Croydon local elections

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Elections for the Council in the London Borough of Croydon are held every four years to elect 70 councillors. At the last elections, which were held in May 2014, 30 Conservative councillors and 40 Labour councillors, providing a Labour majority of ten seats.

At the 2002 local elections, 37 Labour councillors, 32 Conservative councillors and one Liberal Democrat councillor were elected, maintaining Labour control of the Council. Subsequently one Conservative councillor defected to Labour, defected back to the Conservatives, became an independent and then a Liberal Democrat. Following the death of one Labour councillor and the resignation of two councillors, three by-elections were won by the incumbent party in each case. A 6% swing from Labour to Conservative was seen in the last two in the run-up to the 2006 elections. However, following the Conservatives' victory in 2006, a February 2007 by-election saw a large swing back to Labour.

In 2002, Labour held Croydon with a tiny majority of votes in its marginal wards - one councillor won by just eight votes - and it was inevitable that in the 2006 election the fight would be keenly fought and closely observed. In the end, the Conservatives won 43 seats on the Council, defeating the lone Liberal Democrat and taking ten Labour seats in Waddon, Addiscombe, South Norwood and Upper Norwood.

In 2010, Labour gained six seats (net) from the Conservatives, reducing the Conservative majority on the Council to four seats.

Political control[edit]

Summary of council election results:

Overall control Conservative Labour Lib Dem Others
2010 Conservative 37 33 - -
2006 Conservative 43 27 - -
2002 Labour 32 37 1 -
1998 Labour 31 38 1 -
1994 Labour 30 40 - -
1990 Conservative 41 29 - -
1986 Conservative 44 26 - -
1982 Conservative 62 5 - 3
1978 Conservative 56 11 - 3
1974 Conservative 40 17 - 3
1971 Conservative 30 27 - 3
1968 Conservative 47 1 1 11
1964 No overall control 21 21 - 18

Leaders of the council[edit]

Council elections[edit]

Councillors by party[edit]

The controlling and majority group in the borough is the Labour Party. Since the 2014 election the composition has been:

Party councillors
30
40
0

By-election results[edit]

1990-1994[edit]

Upper Norwood By-Election, 19 November 1992
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Patrick T. Ryan 1,306 55.1
Conservative Guy L. Harding 986 41.6
Liberal Democrat Jonathan R. Cope 79 3.3
Majority 320 13.5
Turnout 2,371 37.0
Labour hold Swing
Broad Green By-Election, 29 April 1993
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stuart Collins 1,972 74.4
Conservative Patricia F.L. Knight 528 19.9
Liberal Democrat David A. Holmes 143 5.4
Majority 1,244 54.5
Turnout 2,643 30.2
Labour hold Swing

1994-1998[edit]

Beulah By-Election 8 December 1994
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hugh D. Malyan 1,338 63.2
Conservative Michael D. Fisher 625 29.5
Liberal Democrat Christopher M. Pocock 132 6.2
Green Bruce J. Horner 21 1.0
Majority 713 33.7
Turnout 2,116 33.2
Labour hold Swing
Sanderstead By-Election 14 September 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Eric Shaw 1712 52.6
Liberal Democrat Gavin T. Howard-Jones 970 29.8
Labour Michael P.J. Phelan 528 16.2
Green Richard J. Hamlyn 32 1.0
Ind Green Soc Dem John S. Cartwright 15 0.5
Majority 742 22.8
Turnout 3,257
Conservative hold Swing
Bensham Manor By-Election 17 October 1996
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Paula M. Shaw 1,812 63.7
Conservative John L. Tooze 690 24.2
Liberal Democrat John Fraser 282 9.9
Green Mario S.G.G. Barnsley 38 1.3
Monster Raving Loony John S. Cartwright 25 0.9
Majority 1,122 39.5
Turnout 2,847 29.8
Labour hold Swing
New Addington By-Election 24 July 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Christopher Ward 755 59.8 -10.6
Conservative Robin Sullivan 367 29.1 -0.6
Liberal Democrat Mark B. Goodrich 97 7.7 +7.7
United Democratic Party Paul T. Burgess 29 2.3 +2.3
Monster Raving Loony John S. Cartwright 15 1.2 +1.2
Majority 388 30.7
Turnout 1,263 15.2
Labour hold Swing

1998-2002[edit]

Rylands By-Election 9 July 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Louisa P. Woodley 1,033 58.1 -8.8
Conservative George A. Filbey 623 35.0 +1.9
Liberal Democrat Hilary J. Waterhouse 102 5.7 +5.7
Monster Raving Loony John S. Cartwright 21 1.2 +1.2
Majority 410 23.1
Turnout 1,779
Labour hold Swing
New Addington By-Election 4 May 2000[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Brenda P. Kirby 1,073 49.4 -12.3
Conservative John R. Miller 882 40.6 +2.3
Liberal Democrat George W. Schlich 153 7.1 +7.1
Monster Raving Loony John S. Cartwright 62 2.9 +2.9
Majority 191 8.8
Turnout 2,170 26.8
Labour hold Swing

2002-2006[edit]

