Spencer Drury selected by Conservatives for Parliamentary seat of Eltham

Cllr Spencer Drury, Councillor for Eltham North and Leader of the Opposition on Greenwich Council, has been selected by the Conservatives to fight the Parliamentary seat of Eltham.


Spencer was selected on Thursday evening by a meeting of Eltham Conservative Party members where he saw off three other candidates. 


Spencer, who saw off three other candidates in the selection on Thursday last week, said:  “It is an enormous honour to have been selected to stand in my community where I have lived for the past 20 years and where my family come from. I can see the many issues that need to be addressed like Grammar schools, damp and mouldy Council housing, and the need for an urgent care centre in the new Eltham Community Hospital.  I look forward to working hard to convince Eltham’s residents that voting Conservative in 2015 is the right choice.”


Spencer was first elected to Greenwich Council in 2002, and has been the Leader of the Conservative Group for the last eight years.  Spencer has made his reputation on the Council as a campaigner for Eltham, leading the fight to stop parking charges being introduced on the High Street, making sure a warm water pool for the disabled was included in the Eltham Centre and standing up for Council tenants trapped in damp and poorly maintained accommodation. 


Spencer, who currently works as Director of Sixth Form at Colfe's School was first selected as the Parliamentary Candidate for Eltham in 2005,  more than halving the sitting Labour MP’s majority from 6,996, to 3,276.


Spencer, who was born in Woolwich, has lived in Eltham for past twenty years with his wife Liz and their two children. Spencer’s father was a local Veterinary Surgeon in Lee, and Spencer attended Colfe’s, where he now works as the Director of Sixth Form, on an assisted place and went on to get degrees in Politics/Economics and Britain in the European Union. 

Spencer said “I’m not a professional politician and my route into politics was unconventional, starting with the Referendum Party in 1997.  However over the last ten years I’ve gained a real understanding of what politics is about and I want to combine that with my knowledge of this community,  to represent Eltham in Parliament.  Our current MP has become increasingly focused on Westminster and we need someone who puts Eltham first.”