Croydon North East (UK Parliament constituency)

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Croydon North East
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
CountyGreater London
19551997
Number of membersOne
Replaced byCroydon Central and Croydon North
Created fromCroydon East and Croydon North

Croydon North East was a borough constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1955 to 1997. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

History[edit]

Croydon North East was created for the 1955 general election just five years after a previous re-organisation of the three seats in the County Borough of Croydon. It took in areas of the former Croydon North and Croydon East constituencies and bordered Croydon North West and Croydon South, as well as, when originally created, the constituency of Beckenham.

The constituency was abolished at the 1997 general election with one third going to the new Croydon North seat (the Thornton Heath, Upper Norwood and South Norwood wards) and the rest (the wards of Woodside, Rylands, Addiscombe, Ashburton and Monks Orchard) becoming part of an expanded Croydon Central.

For all of its history, Croydon North East had Conservative Members of Parliament, although in 1987 its long-serving and most notable MP, Bernard Weatherill, stood as Speaker. Following its abolition at the 1997 election both successor seats elected Labour MPs.

Boundaries[edit]

1955–1965: The County Borough of Croydon wards of Addiscombe, East, South Norwood, Thornton Heath, and Woodside.

1965–1983: The same wards in the London Borough of Croydon.

1983–1997: Wards of the above borough: Addiscombe, Ashburton, Monks Orchard, Rylands, South Norwood, Thornton Heath, Upper Norwood, and Woodside.

When first created, Croydon North East included the areas of South Norwood and Addiscombe and parts of Thornton Heath and Shirley. It saw various boundary changes, largely stretching further north. At the time of its abolition in 1997, Croydon North East covered all of South Norwood, Upper Norwood, Addiscombe, northern Shirley and parts of Thornton Heath around Thornton Heath High Street, within the London Borough of Croydon.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[1] Party Notes
1955 John Hughes-Hallett Conservative
1964 Bernard Weatherill Conservative Chairman of Ways and Means 1979-1983
1983 Speaker Speaker of the House of Commons 1983-1992
1992 David Congdon Conservative
1997 constituency abolished: see Croydon Central & Croydon North

Elections[edit]

General election 1992: Croydon North East [2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Congdon 23,835 51.4 -3.6
Labour Mary Walker 16,362 35.3 +8.8
Liberal Democrats John Fraser 6,186 13.3 -5.1
Majority 7,473 16.1 -12.4
Turnout 46,383 72.0 +2.3
Conservative gain from Speaker Swing -6.2
General election 1987: Croydon North East [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Speaker Bernard Weatherill 24,188 55.0 +2.5
Labour Christine Patrick 11,669 26.5 +4.1
SDP Julian Goldie 8,128 18.5 -6.6
Majority 12,519 28.5 +1.1
Turnout 43,985 69.7 +2.2
Speaker hold Swing +0.8
General election 1983: Croydon North East [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Bernard Weatherill 22,292 52.5 +1.5
SDP Julian Goldie 10,665 25.1 New
Labour K. A. Riley 9,503 22.4 -12.6
Majority 11,637 27.4 +5.7
Turnout 38,460 67.5 -6.6
Conservative hold Swing +8.8
General election 1979: Croydon North East [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Bernard Weatherill 21,560 51.0 +7.7
Labour David H. Simpson 14,784 35.0 -3.1
Liberal Patrick Thomas Streeter 5,459 12.9 -5.6
National Front P. W. Moss 464 1.1 New
Majority 6,776 16.0 +10.8
Turnout 42,267 74.1 +3.1
Conservative hold Swing +5.4
General election October 1974: Croydon North East [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Bernard Weatherill 17,938 43.3 +0.8
Labour David Harold Simpson 15,787 38.1 +4.0
Liberal Patrick Thomas Streeter 7,228 17.5 -5.9
Independent British Nationalist William Stringer 451 1.1 New
Majority 2,151 5.2 -3.2
Turnout 41,404 71.0 -7.7
Conservative hold Swing -1.6
General election February 1974: Croydon North East [8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Bernard Weatherill 19,395 42.5 -7.2
Labour C. R. Coyne 15,575 34.1 -5.9
Liberal Patrick Thomas Streeter 10,659 23.4 +13.1
Majority 3,820 8.4 -1.3
Turnout 45,629 78.7 +9.1
Conservative hold Swing -1.3
General election 1970: Croydon North East [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Bernard Weatherill 20,351 49.7 +6.1
Labour G. F. Elliot 16,373 40.0 -2.2
Liberal R. J. Mayhew 4,210 10.3 -4.0
Majority 3,978 9.7 +8.3
Turnout 40,934 69.6 -6.7
Conservative hold Swing +4.2
General election 1966: Croydon North East [10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Bernard Weatherill 18,302 43.6 -3.2
Labour Gerald F. Elliot 17,714 42.2 +4.4
Liberal Johndon D. O. Henchley 6,007 14.3 -1.1
Majority 588 1.4 -7.6
Turnout 42,023 76.3 1.2
Conservative hold Swing -3.8
General election 1964: Croydon North East [11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Bernard Weatherill 19,930 46.8 -3.3
Labour D. Storer 16,099 37.8 +1.2
Liberal S. R. R. de la Mahotiere 6,567 15.4 +2.1
Majority 3,831 9.0 -10.5
Turnout 42,596 75.0 -5.3
Conservative hold Swing -2.4
General election 1959: Croydon North East [12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Hughes-Hallett 24,345 53.1 -1.9
Labour Walter Wolfgang 15,440 33.6 -2.8
Liberal Arnold E. Bender 6,109 13.3 +4.7
Majority 8,905 19.5 +0.9
Turnout 45,894 80.3 +2.6
Conservative hold Swing +0.5
General election 1955: Croydon North East [13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Hughes-Hallett 25,097 55.0
Labour Gordon Borrie 16,616 36.4
Liberal James Walters 3,892 8,6
Majority 8,481 18.6
Turnout 45,605 77.7
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 6)
  2. ^ "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Archived from the original on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
  3. ^ The swing against the Conservatives in the 1992 election, both for the candidate and the seat, are shown relative to the Speaker's 1987 result. This is reasonable as both the Labour and Liberal parties stood against Bernard Weatherill in 1987.
  4. ^ "UK General Election results June 1987". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Archived from the original on 22 May 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
  5. ^ "UK General Election results June 1983". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Archived from the original on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
  6. ^ "UK General Election results May 1979". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Archived from the original on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
  7. ^ "UK General Election results October 1974". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Archived from the original on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
  8. ^ "UK General Election results February 1974". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Archived from the original on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
  9. ^ "UK General Election results 1970". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Archived from the original on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
  10. ^ "UK General Election results March 1966". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Archived from the original on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
  11. ^ "UK General Election results October 1964". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Archived from the original on 29 June 2017. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
  12. ^ "UK General Election results October 1959". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Archived from the original on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
  13. ^ "UK General Election results May 1955". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Archived from the original on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2011.

Sources[edit]

  • The Times House of Commons 1955. The Times. 1955.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Cardiff West
Constituency represented by the Speaker
1983 – 1992
Succeeded by
West Bromwich West