Croydon South (UK Parliament constituency)

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For the Croydon South constituency which covered a different area and existed 1918-1945 and 1950-1974, see Croydon South (historic UK Parliament constituency).
Croydon South
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Croydon South in Greater London.
County Greater London
Electorate 82,010 (May 2015)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1974 (1974)
Member of parliament Chris Philp (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from East Surrey
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency London

Croydon South is a United Kingdom parliamentary constituency created in 1974 represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament since 2015 by Chris Philp, a Conservative.[n 1]

Political history[edit]

In 1974 a Croydon South constituency created in 1950 was renamed Croydon Central and the current Croydon South was created out of northernmost parts of East Surrey, which since 1965 had joined Greater London.

The constituency has had three Conservative MPs. Sir William Clark, who had represented East Surrey in the previous Parliament, won the election in February 1974, and served until 1992 when he was succeeded by Richard Ottaway. In October 2012, Ottaway stated his intention to stand down at the next election and was succeeded by Chris Philp in May 2015 .[2][3] Boundary changes have been minor and the 2015 result made the seat the 145th safest of the Conservative Party's 331 seats by percentage of majority.[4]

Constituency profile[edit]

Croydon South consists overwhelmingly of affluent suburbia, including a significant minority of large houses with gardens on the North Downs escarpment. It has many well-to-do businesspeople taking advantage of the fast commuter trains to the City and Gatwick airport, plus a significant proportion of retired people.

The village-like Selsdon - one of the few places in the seat where transport links are poor - has a place on the political map having spawned the phrase 'Selsdon Man', its swing and voters first seen as an ideal bellwether for the national swing by the Conservative Party; the Purley Way, which runs mainly through Waddon, has become home to large retail estates for out-of-town shopping and leisure, the latter area being the sole Labour ward in the constituency — one of its councillors, Andrew Pelling, the former Conservative MP for Croydon Central, having defected to the Labour Party.

At the southern end of the constituency, Coulsdon has much in common with the residual county of Surrey of which it was a more intrinsically associated part until 1965 as it was excluded from Croydon County Borough on the county borough's creation in 1889.

Boundaries[edit]

Dates Local authority/authorities wards
1974-1983 London Borough of Croydon Coulsdon East, Purley, Sanderstead and Selsdon, Sanderstead North, and Woodcote and Coulsdon West.
1983-1997 London Borough of Croydon Coulsdon East, Croham, Kenley, Purley, Sanderstead, Selsdon, and Woodcote and Coulsdon West.
1997-2010 London Borough of Croydon Coulsdon East, Croham, Kenley, Purley, Sanderstead, Selsdon, Waddon, and Woodcote and Coulsdon West.
2010–present London Borough of Croydon Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, Croham, Kenley, Purley, Sanderstead, Selsdon and Ballards, and Waddon.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
Feb 1974 Sir William Clark Conservative
1992 Sir Richard Ottaway Conservative
2015 Chris Philp Conservative

Election results[edit]

Elections in 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Croydon South[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Chris Philp 31,448 54.5 +3.6
Labour Emily Benn 14,308 24.8 +4.8
UKIP Kathleen Garner 6,068 10.5 +6.1
Liberal Democrat Gill Hickson 3,448 6.0 -16.9
Green Peter Underwood 2,154 3.7 +2.0
Putting Croydon First! Mark Samuel 221 0.4 N/A
Class War Jon Bigger[7] 65 0.1 N/A
Majority 17,410 29.7 +1.6
Turnout 57,712 70.4 +1.1
Conservative hold Swing -0.6%
General Election 2010: Croydon South[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Richard Ottaway 28,684 50.9 -1.1
Liberal Democrat Simon Rix 12,866 22.8 +2.4
Labour Jane Avis 11,287 20.0 -4.0
UKIP Jeffrey Bolter 2,504 4.4 +2.3
Green Gordon Ross 981 1.7 +1.7
Majority 15,818 28.1 +1.4
Turnout 56,322 69.3 +5.8
Conservative hold Swing +1.7

Elections in 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Croydon South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Richard Ottaway 25,320 51.8 +2.6
Labour Paul Smith 11,792 24.1 –5.8
Liberal Democrat Sandra Lawman 10,049 20.6 +2.3
UKIP James Feisenberger 1,054 2.2 0.0
Veritas Graham Dare 497 1.0 +1.0
The People's Choice! Mark Samuel 185 0.4 +0.4
Majority 13,528 27.7
Turnout 48,897 63.6 +2.2
Conservative hold Swing +4.2
General Election 2001: Croydon South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Richard Ottaway 22,169 49.2 +1.9
Labour Gerry Ryan 13,472 29.9 +4.6
Liberal Democrat Anna-Nicolett Gallop 8,226 18.3 –2.9
UKIP Kathleen Garner 998 2.2 +1.6
The People's Choice! Mark Samuel 195 0.4 N/A
Majority 8,697 19.3
Turnout 45,060 61.4 –12.0
Conservative hold Swing –1.3

Elections in 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Croydon South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Richard Ottaway 25,649 47.3
Labour Charlie Burling 13,719 25.3
Liberal Democrat Steven Gauge 11,441 21.1
Referendum Tony Barber 2,631 4.9
BNP Paul Ferguson 354 0.7
UK Independent A.G. Harker 309 0.6
The People's Choice! Mark Samuel 96 0.2
Majority 11,930 22
Turnout 54,199 73.5
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1992: Croydon South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Richard Ottaway 31,993 63.7
Liberal Democrat Peter Billenness 11,568 23.0
Labour Helen Salmon 6,444 12.8
The People's Choice! Mark Samuel 239 0.5
Majority 20,425 40.7
Turnout 50,244 77.6
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Croydon South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Clark 30,732 64.05 -
SDP–Liberal Alliance I Morrison 11,669 24.32
Labour G Davies 4,679 9.75
Green P Baldwin 900 1.88
Majority 19,063 39.73
Turnout 47,980 73.72
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Croydon South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sir William Clark 29,842[9] 65.14 -
SDP–Liberal Alliance J Forrest 12,402 27.07
Labour RCE Brooks 3,568 7.79
Majority 17,440 38.07
Turnout 46,702 71.05
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Croydon South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Clark 30,874 64.86 -
Liberal P Billenness 10,006 21.02
Labour JM Bloom 6,249 13.13
National Front R Dummer 469 0.99
Majority 20,868 43.84
Turnout 47,598 76.74
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Croydon South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Clark 25,703 57.86 -
Liberal D Nunneley 11,514 25.92
Labour DW Keene 7,203 16.22
Majority 14,189 31.94
Turnout 44,420 73.92
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Croydon South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Clark 28,915 59.1 N/A
Liberal J.P. Coleman 13,048 26.7 N/A
Labour H.E. Hodge 6,965 14.2 N/A
Majority 15,867 32.4 N/A
Turnout 48,928 82.3 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
References

Sources[edit]

Coordinates: 51°19′52″N 0°05′53″W / 51.331°N 0.098°W / 51.331; -0.098