Bensham Manor By-Election 10 June 2004[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Nanoo Rajendran 1,935 50.7 -20.9
Conservative John L. Tooze 631 16.5 -6.3
Liberal Democrat Ejnar Sorensen 581 15.2 +15.2
UKIP James R. Feisenberger 328 8.6 +3.0
Green Shasha Khan 257 6.7 +6.7
Monster Raving Loony John S. Cartwright 44 1.2 +1.2
Independent Robin J.M. Sullivan 42 1.2 +1.1
Majority 1,304 34.2
Turnout 3,818 37.1
Labour hold Swing
Fieldway By-Election 16 June 2005[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Simon A. Hall 993 52.4 -13.0
Conservative Anthony Pearson 714 37.6 +3.0
Liberal Democrat Simon E. Hargrave 136 7.2 +7.2
Independent Winston T. McKenzie 47 2.5 +2.5
Monster Raving Loony John S. Cartwright 6 0.3 +0.3
Majority 279 14.8
Turnout 1,896 28.0
Labour hold Swing
Fairfield By-Election 15 December 2005[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Vidhhyacharan R. Mohan 1,459 54.0 +7.8
Labour Peter N. Horah 871 32.3 -3.8
Liberal Democrat Michael T.A. Bishopp 223 8.3 -4.1
Green Bernice C. Golberg 82 3.0 +3.0
Independent Holly M. Edmonds 34 1.3 +1.3
Monster Raving Loony John S. Cartwright 31 1.1 -4.2
Majority 588 21.7
Turnout 2,700 28.1
Conservative hold Swing

2006-2010[edit]

Bensham Manor By-Election 8 February 2007[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alison Butler 1683 61.7
Conservative Roger Taylor 617 22.6
Green Shasha Khan 240 8.8
Liberal Democrat Christina Tyree 126 4.6
UKIP James Feisenberger 40 1.5
Monster Raving Loony John Cartwright 15 0.5
The People's Choice Mark Samuel 9 0.3
Majority 1066 39
Turnout 2730 26.0
Labour hold Swing
Waddon By-Election 12 February 2009[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Clare Hilley 1,462 46.0 +2.7
Labour Ian Payne 1,222 38.5 +0.7
BNP Charlotte Lewis 157 4.9 +4.9
Liberal Democrat Patricia Gauge 150 4.7 -2.7
Green Mary Davey 115 3.6 -5.4
UKIP Kathleen Garner 48 1.5 +1.5
The People's Choice! Exclusively For All Mark Samuel 13 0.4 +0.4
Monster Raving Loony John Cartwright 11 0.3 +0.3
Majority 240 7.5
Turnout 3,178 28.6
Conservative hold Swing

Wards[edit]

The 24 electoral wards of the London Borough of Croydon

There are 24 wards which represent Croydon Council. All Croydon Council seats were up for re-election for the first time since the 2002 elections, during the election on 4 May 2006. Previously Labour held control of the council. In the election, the Conservatives took 10 seats from Labour and one from the Liberal Democrats. Since the election, Cllr Mike Mogul defected from Labour to the Conservatives adding another Conservative councillor, whilst Cllr Enley Taylor left the Conservative Group and Cllr Jonathan Driver, the Mayor at the time, died.

In the 2010 elections Labour gained six seats from the Conservatives, giving the council's political composition as:

Ward Council members
Addiscombe Patricia Hay Justice (Lab)
Mark Watson (Lab)
Sean Fitzsimons (Lab)
Ashburton Adam Kellett (Con)
Eddy Arram (Con)
Avril Slipper (Con)
Bensham Manor Raj Rajendran (Lab)
Donna Gray (Lab)
Alison Butler (Lab)
Broad Green Stuart Collins (Lab)
Mike Selva (Lab)
Manju Shahul-Hameed (Lab)
Coulsdon East Christopher Wright (Con)
Justin Cromie (Con)
Terry Lenton (Con)
Coulsdon West David Osland (Con)
Jeet Bains (Con)
Ian Parker (Con)
Croham Maria Gatland (Con)
Michael Neal (Con)
Jason Perry (Con)
Fairfield Vidhi Mohan (Con)
Susan Winborn (Con)
David Fitze (Con)
Fieldway Simon Hall (Lab)
Carole Bonner (Lab)
Heathfield Margaret Mead (Con)
Helen Pollard (Con)
Jason Cummings (Con)
Kenley Jan Buttinger (Con)
Steve O'Connell (Con)
Steve Hollands (Con)
New Addington George Ayres (Lab)
Tony Pearson (Con)
Norbury Maggie Mansell (Lab)
Shafi Khan (Lab)
Sherwan Chowdhury (Lab)
Purley Graham Bass (Con)
Badsha Quadir (Con)
Donald Speakman (Con)
Sanderstead Lynne Hale (Con)
Timothy Pollard (Con)
Yvette Hopley (Con)
Selhurst Timothy Godfrey (Lab)
Toni Letts (Lab)
Gerry Ryan (Lab)
Selsdon and Ballards Dudley Mead (Con)
Sara Bashford (Con)
Phil Thomas (Con)
Shirley Janet Marshall (Con)
Richard Chatterjee (Con)
Mike Fisher (Con)
South Norwood Kathy Bee (Lab)
Wayne Lawlor (Lab)
Jane Avis (Lab)
Thornton Heath Pat Clouder (Lab)
Matthew Kyeremeh (Lab)
Louisa Woodley (Lab)
Upper Norwood Alisa Flemming (Lab)
Pat Ryan (Lab)
John Wentworth (Lab)
Waddon Tony Harris (Con)
Clare Hilley (Con)
Simon Hoar (Con)
West Thornton Paul Smith (Lab)
Bernadette Khan (Lab)
Humayun Kabir (Lab)
Woodside Karen Jewitt (Lab)
Tony Newman (Lab)
Paul Scott (Lab)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Addington Ward". Croydon Council. Archived from the original on 21 February 2001. Retrieved 19 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Election of a Councillor for Bensham Manor Ward - 10 June 2004". Croydon Council. Retrieved 31 August 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Election of a Councillor for Fairfield Ward - 15 December 2005". Croydon Council. Retrieved 31 August 2009. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Election of a Councillor for Bensham Manor Ward - 8 February 2007". Croydon Council. Retrieved 31 August 2009. [dead link]
  5. ^ "The Election of a Councillor for Waddon Ward - 12 February 2009". Croydon Council. Retrieved 31 August 2009. [dead link]

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