Bromley and Chislehurst is a parliamentary constituency in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, represented by Bob Neill for the Conservative Party. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.
The boundary changes that will come into force before the next General Election will remove the ward of Bromley Common & Keston and that part of the Hayes & Coney Hall ward that currently lies within the constituency, to Beckenham constituency, and the Cray Valley West ward will move into the seat from Orpington constituency.
Harold Macmillan was the MP for Bromley until his retirement in 1964, when he was succeeded by John Hunt. Hunt, on the left of the Conservative party, held the seat (renamed Ravensbourne in 1974) until 1997. The former Chislehurst constituency also had a tradition of electing centrist Conservative MPs, in the form of Patricia Hornsby-Smith and from 1974 Roger Sims. When the Chislehurst constituency was merged with part of Ravensbourne in 1997 to form Bromley and Chislehurst, both Hunt and Sims retired, and the eccentric libertarian Eric Forth was selected as the Conservative candidate.
In May 2006, just after the Local Elections, Eric Forth was taken ill, complaining of severe stomach pains. He was diagnosed with inoperable cancer and died peacefully a few days later.
The by-election was held on 29 June 2006. The current Greater London Authority member Bob Neill held the seat for the Conservatives with a majority of just over 600 votes separating him from the Liberal Democrat candidate Ben Abbotts.