Croydon North East (UK Parliament constituency)

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Croydon North East
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
County Greater London
19551997
Number of members One
Replaced by Croydon Central and Croydon North
Created from Croydon East and Croydon North

Croydon North East was a borough constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1955 to 1997. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

History[edit]

Croydon North East was created for the 1955 general election just five years after a previous re-organisation of the three seats in the County Borough of Croydon. It took in areas of the former Croydon North and Croydon East constituencies and bordered Croydon North West and Croydon South, as well as, when originally created, the constituency of Beckenham.

The constituency was abolished at the 1997 general election with one third going to the new Croydon North seat (the Thornton Heath, Upper Norwood and South Norwood wards) and the rest (the wards of Woodside, Rylands, Addiscombe, Ashburton and Monks Orchard) becoming part of an expanded Croydon Central.

For all of its history, Croydon North East had Conservative Members of Parliament, although in 1987 its long-serving and most notable MP, Bernard Weatherill, stood as Speaker. Following its abolition at the 1997 election both successor seats elected Labour MPs.

Boundaries[edit]

1955-1974: The County Borough of Croydon wards of Addiscombe, East, South Norwood, Thornton Heath, and Woodside.

1974-1983: The London Borough of Croydon wards of Addiscombe, East, South Norwood, Thornton Heath, and Woodside.

1983-1997: The London Borough of Croydon wards of Addiscombe, Ashburton, Monks Orchard, Rylands, South Norwood, Thornton Heath, Upper Norwood, and Woodside.

When first created, Croydon North East included the areas of South Norwood and Addiscombe and parts of Thornton Heath and Shirley. It saw various boundary changes, largely stretching further north. At the time of its abolition in 1997, Croydon North East covered all of South Norwood, Upper Norwood, Addiscombe, northern Shirley and parts of Thornton Heath around Thornton Heath High Street, within the London Borough of Croydon.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party
1955 John Hughes-Hallett Conservative
1964 Bernard Weatherill Conservative
1983 Speaker
1992 David Congdon Conservative
1997 Constituency abolished: see Croydon Central and Croydon North

Elections[edit]

Elections 1974–1992[edit]

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes % ±%
General election, April 1992 [2][3]
Electorate: 64,405
Turnout: 46,383 (72.0%) +2.3
Conservative gain from Speaker
Majority: 7,473 (16.1%) −12.4
Swing: 6.2% from Con to Lab
David Congdon Conservative 23,835 51.4 −3.6
Mrs Mary Walker Labour 16,362 35.3 +8.7
John Fraser Liberal Democrat 6,186 13.3 −5.1
General election, June 1987 [4]
Electorate: 63,129
Turnout: 43,985 (69.7%) 2.2
Speaker gain from Conservative
Majority: 12,519 (28.5%) +1.1
Swing: 0.8% from Spkr to Lab
Bernard Weatherill Speaker 24,188 55.0 +2.5
Christine Elizabeth Patrick Labour 11,669 26.5 +4.1
Julian Dominic Goldie Social Democratic 8,128 18.5 −6.6
General election, June 1983 [5]
Electorate: 62,923
Turnout: 38,460 (67.5%)
Conservative hold
Majority: 11,637 (27.4%) −5.7
Swing: 8.8% from Con to SDP
Bernard Weatherill Conservative 22,292 52.5 +1.5
Julian Dominic Goldie Social Democratic 10,665 25.1 +19.0
K. A. Riley Labour 9,503 22.4 −12.6
General election, May 1979 [6]
Electorate: 57,022
Turnout: 42,267 (74.1%) +3.1
Conservative hold
Majority: 6,776 (16.0%) +10.8
Swing: 4.5% from Lab to Con
Bernard Weatherill Conservative 21,560 51.0 +6.7
David H. Simpson Labour 14,784 35.0 −3.2
Patrick Thomas Streeter Liberal 5,459 12.9 −5.5
P. W. Moss National Front 464 1.1 N/A
General election, October 1974 [7]
Electorate: 58,306
Turnout: 45,629 (71.0%) −7.7
Conservative hold
Majority: 2,151 (5.2%) −3.2
Swing: 1.6% from Con to Lab
Bernard Weatherill Conservative 17,938 43.3 +0.8
David Harold Simpson Labour 15,787 38.1 +4.0
Patrick Thomas Streeter Liberal 7,228 17.5 −5.9
William Stringer Independent British Nationalist 451 1.1 N/A
General election, February 1974 [8]
New boundaries
Electorate: 57,951
Turnout: 78.7% (+9.2)
Conservative hold
Majority: 3,820 (8.4%) −6.2
Swing: 1.3% from Con to Lab
Bernard Weatherill Conservative 19,395 42.5 −7.2
C. R. Coyne Labour 15,575 34.1 −5.9
Patrick Thomas Streeter Liberal 10,659 23.4 +13.1

