Croydon North by-election, 2012
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. It took place on Thursday, 29 November, 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.
On 3 November 2012, former children's book publisher and current Leader of London Borough of Lambeth Council, Councillor Steve Reed was chosen to be the Labour candidate after a closely fought battle with London Assembly member Val Shawcross.
On 25 October, the Green Party chose local campaigner Shasha Khan, dubbed by local reporters as 'Croydon's Green Knight'
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.
On 29 October, the Chair 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 as the candidate for the Respect Party.
|Croydon North by-election, 2012
Death of Malcolm Wicks
Turnout: 24,562 (26.5%) −34.1
Majority: 11,761 (47.9%) +16.0
Swing: 8.0% from Con to Lab
|Marisha Ray||Liberal Democrat||860||3.5||−10.5|
|Stephen Hammond||Christian Peoples||192||0.8||N/A|
|Richard Edmonds||National Front||161||0.7||N/A|
|John Cartwright||Monster Raving Loony||110||0.4||N/A|
|Simon Lane||nine eleven was an inside job||66||0.3||N/A|
|General election 2010
Turnout: 51,676 (60.6%) +8.0
Majority: 16,481 (31.9%)
Swing: +0.3% from Con to Lab
|Gerry Jerome||Liberal Democrat||7,226||14.0||-3.2|
- Croydon North by-election, 1940
- Croydon North by-election, 1948
- List of United Kingdom by-elections
- Opinion polling for the next United Kingdom general election
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