir Edward Heath||Conservative|
Elections in 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||Jennifer Keen||1,644||3.5||−11.9|
|National Health Action||Bob Gill||1,216||2.6||N/A|
|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|
Elections in 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Nick O'Hare||6,564||14.7||+1.0|
|Labour||James Rowan Chatterton Dickson||15,785||37.5||+2.4|
|Liberal Democrat||Belinda Ford||5,792||13.7||−2.4|
Elections in 1990s
|Liberal Democrat||Iain King||8,284||16.1||+0.2|
|Natural Law||Robert Stephens||99||0.2||−0.2|
|Labour||Ms Donna Brierly||8,751||21.6||+4.3|
|Liberal Democrat||David J. Nicolle||6,438||15.9||−4.7|
|Natural Law||Robert Stephens||148||0.4||N/A|
Elections in 1980s
|Liberal||Thomas Henry Pearce||8,076||20.6||−5.4|
|Labour||Howard Geoffrey Alvan Stoate||6,762||17.3||+3.5|
|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]
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
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