Croydon North East (UK Parliament constituency)

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Croydon North East
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
County Greater London
19551997
Number of members One
Replaced by Croydon Central and Croydon North
Created from Croydon 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]

1955-1974: The County Borough of Croydon wards of Addiscombe, East, South Norwood, Thornton Heath, and Woodside.

1974-1983: 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]

Elections 1974–1992[edit]

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes % ±%
General election, April 1992 [2][3]
Electorate: 64,405
Turnout: 46,383 (72.0%) +2.3
Conservative gain from Speaker
Majority: 7,473 (16.1%) −12.4
Swing: 6.2% from Con to Lab
David CongdonConservative23,83551.4−3.6
Mary Walker Labour16,36235.3+8.7
John Fraser Liberal Democrat6,18613.3−5.1
General election, June 1987 [4]
Electorate: 63,129
Turnout: 43,985 (69.7%) 2.2
Speaker gain from Conservative
Majority: 12,519 (28.5%) +1.1
Swing: 0.8% from Spkr to Lab
Bernard WeatherillSpeaker24,18855.0+2.5
Christine Patrick Labour11,66926.5+4.1
Julian Goldie Social Democratic8,12818.5−6.6
General election, June 1983 [5]
Electorate: 62,923
Turnout: 38,460 (67.5%)
Conservative hold
Majority: 11,637 (27.4%) −5.7
Swing: 8.8% from Con to SDP
Bernard WeatherillConservative22,29252.5+1.5
Julian Goldie Social Democratic10,66525.1+19.0
K. A. Riley Labour9,50322.4−12.6
General election, May 1979 [6]
Electorate: 57,022
Turnout: 42,267 (74.1%) +3.1
Conservative hold
Majority: 6,776 (16.0%) +10.8
Swing: 4.5% from Lab to Con
Bernard WeatherillConservative21,56051.0+6.7
David H. Simpson Labour14,78435.0−3.2
Patrick Thomas Streeter Liberal5,45912.9−5.5
P. W. Moss National Front4641.1N/A
General election, October 1974 [7]
Electorate: 58,306
Turnout: 45,629 (71.0%) −7.7
Conservative hold
Majority: 2,151 (5.2%) −3.2
Swing: 1.6% from Con to Lab
Bernard WeatherillConservative17,93843.3+0.8
David Harold Simpson Labour15,78738.1+4.0
Patrick Thomas Streeter Liberal7,22817.5−5.9
William Stringer Independent British Nationalist4511.1N/A
General election, February 1974 [8]
New boundaries
Electorate: 57,951
Turnout: 78.7% (+9.2)
Conservative hold
Majority: 3,820 (8.4%) −6.2
Swing: 1.3% from Con to Lab
Bernard WeatherillConservative19,39542.5−7.2
C. R. Coyne Labour15,57534.1−5.9
Patrick Thomas Streeter Liberal10,65923.4+13.1

Elections 1955–1970[edit]

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes % ±%
General election, June 1970 [9]
Electorate: 58,819
Turnout: 40,934 (69.6%) −6.7
Conservative hold
Majority: 3,978 (9.7%) +8.3
Swing: 4.2% from Lab to Con
Bernard WeatherillConservative20,35149.7+6.2
G. F. Elliot Labour16,37340.0−2.2
R. J. Mayhew Liberal4,21010.3−4.0
General election, March 1966 [10]
Electorate: 55,094
Turnout: 42,023 (76.3%) +1.2
Conservative hold
Majority: 588 (1.4%) −7.6
Swing: 3.8% from Con to Lab
Bernard WeatherillConservative18,30243.6−3.2
Gerald F. Elliott Labour17,71442.2+4.4
John D. O. Henchley Liberal6,00714.3−1.1
General election, October 1964 [11]
Electorate: 56,765
Turnout: 42,596 (75.0%) −5.3
Conservative hold
Majority: 3,831 (9.0%) −10.4
Swing: 2.4% from Con to Lab
Bernard WeatherillConservative19,93046.8−3.3
D. Storer Labour Co-op16,09937.8+1.2
S. R. R. de la Mahotiere Liberal6,56715.4+2.1
General election, October 1959 [12]
Electorate: 57,174
Turnout: 45,894 (80.3%) +2.6
Conservative hold
Majority: 8,905 (19.4%) +0.8
Swing: 0.5% from Lab to Con
John Hughes-HallettConservative24,34553.1−1.9
Walter Wolfgang Labour15,44033.6−2.8
Arnold E. Bender Liberal6,10913.3+4.7
General election, May 1955 [13]
Electorate: 58,663
Turnout: 45,605 (77.7%)
Conservative win
Majority: 8,481 (18.6%)
John Hughes-HallettConservative25,09755.0N/A
Gordon Borrie Labour16,61636.4N/A
James Walters Liberal3,8928.6N/A

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. 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. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "UK General Election results June 1983". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "UK General Election results May 1979". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "UK General Election results October 1974". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "UK General Election results February 1974". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "UK General Election results 1970". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  10. ^ "UK General Election results March 1966". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  11. ^ "UK General Election results October 1964". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  12. ^ "UK General Election results October 1959". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  13. ^ "UK General Election results May 1955". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. 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