1998 Croydon London Borough Council election

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Croydon Council Election, 1998
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All 70 seats to Croydon London Borough Council
36 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Valerie Shawcross Unknown Unknown
Party Labour Conservative Liberal Democrats
Leader's seat New Addington
Last election 40 seats 30 seats 0 seats
Seats before 40
Seats won 38 31 1
Seat change Decrease 2 Increase 1 Increase 1
Percentage 38.2% 47.5% 12.1%

Leader of the Council before election

Valerie Shawcross
Labour

Elected Leader

Valerie Shawcross
Labour

Elections to Croydon Council in London, England were held on 7 May 1998. The whole council was up for election and the Labour party stayed in overall control of the council.[1] For the first time in a local election two polling stations were situated in supermarkets.[2]

Before the election the council had been seen as a top target for the Conservatives who only needed a small swing of 2 percent to take control.[3] The Labour party had taken control of the council for the first time in the council's history in the previous election in 1994.[4] The removal of mounted patrols from parks and an increase in nursery places were seen as important issues in the election.[5] Both main parties concentrated on trying to get their vote out and were targeting several key wards.[4]

Election result[edit]

Croydon Local Election Result 1998[6]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 38 0 2 -2 54.3 38.2
  Conservative 31 2 1 +1 44.3 47.5
  Liberal Democrats 1 1 0 +1 1.4 12.1
38 1 31
Labour LD Con

Ward results[edit]

Addiscombe[edit]

Addiscombe (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour
Labour
Labour
Conservative
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Conservative
Independent Resident
Liberal Democrats
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Liberal Democrats
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Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Ashburton[edit]

Ashburton (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative
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Labour
Labour
Liberal Democrats
Liberal Democrats
Majority
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Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

Bensham Manor[edit]

Bensham Manor (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour
Labour
Labour
Conservative
Conservative
Conservative
Liberal Democrats
Liberal Democrats
UKIP
Majority
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Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Beulah[edit]

Beulah (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour
Labour
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Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Broad Green[edit]

Broad Green (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour
Labour
Labour
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Conservative
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Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Coulsdon East[edit]

Coulsdon East (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative
Liberal Democrats
Conservative
Conservative
Liberal Democrats
Liberal Democrats
Labour
Labour
Labour
Majority
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Conservative hold Swing
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Conservative hold Swing

Croham[edit]

Croham (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Nicholas S. P-J. Keable 2,223
Conservative Paul J. McCombie 2,206
Conservative Mark B. Stockwell 2,127
Labour Alison J. Butler 1,060
Labour Beatrice A. Pollard 1,011
Labour Peter N. Horah 980
Liberal Democrats Sylvia W. Bishopp 611
Liberal Democrats Joan H. Leck 530
Liberal Democrats Geoffrey V. Gauge 526
Independent Graham Johnson 129
Independent Mark R.L. Samuel 84
Majority
Turnout 4,052 40.0
Registered electors 10,140
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

Fairfield[edit]

Fairfield (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
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Conservative
Conservative
Labour
Labour
Labour
Liberal Democrats
Liberal Democrats
Liberal Democrats
Monster Raving Loony
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Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

Fieldway[edit]

Fieldway (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour
Labour
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Conservative
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Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Heathfield[edit]

Heathfield (3)
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Labour
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Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

Kenley[edit]

Kenley (2)
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Conservative hold Swing

Monks Orchard[edit]

Monks Orchard (2)
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Liberal Democrats
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Conservative hold Swing

New Addington[edit]

New Addington (3)
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Labour
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Labour
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Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Norbury[edit]

Norbury (3)
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Labour
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Conservative
Liberal Democrats
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Liberal Democrats
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Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Purley[edit]

Purley (3)
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Conservative
Conservative
Labour
Labour
Liberal Democrats
Labour
Liberal Democrats
Liberal Democrats
UKIP
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Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

Rylands[edit]

Rylands (2)
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Labour
Labour
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Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Sanderstead[edit]

Sanderstead (2)
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Labour
Liberal Democrats
Liberal Democrats
Labour
Independent Resident
Independent Resident
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Conservative hold Swing

Selsdon[edit]

Selsdon (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
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Conservative
Labour
Labour
Liberal Democrats
Liberal Democrats
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Conservative hold Swing

South Norwood[edit]

South Norwood (3)
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Labour
Labour
Labour
Conservative
Conservative
Conservative
Liberal Democrats
Liberal Democrats
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Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Spring Park[edit]

Spring Park (2)
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Conservative
Conservative
Labour
Labour
Independent Green
Majority
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Conservative hold Swing

Thornton Heath[edit]

Thornton Heath (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour
Labour
Labour
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Conservative
Conservative
Liberal Democrats
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Liberal Democrats
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Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Upper Norwood[edit]

Upper Norwood (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op
Labour Co-op
Conservative
Conservative
Liberal Democrats
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Turnout
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Labour Co-op hold Swing
Labour Co-op hold Swing

Waddon[edit]

Waddon (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Rex A.J. Calvert 1610
Conservative Graham T. Dare 1556
Labour Charles E. Burling 1528
Conservative Philip P. Gamble 1490
Labour Timothy Godfrey 1298
Labour Bernardette Khan 1268
Liberal Democrats Steven H. Gauge 363
Liberal Democrats Henry J. Norton 338
Liberal Democrats Helen Hadjicharalambous 299
Majority
Turnout
Registered electors
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Labour hold Swing

West Thornton[edit]

West Thornton (3)
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Labour
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Labour
Conservative
Conservative
Conservative
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Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Whitehorse Manor[edit]

Whitehorse Manor (3)
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Labour
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Labour
Conservative
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Conservative
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Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Woodcote & Coulsdon West[edit]

Woodcote & Coulsdon West (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative
Conservative
Conservative
Labour
Liberal Democrats
Labour
Liberal Democrats
Labour
Liberal Democrats
Independent
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Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

Woodside[edit]

Woodside (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour
Labour
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Liberal Democrats
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Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ Riddell, Peter (1998-05-09). "Apathy the winner in struggle between new and old Labour". The Times. p. 46.
  2. ^ Travis, Alan (1998-05-08). "London leans to independent mayor improving life in the capital". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-04-26.
  3. ^ "Labour's first big test approaches". BBC Online. 1998-05-03. Retrieved 2009-04-26.
  4. ^ a b Ward, Lucy (1998-05-04). "When sofa apathy is party enemy No.1, it's all down to swinging the key wards Local elections: In Croydon both sides are concentrating on where they hope it will do most good. Lucy Ward reports". The Guardian. p. 4.
  5. ^ "Councils of war: the 12 key town halls they're fighting for". Evening Standard. 1998-05-06. p. 19.
  6. ^ "Local Elections results". The Times. 1998-05-09. p. 46.