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Old Bexley and Sidcup

2010 Results:
Conservative: 24625 (54.13%)
Labour: 8768 (19.27%)
Liberal Democrat: 6996 (15.38%)
BNP: 2132 (4.69%)
UKIP: 1532 (3.37%)
Green: 371 (0.82%)
English Democrat: 520 (1.14%)
Monster Raving Loony: 155 (0.34%)
Others: 393 (0.86%)
Majority: 15857 (34.86%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Conservative: 21149 (49.8%)
Labour: 11689 (27.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 6258 (14.7%)
BNP: 1060 (2.7%)
Other: 2210 (5.2%)
Majority: 9460 (22.3%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 22191 (49.8%)
Labour: 12271 (27.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 6564 (14.7%)
BNP: 1227 (2.8%)
UKIP: 2015 (4.5%)
Other: 304 (0.7%)
Majority: 9920 (22.3%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 19130 (45.4%)
Labour: 15785 (37.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 5792 (13.7%)
UKIP: 1426 (3.4%)
Majority: 3345 (7.9%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 21608 (42%)
Labour: 18039 (35.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 8284 (16.1%)
Referendum: 2457 (4.8%)
Other: 1003 (2%)
Majority: 3569 (6.9%)

Boundary changes: loses part of Danson Park ward to Bexleyheath and Crayford.

Profile: Conservative voting suburbia in south-east London, largely made up of owner-occupied 1930s built private housing. The titular “Old Bexley” refers to the smaller village-like part of Bexley, close to the border with Dartford, as opposed to the more built up and suburban Bexleyheath. The constituency was once widely known for returning Sir Edward Heath to Parliament, he represented the seat and its predecessors for 50 years before his retirement in 2001. The seat is safely Conservative – in 1997 Labour cut Heath`s majority to only 6.9% with the help of the Referendum party, but Derek Conway has since seen his majority grow to over 20%.

portraitCurrent MP: James Brokenshire (Conservative) born 1968, Southend. Educated at Davenant Foundation School and the University of Exeter. Prior to his election worked as a corporate lawyer. MP for Hornchurch since 2005, his seat is due to be abolished in the next round of boundary changes. Shadow minister for Home Affairs.

2010 election candidates:
portraitJames Brokenshire (Conservative) born 1968, Southend. Educated at Davenant Foundation School and the University of Exeter. Prior to his election worked as a corporate lawyer. MP for Hornchurch since 2005, his seat is due to be abolished in the next round of boundary changes. Shadow minister for Home Affairs.
portraitRick Everitt (Labour) Educated at Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar and Reading University. Communications director for Charlton Athletic. Bexley councillor 2002-2006.
portraitDuncan Borrowman (Liberal Democrat) Former National Campaigns officer for the Liberal Democrats. Contested Bexley and Bromley in 2000 and 2004 London Assembly elections. Will contest London elections as list candidate in 2008.
portraitJonathan Rooks (Green) Born 1960, Sidcup. Educated at Dartford Grammar and Royal Holloway. Accountant and University Lecturer. Former Bexley councillor for the Conservative party.
portraitDavid Coburn (UKIP)
portraitJohn Brooks (BNP)
portraitElaine Cheeseman (English Democrat) Educated at Bexley Grammar School. Financial administrator.
portraitNapoleon Dynamite (Official Monster Raving Loony)
portraitJohn Hemming-Clark (Independents to save Queen Mary`s Hospital) born 1960. Publisher. Contested Bromley and Chislehurst by-election 2006.

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 82136
Male: 48%
Female: 52%
Under 18: 21.8%
Over 60: 23.3%
Born outside UK: 6.8%
White: 94.3%
Black: 1.2%
Asian: 2.6%
Mixed: 1.1%
Other: 0.8%
Christian: 75.9%
Hindu: 1%
Muslim: 1.4%
Sikh: 0.6%
Full time students: 2.5%
Graduates 16-74: 14.9%
No Qualifications 16-74: 26.9%
Owner-Occupied: 85.3%
Social Housing: 8.4% (Council: 1.4%, Housing Ass.: 7%)
Privately Rented: 4.8%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 6.6%

NB - The constituency guide is now archived and is no longer being updated. It will be replaced by a new guide in 2013, once the fate of the boundary review is finally settled.