Election 2017: Old Bexley & Sidcup MP and Northern Ireland secretary James Brokenshire calls for ‘stability’ after ‘difficult and challenging’ night

PUBLISHED: 07:13 09 June 2017 | UPDATED: 07:20 09 June 2017

2015 elected Conservative MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup, James Brokenshire

2015 elected Conservative MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup, James Brokenshire


Britain has been left with a hung parliament


As Britain is left with a hung Parliament for the second time in seven years, Bexley’s own cabinet member has called for stability after a ‘difficult and challenging’ night for the Conservative party.

The call comes as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn urged prime minister Theresa May to quit as her party lost its grip on Westminster.

Retaining the Tory safe seat of Old Bexley and Sidcup, secretary of state for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire spoke to voters moments after the election results were announced.

He said: “I think we need to be very clear and focussed on the challenge at hand, we do have important negotiations upcoming and we have important issues in ensuring we continue to see prosperity in our community and across our country, and I sincerely want to see that stability being retained as we look to the results across the country.

Danny Hackett and Mabel Ogundayo votingDanny Hackett and Mabel Ogundayo voting

“On a local level I know there is more to do to see our community flourishes and that young people have the best opportunity to get on in life and succeed to fulfil their potential.

“We must ensure in the time ahead we work together as a community to protect what makes Old Bexley and Sidcup so special; the people, the community, the area and the fantastic environment that we enjoy.”

While the Conservative party maintained its everlasting hold on the constituency, Labour saw its share of the vote rise by nearly 10 per cent.

Candidate and Bexley councillor Danny Hackett ended the night with 29.3 per cent of the vote, the party’s best result since 2001, behind Mr Brokenshire who gained 61.5 per cent.

The Conservative share was the highest since 1987 when former prime minister Edward Heath was MP for the constituency.

Cllr Hackett admitted the party faced an “uphill battle” in the constituency, but said he was “proud of the positive campaign we have run, and Labour’s performance across the country.”

To see the results in full, click here.

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