Who’s running for MP in Orpington at the 2017 general election?
PUBLISHED: 12:15 30 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:15 30 May 2017
Orpington goes to the polls on June 8
A constituency dominated by Tory control since 1945, except for an eight year spell in the 60s when Liberal’s took control, Orpington has five candidates vying for the public’s vote.
In 2015, the Conservatives gained more than 57 per cent of the votes as 49,032 residents turned out.
Ukip beat Labour to second place, with just under 17 per cent of the vote, meaning Labour continued its run of finishing third in the constituency since 1959, when it finished second.
The Liberal Democrats came fourth and the Greens fifth..
The candidates standing in Orpington for the general election on June 8 are:
· Nigel de Gruchy (Labour)
The former general secretary of teachers’ union NASUWT is campaigning against the election, which he feels was called needlessly, and says he would like to slow down devolution of power to local authorities to protect social care and other local services.
· Alex Feakes (Liberal Democrats)
A physics teacher at Bullers Wood School, Mr Feakes is campaigning strongly against the “lack of affordable, quality housing” available to first time buyers around the constituency, as well as proposed changes to the schools funding formula which he fears could bring cuts to schools.
· Tamara Galloway (Green Party)
A lifelong Orpington resident, the candidate is campaigning to protect green belt land as well as increasing housing supply and air quality around the constituency. She is opposed to expansion at Biggin Hill Airport, and proposes to “ban night flights disturbing neighbours.”
· Jo Johnson (Conservative)
MP for Orpington since 2010. the brother of Boris Johnson has served as universities minister and voted to remain at last year’s referendum. During his campaign for re-election, Mr Johnson has said he is striving to ensure Orpington remains “a great place to live, work and raise a family”.
· Brian Philp (Ukip)
Dr Philp led Orpington’s Ukip leave roadshows for 10 days before last year’s referendum. Opposed to museum plans at Biggin Hill airport, the candidate feels “expert local residents” views were excluded from the plans which “alienated many”.