- Old Bexley and Sidcup (UK Parliament constituency)
Old Bexley and Sidcup Borough constituency for the House of Commons
Boundary of Old Bexley and Sidcup in Greater London.
County Greater London Electorate 65,161 (December 2010) Current constituency Created 1983 Member of Parliament James Brokenshire (Conservative) Number of members One Overlaps European Parliament constituency London
Old Bexley and Sidcup is a borough constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.
Sir Edward Heath, prime minister of the United Kingdom from 1970 to 1974, held this seat and its predecessors from 1950, and announced his retirement at the end of the 1997-2001 parliament; at the age of 85 he was by now the nation's oldest member of parliament.
His successor was 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 was succeeded by the Conservative James Brokenshire, who had transferred to this seat 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 moved to Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency at the 2010 election.
It is made up of eight electoral wards from the London Borough of Bexley:
- Blackfen and Lamorbey, Blendon and Penhill, Cray Meadows, East Wickham, Falconwood and Welling, Longlands, St Mary’s, Sidcup
Following their review of parliamentary representation in South London, and as a consequence of changes to ward boundaries, the Boundary Commission for England recommended that part of Danson Park ward be transferred from Old Bexley and Sidcup to the constituency of Bexleyheath and Crayford.
Members of Parliament
Election Member  Party 1983 Rt Hon Sir Edward Heath Conservative 2001 Derek Conway Conservative 2008 Independent 2010 James Brokenshire Conservative
Elections in 2010s
General Election 2010: Old Bexley and Sidcup 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 gain from Independent Conservative Swing +6.3
- * Served as MP for Hornchurch in the 2005–2010 Parliament
Elections in 2000s
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
General Election 1997: Old Bexley and Sidcup 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 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
General Election 1987: Old Bexley and Sidcup Party Candidate Votes % ±% Conservative Edward Heath 24,350 62.14 +1.91 Liberal T H Pearce 8,076 20.61 -5.43 Labour H J A 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 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
- ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. http://www.boundarycommissionforengland.org.uk/electoral-figures/electoral-figures.htm. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "O"
- ^ http://www.bexley.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=6474&p=0
- ^ http://www.politicsresources.net/area/uk/constit/010.htm
- ^ http://www.politicsresources.net/area/uk/ge92/i15.htm
- ^ http://www.politicsresources.net/area/uk/ge87/i15.htm
- ^ http://www.politicsresources.net/area/uk/ge83/i15.htm
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