MEET Gareth Bacon AM
London Assembly Member for Bexley and Bromley
My name is Gareth Bacon, and I am proud to be the London Assembly Member for Bexley and Bromley.
I was born in Hong Kong but was raised, went to school and still live in Sidcup with my wife and daughter, close to the boundary of the Orpington constituency.
I took my Bachelors Degree at the University of Kent in 1996, before studying for a Masters Degree in European Politics at the same university the following year. The subject of my Master’s Degree dissertation was an examination of the democratic deficit in the European Union – I concluded that this was a problem that could not be resolved and that Britain would be better served by leaving the European Union. This forms much of the foundation for my support for Brexit.
After university, I worked in financial services before moving into financial recruitment, latterly as a Director of a large financial recruitment business.
I have been a London Assembly Member since 2008, initially as a London-wide Member but for the past four years, I have been proud to represent the constituency of Bromley and Bexley, which includes Orpington, holding the Mayor to account and delivering for outer London.
On the Assembly, I work tirelessly to protect our green spaces, keep our communities safe, and ensure that every penny of taxpayers' money is spent well.
In the final 18 months of Boris Johnson's mayoralty, I served as Chairman of the London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority. This body oversaw the London Fire Brigade and co-ordinated the emergency planning work for London.
In 1998, I was elected to serve as a local councillor in the London Borough of Bexley. For a total of nine years, I served as a Cabinet Member in a number of positions including as Deputy Leader of the Council, Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Services, and Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Realm.
I was elected as the Member of Parliament for Orpington on 12 December 2019 with more than 60% of the vote. I have announced my intention to stand down as the Assembly Member for Bexley and Bromley at this May's election.