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. The Labour party had taken control of the council for the first time in the council's history in the previous election in 1994. The removal of mounted patrols from parks and an increase in nursery places were seen as important issues in the election. Both main parties concentrated on trying to get their vote out and were targeting several key wards.
^ abWard, 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.|access-date= requires |url= (help)
^"Councils of war: the 12 key town halls they're fighting for". Evening Standard. 1998-05-06. p. 19.|access-date= requires |url= (help)
^"Local Elections results". The Times. 1998-05-09. p. 46.|access-date= requires |url= (help)