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Huge turnout in Beckenham and Orpington

PUBLISHED: 05:08 07 May 2010 | UPDATED: 11:45 12 August 2010

ORPINGTON and Beckenham constituencies have received a huge turnout in the General Election as tension builds at Bromley Civic centre.

ORPINGTON and Beckenham constituencies have received a huge turnout in the General Election as tension builds at Bromley Civic centre.

The turnout was verified by deputy returning officer Doug Patterson at 3.15am as a whopping 72.3 per cent in Beckenham, and 72.1 per cent in Orpington, while Bromley and Chislehurst voters a more modest 67.5 per cent.

Orpington Tory candidate Jo Johnson is waiting anxiously with his father, veteran MP Stanley Johnson, who had been helping him to ferry voters to polling stations until the last minute.

Bromley mayor Douglas Auld returning officer for the general election said: "The whole count has gone very smoothly.

"I was out in polling stations ands everything went very well."

In all three main Bromley constituencies, Conservative candidates hope to hold on to firm majorities, and the national picture sees the Tories on course to become the largest party in a minority government.

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