Bexley looks a lot redder after election night, returning two Labour MPs and one Conservative.

The leafy suburbia of Old Bexley and Sidcup remained in Conservative hands, as the area it covers has since Ted Heath’s first election in 1950. There was a significantly reduced majority for Louie French, with a strong showing by Reform in this Brexit-voting commuter belt area – third behind Labour, with over 20% of the vote.

Labour’s Abena Oppong-Asare comfortably retained her seat in Erith and Thamesmead – the party’s stronghold in the north of the Borough since its creation in 1997. She enjoys a substantially increased majority compared to 2019 – albeit thanks to a more divided opposition, following a slight fall in Labour’s vote share in the seat.

All eyes were on the count for Bexleyheath and Crayford – the Borough’s historical ‘battleground seat’, won by Labour in the landslides of 1997 and 2001 and held by the Conservatives’ David Evenett since 2005.

In a result that sparked jubilation among local Labour activists, long-serving councillor and former Labour Group Leader Cllr Daniel Francis won the seat for the party, overturning a 30% Tory majority from 2019 to defeat their new candidate, Mark Brooks. Reform again performed strongly, finishing third with over a fifth of the vote.

While the veteran Cllr Francis is a loss for Bexley’s Labour Group, his victory undoubtedly raises the party’s hopes for a strong challenge in the 2026 local elections – and his experience of local government in this part of London will be a helpful addition to Parliament.

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