Who's running for MP in Old Bexley and Sidcup at the 2017 general election?
PUBLISHED: 11:55 24 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:55 24 May 2017
Britain goes to the polls on June 8
With the general election just weeks away, the candidates vying for a seat in Old Bexley and Sidcup have been revealed.
Following a scramble to get candidates after Theresa May’s shock snap-election announcement last month, all of the country’s major parties have entered a candidate to compete in the constituency, which is widely-considered a Tory safe seat.
Since the seat was created in 1983, it has remained under Conservative control, being held by former prime minister Edward Heath until his retirement in 2001.
The candidates standing in Old Bexley and Sidcup for the general election on June 8 are:
· James Brokenshire (Conservative)
MP for Old Bexley and Sicdup since 2010, Mr Brokenshire was previously MP for Hornchurch and Rainham from 2005-2010. The family man, and former lawyer, lives in Bexley with his wife and three children, and is the current secretary of state for Northern Ireland. He has previously campaigned for the new cancer treatment centre at Queen Mary’s Hospital, the clearing of the rubbish pile at Cornwall Drive, and the new contract for the Southeastern franchise.
· Danny Hackett (Labour)
The youngest ever councillor to be elected to Bexley council, Mr Hackett is councillor for Lesnes Abbey and shadow cabinet member for regeneration and growth. He joined the Labour party because “I believe it is the strongest fighting force for fairness our country has ever seen.” He plans to tackle local issues such as transport - the crossrail at Abbey Wood, the closure of Queen Mary’s Hospital’s A&E department, and maternity unit, and council cuts. He added: “I believe the residents of Old Bexley and Sidcup have been let down and taken for granted for far too long. It’s time for a fresh face that will stand up for our community, put local issues first and help build a country where everyone has the opportunity to get on and not just get by.”
· Drew Heffernan (Liberal Democrat)
Has been contacted, awaiting reply.
· Michael Jones (BNP)
Mr Jones has lived in Bexley since 1982, and says he joined the BNP because “I believe in putting local people first in housing, jobs, school places, and NHS appointments. Local people must come first every time.” The London cabbie is campaigning to halt further immigration into Britain, abolish the foreign aid budget, invest in the NHS and “help lift the 1.7 million British children out of the poverty they’re living in.” He has previously stoof as a local council candidate three times in Bexley, but this will be his first time standing as a parliamentary candidate.
· Derek Moran (Green Party)
Mr Morgan lives in Bexley with his two children, and says he joined the Green Party after “several years of watching the decline in arctic sea ice, the concurrent rise in atmospheric CO2 levels, the oceans acidifying, and sea levels rising.” He hopes the Greens will be able to bring a second referendum because “the campaign that brought about Brexit was one of half truths, outright lies, and total guesses.” He will be campaigning for a “system that gives people a good quality of life and work, that listens to the science and not the lobbyists and teaches our children that caring for our environment is more fullfilling than consuming it.”
· Chinwe Nwadike Duruibe (Christian People’s Alliance)
Ms Nwadike Duruibe said “the electorates want to punish the mainstream parties for taking diability benefits away from mentally ill people, spending billions of pounds on Trident which is a weapon of mass destruction, allowing big companies like Google and Facebook to get away with paying little or no tax, and allowing 186,000 babies per year to be killed in their mother’s womb and in many cases funding it.”
· Freddy Vachha (Ukip)
Entrepreneur and owner of Digital Precision, Mr Vachha, was the Ukip parliamentary candidate for Chingford and Woodford Green in Essex in 2015. He said: “Since being elected as regional chairman of Ukip, I’ve arranged and chaired 16 formal, fully-minuted London committee meetings. I worked non-stop for UKIP to get votes, members, funds, Brexit, and arranging, publicising and taking part in over a dozen Nigel Farage events in London leading up to the 2016 Referendum.” If elected he will tackle “immigration and demographics; public finance, tax and economics; education and science; geopolitics and defence; energy, climate and environment; law, social engineering; history and religion (Judaism, Christianity, Islam); privacy and security.”
James Brokenshire gained the confidence of more than half of the constituency in 2015, when 46,748 people turned out and Labour finished second with 19 per cent of votes.
Ukip finished a close third, 351 votes behind Labour, with Liberal Democrats, Greens, National Health Action, the Christian Party and BNP finishing in ascending order.
Stay on our website to find out more about the candidates and for full election build-up.