Jubilation as Tories retain true-blue Old Bexley and Sidcup

Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now
Tory blue since the days of Ted Heath, Bexley is not an area where you would expect to see widespread support for Labour.

Rejoicing. In a word, the reaction of the Conservatives following the win in Old Bexley and Sidcup.

There was little doubt as to the outcome and, as predicted by many, the suburban south-east London constituency remained a steadfast safe Conservative seat.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Tory blue since the days of Ted Heath, Bexley is not an area where you would expect to see widespread support for Labour.

Wealthier wards in the constituency were described by a local councillor as lands of “semi-detached houses and Range Rovers in the drives”.

Keir Starmer’s party managed expectations in the run up to the night, triggered by the death of beloved MP and ex-cabinet minister James Brokenshire to lung cancer, aged just 53.

James Brokenshire with wife Cathy in August. Credit: FacebookJames Brokenshire with wife Cathy in August. Credit: Facebook
James Brokenshire with wife Cathy in August. Credit: Facebook | Credit: Facebook

But a campaign was fought nonetheless, with shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves and sister, shadow solicitor general Ellie Reeves, fronting up for the party.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

While we’re told loyal doorknockers travelled from as far afield as Birmingham to get out the vote.

However, despite what both parties may have quietly expected, there was some upset.

The Conservatives took the seat with 11,189 votes, or just over a 50% share, and a majority of 4,478 - a significant drop from their previous 19,000.

And Labour took home 6,711, or just above a 30% share, slicing into their opponent’s majority.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

With turnout of just 34%, which may be down to factors from the weather, to risk from Covid-19, and the long, dark, wintery evenings, it’s difficult to compare to previous years.

Results have been welcomed by both parties, and with another closely watched by-election upcoming in the seat vacated by former MP Owen Paterson, it’s all eyes on North Shropshire.

What did you make of the result? Let us know your thoughts at @LondonWorldCom.

Related topics:

Comment Guidelines

National World encourages reader discussion on our stories. User feedback, insights and back-and-forth exchanges add a rich layer of context to reporting. Please review our Community Guidelines before commenting.