Who’s running for MP in Bromley and Chislehurst at the 2017 general election?
PUBLISHED: 14:14 29 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:14 29 May 2017
Bromley goes to the polls on June 8
With the general election just weeks away, the candidates vying for a seat in Bromley and Chislehurst 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 featured a candidate to compete for the Tory safe seat.
Since it was created in 1997, the seat has been awash in Conservative blue, with no other political party ever gaining control.
In 2015, the Conservatives finished with 53 per cent of the vote after 44,066 residents turned out to the election.
Labour finished second with 22 per cent of the vote, followed by Ukip.
The Liberal Democrats and Green Party finished fourth and fifth respectively.
The candidates standing in Bromley and Chislehurst for the general election on June 8 are:
· Sara Hyde (Labour)
A criminal justice campaigner who’s writing has been published in The Independent, Sara Hyde describes herself as a “seasoned Labour activist who has changed many hearts and minds on the doorsteps, in hustings and through media appearances with her trademark compassion and energy”. The keen baker is also an advisor to the Ministry of Justice on the appointment of magistrates and works with women leaving custody.
· Emmet Jenner (Ukip)
Having stood at the last two general elections on a Brexit-led campaign, Mr Jenner has said a bad parting deal with the EU “wouldn’t matter as having our sovereignty means whatever we finalise on will be non-binding.” The IT consultant is urging voters to vote for parties according to each manifesto and “not on some phoney Brexit-based life or death scenario”.
· Bob Neill (Conservatives)
MP for the towns since the 2006 by-election, the barrister first represented Bromley at the London Assembly from 2000 to 2008, spending two years serving Bromley & Chislehurst at Parliament as well as Bromley and Bexley at City Hall. The West Ham United fan lives in Chislehurst with his wife, despite voting remain in last year’s referendum, the Conservative candidate has backed Brexit going forward.
· Roisin Robertson (Green Party)
A former reporter with the Bromley Times and Chislehurst Times, Ms Robertson has spent the last 25 years campaigning on environmental issues, joining the Green Party in 2009. Two of the key issues she will be campaigning on will be improving school funding for the borough and improving the transport network around the towns as population continues to grow.
· Sam Webber (Liberal Democrats)
A former Bickley Park student, Sam Webber is returning for his third election and admits he’s excited for this one after the “tough night” in 2015 which saw the party just about hold on to its election deposits across the borough. Aside from campaigning on a second Brexit referendum, the Lib Dem candidate, who once spent a year working in former Lib Dem MP Simon Hughes’ office, is also campaigning on the issue of adult social care funding.
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