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Bexleyheath and Crayford

2010 Results:
Conservative: 21794 (50.47%)
Labour: 11450 (26.52%)
Liberal Democrat: 5502 (12.74%)
BNP: 2042 (4.73%)
UKIP: 1557 (3.61%)
Green: 371 (0.86%)
English Democrat: 466 (1.08%)
Majority: 10344 (23.95%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Conservative: 19423 (46.4%)
Labour: 14601 (34.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 5198 (12.4%)
BNP: 1254 (3.0%)
Other: 1354 (3.2%)
Majority: 4823 (11.5%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 19722 (46.3%)
Labour: 15171 (35.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 5144 (12.1%)
BNP: 1241 (2.9%)
UKIP: 1302 (3.1%)
Majority: 4551 (10.7%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 16121 (39.9%)
Labour: 17593 (43.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 4476 (11.1%)
UKIP: 780 (1.9%)
BNP: 1408 (3.5%)
Majority: 1472 (3.6%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 18527 (38.4%)
Labour: 21942 (45.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 5391 (11.2%)
Referendum: 1551 (3.2%)
Other: 812 (1.7%)
Majority: 3415 (7.1%)

Boundary changes:

Profile: a marginal seat in the Kentish part of South-East London. This is the middle of the three constituencies in the London Borough of Bexley, both geographically and politically – to the south are the leafy suburbs of the safe Conservative berth of Old Bexley and Sidcup, the north the grim planned estates of Labour held Erith and Thamesmead. Bexleyheath and Crayford lies somewhere inbetween: mostly a middle-class commuter area in the south, but becoming more industrial and Labour inclined as you head north-east.

The seat covers suburban Bexleyheath (Bexley proper, as opposed to the smaller, quainter Bexley Village in Old Bexley and Sidup), Barnehurst, Crayford (which merges with Dartford on the other side of the London/Kent boundary, and is probably most distinctive these days for it`s dog track) and Slade Green. Most of the seat, especially to the south around Danson park is affluent, suburban commuterland, but towards the Thames and the Crayford marshes the seat becomes more industrial, with distribution warehouses, industrial parks and the rail maintenance depot at Slade Green. North End ward, along with Thamesmead East, was one of only 2 wards in the borough to return a full slate of Labour councillors in the 2006 Conservative landslide on Bexley council.

portraitCurrent MP: David Evennett (Conservative) born 1949. Educated at Buckhurst Hill County High and the LSE. Former teacher and insurance broker. Redbridge councillor 1974-78. Contested Hackney South and Shoreditch 1979. MP for Erith and Crayford from 1983 to 1992 when he unsucessfully tood in the Bexleyheath and Crayford seat. One of the few Conservative MPs ousted in 1997 who have resolutely stuck around to fight for their former seat, contesting Bexleyheath and Crayford again in 2001 and successfully in 2005, when he returned to Parliament after an eight year absence. Former PPS to Baroness Blatch, John Redwood, David McLean and Gillian Shepherd. Oppostion whip since 2005 (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitDavid Evennett (Conservative) born 1949. Educated at Buckhurst Hill County High and the LSE. Former teacher and insurance broker. Redbridge councillor 1974-78. Contested Hackney South and Shoreditch 1979. MP for Erith and Crayford from 1983 to 1992 when he unsucessfully tood in the Bexleyheath and Crayford seat. One of the few Conservative MPs ousted in 1997 who have resolutely stuck around to fight for their former seat, contesting Bexleyheath and Crayford again in 2001 and successfully in 2005, when he returned to Parliament after an eight year absence. Former PPS to Baroness Blatch, John Redwood, David McLean and Gillian Shepherd. Oppostion whip since 2005 (more information at They work for you)
portraitHoward Dawber (Labour) born 1970, Manchester. Educated at Manchester Grammar School and London University. Former public affairs consultant, now working for the Canary Wharf group. Contested Cheadle in 2001.
portraitKarelia Scott-Daniels (Liberal Democrat) Educated at Ayr Grammar SChool and the University of the West of England. Director of a property finding company.
portraitAdrian Ross (Green) born 1966, Wiltshire. Educated at Bradon Forest comprehensive and Cambridge University. Former IT consultant, now working in IT for a bank.
portraitJohn Dunford (UKIP)
portraitStephen James (BNP)
portraitJohn Griffiths (English Democrat) Born 1947, London. Former civil servant, now an information officer. Contested City & East in London elections. Contested South East region in 2009 European elections.

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 83391
Male: 48.4%
Female: 51.6%
Under 18: 23.9%
Over 60: 20.4%
Born outside UK: 6.8%
White: 93.5%
Black: 1.8%
Asian: 2.8%
Mixed: 1.2%
Other: 0.7%
Christian: 73.7%
Hindu: 0.7%
Muslim: 1.1%
Sikh: 1.1%
Full time students: 2.2%
Graduates 16-74: 11.7%
No Qualifications 16-74: 29.8%
Owner-Occupied: 77.9%
Social Housing: 14.9% (Council: 2.9%, Housing Ass.: 12%)
Privately Rented: 5.6%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 8.2%

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