|Old Bexley and Sidcup|
for the House of Commons
|Electorate||65,161 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Bexley, Sidcup, part of Welling|
|Member of Parliament||Louie French (Conservative)|
|Created from||Bexleyheath (part) and Sidcup|
History and profile
On 29 January 2008 the Conservative Party withdrew the whip from the MP Derek Conway following alleged misuse of funds revealed by the MPs expenses controversy, who declined to resign as MP and became an Independent. He retired from national politics in 2010.
Sir Edward Heath (prime minister of the United Kingdom 1970–1974) held this area (also referring to its main predecessor seat, Sidcup) from 1950 until 2001 when he retired at the age of 84, at the time the longest-serving MP in the Commons.
- Political overview
The seat has been won at general elections since creation by the Conservative Party candidate. The 1997 New Labour Landslide saw the party's majority fall to its lowest level of 7% of the vote. Its greatest level has to date been 41.5% of the vote — in 1987.
In 2010 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. His 2015 result made the seat the 105th safest of the Conservative Party's 331 seats by percentage of majority. The seat was left vacant following Brokenshire's death on 7 October 2021. until a by-election was held on 2 December which resulted in a Conservative hold.
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, East Wickham, Falconwood and Welling, Longlands, St Mary's, and Sidcup.
As its name suggests, 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 among the highest of all constituencies, a high proportion of semi-detached and detached homes and low unemployment with a lower than average dependency on social housing.
The constituency generally consists of middle-class and lower middle-class outer London suburbia, served by the Dartford Loop and Bexleyheath commuter railway lines to Central London. Sidcup has been largely developed to neat garden suburb-inspired building schemes for most homes.
Members of Parliament
|1983||Sir Edward Heath||Conservative|
|2021 by-election||Louie French||Conservative|
Elections in the 2020s
|Reform UK||Richard Tice||1,432||6.6||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Simone Reynolds||647||3.0||5.3|
|English Democrat||Elaine Cheeseman||271||1.3||N/A|
|Rejoin EU||Richard Hewison||151||0.7||N/A|
|Monster Raving Loony||Mad Mike Young||94||0.4||N/A|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Simone Reynolds||3,822||8.3||+5.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Drew Heffernan||1,572||3.3||-0.2|
|Liberal Democrats||Jennifer Keen||1,644||3.5||-11.9|
|Liberal Democrats||Duncan Borrowman||6,996||15.4||+1.5|
|English Democrat||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 the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Nick O'Hare||6,564||14.7||+1.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Belinda Ford||5,792||13.7||-2.4|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Iain King||8,284||16.1||+0.2|
|Natural Law||Robert Stephens||99||0.2||―0.2|
|Liberal Democrats||David J. Nicolle||6,438||15.9||―4.7|
|Natural Law||Robert Stephens||148||0.4||New|
Elections in the 1980s
|Conservative win (new seat)|
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- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. 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.
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- "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
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- Politics Resources (Election results from 1922 onwards)
- Electoral Calculus (Election results from 1955 onwards)