May 15, 2001 10:42: TWO of the borough's sitting Tory MPs have dismissed suggestions their tiny majorities will be swept away in next month's General Election.

Labour politicians are expected to flock to Beckenham where they will be targeting Jacqui Lait's majority of just 1,227 votes won in a 1997 by-election. While Orpington MP John Horam is set for a close fight with Liberal Democrat challenger and Bromley Council joint leader Councillor Chris Maines.

Mrs Lait said: "I would not regard this seat as a vulnerable."

Liberal Democrat spokesman Liz Peplow said the Orpington seat held by Mr Horam would be one of the seats they would be hoping to do well in because of the MP's low majority of 2,952.

Mr Horam had a 2,952 lead over challenger Cllr Maines last time around.