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Closure of polling stations during the Old Bexley and Sidcup by-elections

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Voting closed in the Old Bexley and Sidcup by-elections, with the Tories hoping to keep the seat left vacant by the death of former Cabinet Minister James Brokenshire.

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Mr Brokenshire died of lung cancer in October and local Conservative adviser Louie French is bookmaker favorite to succeed him.

Mr Brokenshire held the seat in south-east London with a majority of almost 19,000 in the 2019 general election.

A series of senior Tories, including the Prime Minister, visited the constituency during the by-election campaign, with Transport Secretary Grant Shapps among MPs stepping up efforts to get the vote out on Thursday.

But Labor also had high visibility on the streets of Old Bexley and Sidcup, with Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves and her shadow sister and general counsel Ellie among those knocking on doors on Election Day on behalf of candidate Daniel Francis .

As the polls closed, Ellie Reeves said, “This seat has always been a safe Conservative seat and we don’t expect that to change tonight.

“However, people are increasingly fed up with the Prime Minister’s broken promises – on tax hikes, social services and NHS waiting lists. Patience wears off with Boris Johnson.

“We ran a positive campaign and people were open to the Labor offer, but winning it was never within our reach.”

Other candidates include Simone Reynolds for the Lib Dems, Jonathan Rooks for the Greens and Reform Party leader Richard Tice.

The constituency has been Tory-owned since its inception in 1983, and in its previous incarnations since the 1950s, with former Prime Minister Edward Heath among those representing it.