It is now ten years since James Brokenshire was first declared as Member of Parliament for Old Bexley & Sidcup in the early hours of 7th May 2010. Since then he has subsequently been elected on three more occasions in 2015, 2017, and 2019 with an increased majority.
“It has been a fantastic privilege to represent Old Bexley and Sidcup over the last 10 years. In the past decade we’ve seen significant improvements in the community. I want to thank everyone in Old Bexley and Sidcup – the constituents, the businesses, the charities, the community groups and volunteers who make the constituency the success that it is. Despite all of the current challenges I will continue to do my utmost to keep it a great place to live, work and enjoy.” James said.
James has championed the constituency and campaigned hard on many issues close to constituents’ hearts throughout the past 10 years, including securing the long term future of Queen Mary’s Hospital, improving services for passengers on Southeastern, supporting local businesses and our high streets, ensuring Bexley maintains it’s fantastic offering of local schools, protecting Bexley’s beautiful environment and parks, and putting Sidcup on the map for culture and the arts.
James’ main priority has been to campaign in support of Queen Mary’s Hospital over many years to secure a positive future for the hospital, particularly when its whole future was in doubt. Patients are now seeing the benefits of an investment plan which James extensively lobbied for which has provided enhanced facilities and created bright, modern surroundings.
The opening of the Guy's Cancer Treatment Centre at Queen Mary’s in Spring 2017 is something James campaigned long and hard for to ensure that patients can receive both chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments in outer south east London for the very first time, preventing the need to travel into Central London. James re-opened the new Queen Mary’s Hospital in 2018 following the £30 million investment in new state of the art facilities to help transform the NHS care provided locally.
The transformation included new facilities for out-patients, a new Kidney Treatment Centre, women’s services, musculoskeletal therapies and cardiology and encompassed improvements to the Urgent Care Centre. This is coupled with the opening of the Meadowview Intermediate Care ward, the Holbrook specialist dementia ward and a fantastic new Children’s Development Centre. James also welcomed the addition of a new, state-of-the-art dental and ophthalmology facilities to Queen Mary’s Hospital which opened at the end of 2019. James continues to work with Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and the Department for Health and Social Care to see what further facilities and investment can be secured for the local hospital.
Over 1,000 new enterprises have established in Old Bexley and Sidcup since James became MP 10 years ago. James has welcomed and regularly visits both the new and longstanding businesses in the constituency to provide support and ensure their views are represented, alongside hosting Bexley Business Briefings to bring local businesses together and to provide an opportunity for the businesses to raise local or national issues that may have impacted their businesses.
James has also successfully campaigned for funding to transform our local High Streets, including £1.6 million for Sidcup High Street and £200,000 for Blackfen High Street. Working with the traders, Councillors and Progressive Welling, James’ focus is now to rejuvenate Welling High Street and to encourage new and varied shop openings to increase footfall and the appeal of Welling as a place to shop and visit. Local businesses lie at the heart of Old Bexley and Sidcup and James continues to support and work with businesses to ensure Bexley continues to be a great place to do business, whilst creating jobs and boosting the local economy.
James has consistently challenged Southeastern, Network Rail and the Department for Transport on the need for improvements to our local rail services and to ensure the voice of passengers is heard and acted on. This has resulted in many significant advances including a successful campaign for new modern air-conditioned trains which will see passenger journeys upgraded and capacity boosted, the introduction of Delay Repay 15, securing £6.6million for works to prevent future landslips at Barnehurst, investment into track and signalling particularly surrounding London Bridge and the continuation of Victoria Station services on the Bexleyheath Line.
The community of Sidcup should be proud of what has been achieved in the area of arts and drama over the past decade. James has championed the art and literary institutions and links of Sidcup over the past decade; this includes Rose Bruford College, Bird College and events like The Rob Knox Film Festival and the Bexley Literary Festival. James has strongly promoted Rose Bruford College as one of the leading performing art colleges in the country and supported their successful application for University status.
James has also supported the work of local historian and groups, including Lamorbey and Sidcup Local History Society in highlighting the great historical art and literary links and notable people connected with Sidcup, including Rose Bruford, Doreen Bird and Quentin Blake. James continues to work hard to promote and strengthen these links with Sidcup and to put the town on the map for culture and the arts.
James has served and supported the constituents of Old Bexley and Sidcup with a wide variety of issues over the years and has had over 30,000 constituency cases, alongside regular meetings with constituents at his constituency advice surgeries. James continues to stand up for those in need of help and support, whatever their political views
During his time as Member of Parliament, James has held a rich portfolio of ministerial roles, including Security Minister, Northern Ireland Secretary and Communities Secretary. Alongside this, James has used his position in Parliament to passionately campaign for early diagnosis and treatment of cancer to improve outcomes for patients which has been a matter close to James’ heart following his surgery for lung cancer two years ago.