Croydon South (UK Parliament constituency)

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Croydon South
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Croydon South in Greater London.
CountyGreater London
Electorate82,010 (May 2015)[1]
Current constituency
Created1974 (1974)
Member of parliamentChris Philp (Conservative)
Number of membersOne
Created fromEast Surrey
Overlaps
European Parliament constituencyLondon

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][1] 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.[3] At the 2015 general election, it was one of the Conservative's safest seats in Greater London.[4]

Constituency profile[edit]

Croydon South consists overwhelmingly of affluent suburbia, including a significant minority[quantify] of large houses with gardens on the North Downs escarpment. It has many[quantify] well-to-do[clarification needed] businesspeople taking advantage of the fast commuter trains to the City and Gatwick Airport, plus a significant proportion[quantify] 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',[citation needed] 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, Woodcote and Coulsdon West
1983-1997 London Borough of Croydon Coulsdon East, Croham, Kenley, Purley, Sanderstead, Selsdon, Woodcote and Coulsdon West
1997-2010 London Borough of Croydon Coulsdon East, Croham, Kenley, Purley, Sanderstead, Selsdon, Waddon, Woodcote and Coulsdon West
2010–present London Borough of Croydon Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, Croham, Kenley, Purley, Sanderstead, Selsdon and Ballards, Waddon

Members of Parliament[edit]

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

Election results[edit]

Elections in 2010s[edit]

General Election 2017: Croydon South[5][6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Chris Philp 33,334 54.4 -0.1
Labour Jennifer Brathwaite 21,928 35.8 +11.0
Liberal Democrat Anna Jones 3,541 5.8 -0.2
Green Catherine Shelley 1,125 1.8 -1.9
UKIP Kathleen Garner 1,116 1.8 -8.7
Christian Peoples David Omamogho 213 0.3 +0.3
Majority 11,406 18.6 -11.1
Turnout 61,247 73.3 +2.9
Registered electors 83,518
Conservative hold Swing -5.6
General Election 2015: Croydon South[8][1]
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[9] 65 0.1 N/A
Majority 17,410 29.7 +1.6
Turnout 57,712 70.4 +1.1
Registered electors 82,010
Conservative hold Swing -0.6
General Election 2010: Croydon South[10]
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
Registered electors 81,303
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 0.0
Majority 13,528 27.7 +8.4
Turnout 48,897 63.6 +2.2
Registered electors 75,812
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 +0.2
Majority 8,697 19.3 -2.7
Turnout 45,060 61.4 –12.0
Registered electors 73,372
Conservative hold Swing –1.3

Elections in 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Croydon South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Richard Ottaway 25,649 47.3 -14.3
Labour Charlie Burling 13,719 25.3 +9.0
Liberal Democrat Steven Gauge 11,441 21.1 -0.5
Referendum Tony Barber 2,631 4.9 N/A
BNP Paul Ferguson 354 0.7 N/A
UK Independent A.G. Harker 309 0.6 N/A
The People's Choice! Mark Samuel 96 0.2 -0.3
Majority 11,930 22.0 -18.7
Turnout 54,199 73.5 -4.1
Registered electors 73,787
Conservative hold Swing -11.70
General Election 1992: Croydon South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Richard Ottaway 31,993 63.7 -0.35
Liberal Democrat Peter Billenness 11,568 23.0 -1.32
Labour Helen Salmon 6,444 12.8 +3.05
The People's Choice! Mark Samuel 239 0.5 N/A
Majority 20,425 40.7 +0.97
Turnout 50,244 77.6 +3.88
Registered electors 64,768
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Croydon South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Clark 30,732 64.05 -1.09
SDP–Liberal Alliance George Morrison 11,669 24.32 -2.75
Labour Geraint Davies 4,679 9.75 +1.96
Green Paul Baldwin 900 1.88 N/A
Majority 19,063 39.73 +1.66
Turnout 47,980 73.72 +2.67
Registered electors 65,085
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Croydon South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Clark 29,842[11] 65.14 +0.28
SDP–Liberal Alliance J Forrest 12,402 27.07 +6.05
Labour RCE Brooks 3,568 7.79 -5.34
Majority 17,440 38.07 -5.77
Turnout 46,702 71.05 -5.69
Registered electors 64,482
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Croydon South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Clark 30,874 64.86 +7.00
Liberal Peter Billenness 10,006 21.02 -4.90
Labour JM Bloom 6,249 13.13 -3.09
National Front R Dummer 469 0.99 N/A
Majority 20,868 43.84 +11.90
Turnout 47,598 76.74 +2.82
Registered electors 62,022
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Croydon South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Clark 25,703 57.86 -1.24
Liberal D Nunneley 11,514 25.92 -1.78
Labour DW Keene 7,203 16.22 +2.02
Majority 14,189 31.94 -0.46
Turnout 44,420 73.92 -8.38
Registered electors 60,090
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 Henry Hodge 6,965 14.2 N/A
Majority 15,867 32.4 N/A
Turnout 48,928 82.3 N/A
Registered electors 59,447
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

  1. ^ a b c "DECLARATION OF RESULT OF POLL" (PDF). 2011 Electorate Figures. London Borough of Croydon. 7 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Conservative MP Richard Ottaway to step down at election". BBC News. 27 October 2012.
  3. ^ Conservative Members of Parliament 2015 UK Political.info; Retrieved 29 January 2017
  4. ^ "Election 2015: Croydon South". BBC News. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  5. ^ STATEMENT OF PERSONS NOMINATED AND NOTICE OF POLL Croydon Council, 11 May 2017
  6. ^ "Croydon South parliamentary constituency". BBC News.
  7. ^ http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-7979/CBP-7979.pdf
  8. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Jon Bigger – Croydon South". Class War.
  10. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  11. ^ "UK General Election results June 1983:Croydon South". PoliticalResources.net. Retrieved 30 May 2015.

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