Croydon North West (UK Parliament constituency)
|Croydon North West|
|Former Borough constituency|
|for the House of Commons|
1965–1997: Greater London
|Number of members||One|
|Replaced by||Croydon North|
|Created from||Croydon North and Croydon West|
Croydon North West was a borough constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.
Politics and history of the constituency
It took in areas of the former Croydon North and Croydon West constituencies and bordered Croydon North East and Croydon South, as well as, when originally created, the constituencies of Streatham, Norwood, Beckenham and Mitcham.
For almost all of its history, Croydon North West had Conservative Members of Parliament. It was the scene of a famous by-election in 1981, following the death of its MP, won by Bill Pitt for the SDP-Liberal Alliance. However, it returned to the Conservatives two years later, remaining so until it was snatched by Malcolm Wicks for the Labour Party at the 1992 general election.
1955-1974: The county borough of Croydon wards of Bensham Manor, Norbury, Upper Norwood, West Thornton, and Whitehorse Manor.
1974-1983: The London Borough of Croydon wards of Bensham Manor, Norbury, Upper Norwood, West Thornton, and Whitehorse Manor.
1983-1997: The London Borough of Croydon wards of Bensham Manor, Beulah, Broad Green, Norbury, West Thornton, and Whitehorse Manor.
When first created, Croydon North West included the areas of Norbury, Upper Norwood and parts of west Croydon and Thornton Heath. It saw various boundary changes, largely stretching further south and losing its more easterly parts. At the time of its abolition in 1997, Croydon North West covered all of West Croydon, Selhurst, Norbury and parts of Thornton Heath around the Thornton Heath Pond, within the London Borough of Croydon.
Members of Parliament
|1981 by-election||Bill Pitt||Liberal|
|1997||Constituency abolished: see Croydon North|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1992: Croydon North West|
|Liberal Democrat||Mrs Linda F. Hawkins||3,728||9.2||-6.8|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||+6.9|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: Croydon North West|
|General Election 1983: Croydon North West|
|National Front||Nick Griffin||336||0.9|
|Ecology||Tim A.J. Rowe||286||0.7|
|By-election 1981: Croydon North West|
|National Front||Nick Griffin||429||1.2|
|Independent Pro-Life||Marilyn Gillies Carr||340||1.0|
|Constitutional Movement||Suzan McKenzie||111||0.3|
|Disabled War Pensioners Association||Lawrence Brooks||81||0.2|
|Democratic Monarchist, Public Safety, White Resident||Bill Boaks||51||0.1|
|Family Law Reform Party||George Major||31||0.1|
|London Federation of Self-Employed||Josef Joseph||20||0.1|
|Anti-Common Market - Free Trade||Stephen Done||11||0.0|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing|
Elections in the 1970s
|General Election 1979: Croydon North West|
|General Election October 1974: Croydon North West|
|National Front||P. Holland||1,049||2.75|
|General Election February 1974: Croydon North West|
|General Election 1970: Croydon North West|
Elections in the 1960s
|General Election 1966: Croydon North West|
|Conservative||Frederic Walter Harris||18,578||45.39|
|Labour||Michael J Stewart||15,882||38.81|
|Liberal||Ronald E J Banks||6,466||15.80|
|General Election 1964: Croydon North West|
|Conservative||Frederic Walter Harris||19,577||46.90|
|Liberal||Ronald E J Banks||8,201||19.65|
Elections in the 1950s
|General Election 1959: Croydon North West|
|Labour||David W. Chalkley||14,658||31.98|
|Liberal||Miss Ivy E Thurston||6,061||13.22|
|General Election 1955: Croydon North West|
|Liberal||Miss Ivy E Thurston||4,139||9.0|
- "UK General Election results April 1992". Election 1992. Political Science Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 6)[self-published source][better source needed]
- The Times House of Commons 1955. The Times. 1955.