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Old Bexley & Sidcup
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Just for a little longer this is the seat of Sir Edward Heath, MP for the area (named successively Bexley, Sidcup, and as now) for over fifty tears, which makes him the Father of the House. His majority has been slim on a couple of occasions, as in 1966 when he was leader of his party and of Her Majesty's Opposition, when he only won by 2,333. He did a little better in 1997, which saw a still more decisive General Election victory for Labour; but now this seat in suburban Kentish London is even more well drawn for the Conservatives, with a massive 85pc owner occupation rate, the highest proportion anywhere in the capital. After 14 terms, Sir Edward will depart voluntarily in his mid eighties, and should be able to pass the seat on to another member of his party.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Sir Edward Heath's successor here is Derek Conway, MP for Shrewsbury for 14 years until 1997 and one of a score of Conservative casualties of that year seeking their way back in 2001. Like Ted Heath a meritocrat of humble origins, he was born in Newcastle-on-Tyne in 1953, and educated at secondary modern school, technical college and polytechnic. He fought his way up via politics, contesting his first parliamentary seat (Durham) aged 21 in 1974, and then led the Tories on Tyne & Wear County Council. A Eurosceptic-turned-Whip under John Major, he has been active in the TA and worked variously for charities, ranging from Action Research for the Crippled Child to the Cats Protection League, of which he is currently chief executive. As a Whip he was involved in briefing John Major before question time.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 15.65% 14.99% 104.39
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 3.91% 2.49% 157.34
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.63% 4.43% 14.33
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 4.52% 7.27% 62.14
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 2.89% 2.56% 112.71
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 1.92% 2.04% 93.85
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.30% 3.94% 7.66
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 41.18% 13.04% 315.80
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 21.54% 12.70% 169.54
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 3.18% 8.14% 39.04
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.93% 4.02% 23.14
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.48% 3.19% 14.98
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 2.45% 11.31% 21.70
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.06% 3.06% 1.93
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.36% 2.52% 14.30
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 5.49% 9.41% 58.36
5-10K 11.46% 16.63% 68.91
10-15K 13.65% 16.58% 82.31
15-20K 12.98% 13.58% 95.54
20-25K 11.17% 10.39% 107.52
25-30K 9.17% 7.77% 117.92
30-35K 7.34% 5.79% 126.75
35-40K 5.81% 4.33% 134.13
40-45K 4.58% 3.27% 140.22
45-50K 3.60% 2.48% 145.20
50-55K 2.84% 1.90% 149.24
55-60K 2.25% 1.47% 152.49
60-65K 1.79% 1.15% 155.08
65-70K 1.42% 0.91% 157.11
70-75K 1.14% 0.72% 158.68
75-80K 0.92% 0.57% 159.86
80-85K 0.74% 0.46% 160.72
85-90K 0.60% 0.37% 161.32
90-95K 0.49% 0.31% 161.69
95-100K 0.40% 0.25% 161.87
100K + 2.14% 1.34% 159.03

Local Map of the constituency
Old Bexley & Sidcup - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Old Bexley & Sidcup - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (14.00%)
Conservative (- 14.25%) Liberal Democrat (-  4.78%)
Conservative (3.36%) Labour (2.36%)
Liberal Democrat (-  2.37%)
Con - 14.25%
Lab 14.00%
LD - 4.78%
Con 3.36%
Lab 2.36%
LD - 2.37%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Derek Conway
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (45.40%) 19,130 45.40%
Lab Labour (37.46%) 15,785 37.46%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.75%) 5,792 13.75%
Oth Other (3.38%) 1,426 3.38%
Maj Majority (7.94%) 3,345 7.94%
Turn Turnout (62.11%) 42,133 62.11%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Derek Conway
Conservative hold
C Derek Conway 19,130 45.40%
UK Janice Cronin 1,426 3.38%
L Jim Dickson 15,785 37.46%
LD Belinda Ford 5,792 13.75%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Edward Heath
Conservative
Con Conservative (42.05%) 21,608 42.05%
Lab Labour (35.10%) 18,039 35.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (16.12%) 8,284 16.12%
Ref Referendum (4.78%) 2,457 4.78%
Oth Other (1.95%) 1,003 1.95%
Maj Majority (6.94%) 3,569 6.94%
Turn Turnout (75.53%) 51,391 75.53%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (56.30%) 31,340 56.30%
Lab Labour (21.10%) 11,768 21.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (20.90%) 11,642 20.90%
Oth Other (1.70%) 936 1.70%
Maj Majority (35.10%) 19,572 35.10%
Turn Turnout (80.85%) 55,686 80.85%

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