Croydon East (UK Parliament constituency)

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Croydon East
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
County Surrey
Number of members One
Replaced by Croydon North East and Croydon South
Created from Croydon North and Croydon South

Croydon East 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[edit]

Croydon East was a short-lived seat for the 1950 general election, creating three seats in the County Borough of Croydon from the previous two, taking in areas from the East Surrey constituency to the south. Croydon East took in areas of the former Croydon North and Croydon South constituencies, and East Surrey. It bordered Croydon West, Croydon North and East Surrey, and, when created, Beckenham.

All three Croydon constituencies were abolished at the 1955 general election, re-creating Croydon South and creating Croydon North East and Croydon North West seats.

For all of its history Croydon East had Conservative Members of Parliament. It saw three elections: the 1950 general election, the 1951 general election and a 1954 by-election. Prior to 1950, Croydon South had been held by Labour but most of its voters were re-drawn into Croydon West.


The County Borough of Croydon wards of Addington, Addiscombe, East, South Norwood, and Woodside.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party Notes
1950 Herbert Williams Conservative Died 1954
1954 by-election John Hughes-Hallett Conservative
1955 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

General Election 1950: Croydon East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sir Herbert Geraint Williams 29,484 53.3 N/A
Labour Marian Billson 20,903 37.8 N/A
Liberal George Laing Gray 4,882 8.8 N/A
Majority 8,581 15.5 N/A
Turnout 55,269 N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A
General Election 1951: Croydon East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sir Herbert Geraint Williams 32,282 58.8 +5.5
Labour Alexander Bain 22,615 41.2 +3.4
Majority 9,667 17.6
Turnout 54,897
Conservative hold Swing +1.1
Croydon East by-election, 1954
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Hughes-Hallett 21,640 56.6 -2.2
Labour JW Wellwood 13,546 35.4 -5.8
Liberal James Walters 3,060 8.0 +8.0
Majority 8,094 21.2 +3.6
Turnout 38,460 67.5
Conservative hold Swing