23 days to go: Focus on Erith & Thamesmead

Erith & Thamesmead have been served badly by the Labour Government, its Labour MP and its Labour council. Unemployment is running at 7.5% - two and a half times the national average. If you are male, unemployment is nearer 10%.



There is a chronic shortage of apprenticeships or training of any kind to enable school leavers to take on worthwhile occupations. The resulting frustration often wells up as alcohol abuse, vandalism and petty yobbery that has been allowed to run out of control due to a shortage of police officers.

Erith & Thamesmead is split between two London Boroughs. Bexley and Greenwich. Council Tax in these two boroughs are some of the highest in London. Showing complete disregard for people on low incomes, Labour decided to charge pensioners an extra £140 a year for “Meals on Wheels”.

Erith & Thamesmead Conservatives believe that residents deserve better. We are campaigning for more investment from central Government to improve the London sewage outfall at Crossness. We want to curb Labour’s plans to build more houses on green field sites without thought to infrastructure or jobs. We want to see more police on the streets to improve the quality of peoples lives blighted by vandals, yobs and burglars.


We want to see real investment in the Constituency - investment that will lead to jobs, not yobs.


Chris Bromby - Conservative Candidate for Erith and Thamesmead

Chris was born in 1957 in Wavertree, Liverpool. He was raised in various parts of Merseyside including Bootle and Wirral. He attended Wirral Grammar School for Boys and left with four 'A' Levels. Chris joined a Liverpool Stock Exchange firm in 1975, before relocating to London in 1978.

Chris brings with him almost 30 years of private sector experience including various company directorships and charity trusteeships. His career has covered the stock markets of North East Asia, principally Japan, Korea and Taiwan and has been both self-employed and in salaried employment. Working in business environments where cultures have been very diverse has brought many challenges but has also brought a wealth of experience and personal fulfilment.

Chris's City interests include the history and traditions of the City of London. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards and Junior Warden of the Tower Ward Club.

As a Member of the Operations Committee of New Islington and Hackney Housing Association, Chris has a keen awareness of disadvantaged sections of the population and is committed to their well being. Chris is also a Trustee of The Lion's Part. A theatrical charity based at Shakespeare's Globe. A lover of the theatre, his 18 year old daughter is attempting to embark upon an acting career.

Chris is a keen sailor and scuba diver. During 2002, Chris raised money for another favourite charity – The Dakhleh Trust by sailing from Greenwich Yacht Club to Port Edgar, Edinburgh as part of a "Sailathon" that year. He is a member of the Maritime Volunteer Service but has very little time to commit to sailing or diving these days. Chris speaks French, Spanish and "enough Russian to get by in Moscow".

Chris' Experience

Before being selected, Chris was Vice Chairman (Social) of Marylebone High Street Ward Conservative Association within the Cities of London and Westminster Conservative Association. As Social Secretary, he organised Afternoon Tea at the House of Lords, a popular event that attracted attendees of many different nationalities. 10% were Russian, several Greeks, two Indians and an Israeli were among the many represented. He has been a party Member of various Associations since 1982. He is a member of the 1912 Club and the Bow Group.

His politics is mainstream and centrist. Chris believes in a strong, independent United Kingdom that can provide added value to a European Union and not be swamped with unsuitable legislation imposed by unaccountable bureaucrats. He believes that the Conservative Party is the only Party that has demonstrated and continues to provide multiculturalism and egalitarianism from the heart, and not from political expediency.