Elections 1955–1970[edit]

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes % ±%
General election, June 1970 [9]
Electorate: 58,819
Turnout: 40,934 (69.6%) −6.7
Conservative hold
Majority: 3,978 (9.7%) +8.3
Swing: 4.2% from Lab to Con
Bernard Weatherill Conservative 20,351 49.7 +6.2
G. F. Elliot Labour 16,373 40.0 −2.2
R. J. Mayhew Liberal 4,210 10.3 −4.0
General election, March 1966 [10]
Electorate: 55,094
Turnout: 42,023 (76.3%) +1.2
Conservative hold
Majority: 588 (1.4%) −7.6
Swing: 3.8% from Con to Lab
Bruce Bernard Weatherill Conservative 18,302 43.6 −3.2
Gerald F. Elliott Labour 17,714 42.2 4.4
John D. O. Henchley Liberal 6,007 14.3 −1.1
General election, October 1964 [11]
Electorate: 56,765
Turnout: 42,596 (75.0%) −5.3
Conservative hold
Majority: 3,831 (9.0%) −10.4
Swing: 2.4% from Con to Lab
Bernard Weatherill Conservative 19,930 46.8 −3.3
D. Storer Labour 16,099 37.8 +1.2
S. R. R. de la Mahotiere Liberal 6,567 15.4 +2.1
General election, October 1959 [12]
Electorate: 57,174
Turnout: 45,894 (80.3%) +2.6
Conservative hold
Majority: 8,905 (19.4%) +0.8
Swing: 0.5% from Lab to Con
John Hughes-Hallett Conservative 24,345 53.1 −1.9
Walter Wolfgang Labour 15,440 33.6 −2.8
Dr Arnold E Bender Liberal 6,109 13.3 +4.7
General election, May 1955 [13]
Electorate: 58,663
Turnout: 45,605 (77.7%)
Conservative win
Majority: 8,481 (18.6%)
John Hughes-Hallett Conservative 25,097 55.0 N/A
Gordon Borrie Labour 16,616 36.4 N/A
James Walters Liberal 3,892 8.6 N/A

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 6)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  3. ^ The swing against the Conservatives in the 1992 election, both for the candidate and the seat, are shown relative to the Speaker's 1987 result. This is reasonable as both the Labour and Liberal parties stood against Bernard Weatherill in 1987.
  4. ^ "UK General Election results June 1987". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "UK General Election results June 1983". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "UK General Election results May 1979". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "UK General Election results October 1974". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "UK General Election results February 1974". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "UK General Election results 1970". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  10. ^ "UK General Election results March 1966". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  11. ^ "UK General Election results October 1964". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  12. ^ "UK General Election results October 1959". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  13. ^ "UK General Election results May 1955". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 

Sources[edit]

  • The Times House of Commons 1955. The Times. 1955. 
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Cardiff West
Constituency represented by the Speaker
1983 – 1992
Succeeded by
West Bromwich West