Croydon North by-election, 2012

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Croydon North by-election, 2012
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The Croydon North seat in the House of Commons
  First party Second party Third party
  Official portrait of Mr Steve Reed crop 2.jpg No image.svg Winstonmckenzie.jpg
Candidate Steve Reed Andrew Stranack Winston McKenzie
Party Labour Conservative UKIP
Popular vote 15,898 4,137 1,400
Percentage 64.7% 16.8% 5.7%
Swing Increase8.7% Decrease7.3% Increase4.0%

Map showing the Croydon North Parliamentary constituency within Greater London.

MP before election

Malcolm Wicks

Subsequent MP

Steve Reed

The Croydon North by-election was a by-election for the Parliament of the United Kingdom's House of Commons constituency of Croydon North in the London Borough of Croydon. The by-election was caused by the death of its Member of Parliament Malcolm Wicks.[1] It took place on Thursday, 29 November,[2] the same day as by-elections in Middlesbrough and Rotherham. The by-election was won by Steve Reed of the Labour Party.


The constituency covers the north west of the London Borough of Croydon and includes Thornton Heath, Norbury, Selhurst and parts of South and Upper Norwood. It is made up of eight electoral wards from the borough:

  • Bensham Manor, Broad Green, Norbury, Selhurst, South Norwood, Thornton Heath, Upper Norwood, and West Thornton

Croydon's three constituencies are contiguous with the boundaries of the London Borough of Croydon. Croydon North borders the seats of Carshalton and Wallington, Mitcham and Morden, Streatham, Dulwich and West Norwood, Lewisham West and Penge, Beckenham, Croydon Central, and Croydon South.


Wards of Croydon North constituency (orange) within the London Borough of Croydon (yellow)

Croydon Borough Council released the statement of persons nominated on 14 November. This confirmed 12 candidates will contest the election.[3] The electorate is said to be around 104,000[4]

On 3 November 2012, former children's book publisher and current Leader of London Borough of Lambeth Council, Councillor[5] Steve Reed was chosen to be the Labour candidate after a closely fought battle with London Assembly member Val Shawcross.[6]

Charity worker and social entrepreneur Andrew Stranack, who has cerebral palsy,[7] is the Conservative party candidate.[8]

On 17 October 2012, IT professional and former London Borough of Islington Councillor Marisha Ray was selected as the prospective Liberal Democrats candidate.[9]

On 25 October, the Green Party chose local campaigner Shasha Khan, dubbed by local reporters as 'Croydon's Green Knight'[10]

Winston McKenzie, a perennial election candidate who was the UKIP candidate in Tottenham, an independent candidate at the Brent East by-election, 2003, Veritas Party nominee at Croydon North in 2005 and independent candidate for London Mayor has been chosen as the prospective candidate for the UK Independence Party.[8]

On 29 October, the Chair[citation needed] of the London Race and Criminal Justice Consortium and a former Senior Policy Advisor to the then Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, Lee Jasper, was selected[citation needed] as the candidate for the Respect Party.

On 17 October, The National Front confirmed their prospective candidate to be the former British National Party Deputy Chairman and engineer Richard Edmonds.[11]

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes % ±%
Croydon North by-election, 2012
Death of Malcolm Wicks
Turnout: 24,562 (26.5%) −34.1
Labour hold
Majority: 11,761 (47.9%) +16.0
Swing: 8.0% from Con to Lab
Steve Reed Labour 15,892 64.7 +8.7
Andrew Stranack Conservative 4,137 16.8 −7.3
Winston McKenzie UKIP 1,400 5.7 +4.0
Marisha Ray Liberal Democrat 860 3.5 −10.5
Shasha Khan Green 855 3.5 +1.5
Lee Jasper Respect 707 2.9 +2.4
Stephen Hammond Christian Peoples 192 0.8 N/A
Richard Edmonds National Front 161 0.7 N/A
Ben Stevenson Communist 119 0.5 0.2
John Cartwright Monster Raving Loony 110 0.4 N/A
Simon Lane nine eleven was an inside job 66 0.3 N/A
Robin Smith YPP 63 0.3 N/A

Previous result[edit]

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes % ±%
General election 2010
New boundaries
Electorate: 85,216
Turnout: 51,676 (60.6%) +8.0
Labour hold
Majority: 16,481 (31.9%)
Swing: +0.3% from Con to Lab
Malcolm Wicks Labour 28,947 56.0 +2.4
Jason Hadden Conservative 12,466 24.1 +1.9
Gerry Jerome Liberal Democrat 7,226 14.0 -3.2
Shasha Khan Green 1,017 2.0 -0.9
Jonathan Serter UKIP 891 1.7 -0.0
Novlette Williams Christian 586 1.1 N/A
Mohommad Shaikh Respect 272 0.5 N/A
Ben Stevenson Communist 160 0.3 N/A
Mohamed Sayed Independent 111 0.2 N/A

See also[edit]