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PUBLISHED: 13:32 08 April 2010 | UPDATED: 11:05 12 August 2010

LABOUR hopefuls are disappointed the prime minister Gordon Brown won t be turning up in the borough to offer support. As the PM tours the marginal seats in other parts of Kent, his party faithful in Bromley, Beckenham, Orpington and Chislehurst, wish he

LABOUR hopefuls are disappointed the prime minister Gordon Brown won't be turning up in the borough to offer support.

As the PM tours the marginal seats in other parts of Kent, his party faithful in Bromley, Beckenham, Orpington and Chislehurst, wish he'd change his strategy and forget the long held tradition of Conservative Party victories in the borough.

One Labour politico told the Times: "He should step out of the mould and ignore the idea Labour just won't win here. We need his support just as much as those politicians in marginal seats.

"In the Bromley borough we have been working hard to get the Labour message across and we hope the PM doesn't forget that - even though the Tories think they've got it the election in the bag."

Labour MP hopefuls admit they have "a huge and difficult fight ahead" to win seats in the general election as a report revealed Tory candidates are heading for certain victory.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown confirmed on Tuesday the date for the General Election as May 6, signalling the start of the election campaign.

It comes as research published on Tuesday by the Electoral Reform Society reveals that the election is already won in the majority of London, with no chance of the Bromley seats falling into Labour or Liberal Democrat hands.

Damien Egan, the Labour party candidate for Beckenham, said: "We know it's going to be a difficult fight, but this is a fight we must win. On paper it is the safest conservative seat in the country, but if enough people support labour, we can win. We have got to give people a real choice. We know that Beckenham is going to be a difficult one, but there are similar seats to the Beckenham that Labour hold, like in Kingswood, near Bristol or elsewhere in Kent. We will be fighting hard."

Stephen Morgan, prospective Labour candidate for Orpington, said it would be difficult for his party to win the seat as early as the next general election.

He said: "You can turn a safe seat, and turn it into a Labour one, and that is what we want to do.

"But that is a long term job, and it can't be done straight away. We not be able to turn it into may not be this election, but it could be later, perhaps in the future."

He added he would be delighted to welcome Gordon Brown to the borough, but didn't think it was likely, adding: ""If you look at where Gordon Brown will get more bang for his buck, it isn't here.

"David Cameron would come here, but he wouldn't go to other really safe Labour seats like other parts of the country."

The Labour candidate for Beckenham Chris Kirby, said that the Prime Minister had a large task ahead of him, and added: "Gordon Brown has got a whole country to campaign in and he will be campaigning throughout London, close by our constituency.

"I don't think I'm in a position to tell Gordon what to do with his time."

The Electoral Reform society said that parliament's first past the post system of voting means that the three constituencies of Beckenham, Orpington and Bromley and Chislehurst, and 42 others in London, are unlikely to change in the election.

Dr Ken Richie, chief executive of the society, said: "If most of the capital's voters want to see an election this year, it's time to move.

"Poplar or Ealing are nice at this time of year. And that might allow residents to join that select club of fewer than one million voters in the UK who know what the party politics is like, in one of the country's dozen three-way marginal seats.

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