Bromley and Chislehurst (UK Parliament constituency)

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Bromley and Chislehurst is a parliamentary constituency in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election, and is currently held for the Conservative Party by Bob Neill.


Constituency profile

Aside from a few council estates in areas such as Mottingham and Bromley Common, this constituency is relatively prosperous and suburban - the 2001 census also shows that the area is predominantly white.[1] Until 2006 it was one of the Conservative party's safest seats, but the by-election of that year saw the party's electoral majority fall steeply from over 13,000 (in the 2005 election) to just over 600 votes (see below - "Election results").


The Bromley parliamentary constituency was created in 1918 (previously the area had been part of the larger Sevenoaks constituency). In 1974 it became Ravensbourne. In 1997, following the abolition of the old Chislehurst constituency, the seats of Ravensbourne and Chislehurst were joined and thus the new parliamentary constituency of Bromley and Chislehurst emerged. Bromley is known as a safe Conservative area,due to its properity but one of its wards Plaistow and Sundridge had a Communist Councillor in the 1940s and the previous Chislehurst seat had a Labour MP in 1966. Harold Macmillan was the MP for Bromley from 1945 until his retirement in 1964, when he was succeeded by John Hunt. Hunt, on the left of the Conservative party, held the seat (renamed Ravensbourne in 1974) until 1997 when Eric Forth took over as Conservative MP for the newly-created Bromley and Chislehurst constituency. In May 2006, just after the Local Elections, Forth was taken ill, complaining of severe stomach pains. He was diagnosed with inoperable cancer and died peacefully a few days later.

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