Croydon South (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
|Electorate||82,010 (May 2015)|
|Major settlements||Coulsdon and Purley|
|Member of Parliament||Chris Philp (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||East Surrey|
In 1974, the original Croydon South constituency created in 1918 was renamed Croydon Central and the current Croydon South was created from the northwestern part of East Surrey, covering Purley and Coulsdon, which had become parts of Greater London in 1965.
Since its creation, the constituency has been represented by three Conservative MPs. Sir William Clark, who had represented East Surrey since 1970, won the new seat in February 1974, and held it until his retirement in 1992. His successor, Richard Ottaway, then held the seat until 2015, when he stood down and was succeeded by Chris Philp. 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. At the 2015 general election, it was one of the Conservatives' safest seats in Greater London.
Croydon South consists 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. Waddon is the sole Labour ward in the constituency – one of its councillors, Andrew Pelling, the former Conservative MP for Croydon Central, 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.
|1974–1983||London Borough of Croydon||Coulsdon East, Purley, Sanderstead and Selsdon, Sanderstead North, Woodcote and Coulsdon West|
|1983–1997||Coulsdon East, Croham, Kenley, Purley, Sanderstead, Selsdon, Woodcote and Coulsdon West|
|1997–2010||Coulsdon East, Croham, Kenley, Purley, Sanderstead, Selsdon, Waddon, Woodcote and Coulsdon West|
|2010–present||Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, Croham, Kenley, Purley, Sanderstead, Selsdon and Ballards, Waddon|
Members of Parliament
|February 1974||Sir William Clark||Conservative|
|1992||Sir Richard Ottaway||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Anna Jones||7,503||12.6||+6.8|
|Liberal Democrats||Anna Jones||3,541||5.8||-0.2|
|Liberal Democrats||Gill Hickson||3,448||6.0||-16.8|
|Putting Croydon First!||Mark Samuel||221||0.4||New|
|Class War||Jon Bigger||65||0.1||New|
|Liberal Democrats||Simon Rix||12,866||22.8||+2.4|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Sandra Lawman||10,049||20.6||+2.3|
|The People's Choice!||Mark Samuel||185||0.4||0.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Anna-Nicolett Gallop||8,226||18.3||–2.8|
|The People's Choice!||Mark Samuel||195||0.4||+0.2|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Steven Gauge||11,441||21.1||-0.5|
|UK Independent||A.G. Harker||309||0.6||New|
|The People's Choice!||Mark Samuel||96||0.2||-0.3|
|Liberal Democrats||Peter Billenness||11,568||23.00||-1.32|
|The People's Choice!||Mark Samuel||239||0.50||New|
Elections in the 1980s
Elections in the 1970s
|National Front||R Dummer||469||0.99||New|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "DECLARATION OF RESULT OF POLL" (PDF). 2011 Electorate Figures. London Borough of Croydon. 7 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
- "Conservative MP Richard Ottaway to step down at election". BBC News. 27 October 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
- Conservative Members of Parliament 2015 UK Political.info; Retrieved 29 January 2017
- "Election 2015: Croydon South". BBC News. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
- STATEMENT OF PERSONS NOMINATED AND NOTICE OF POLL Croydon Council, 11 May 2017
- "Croydon South parliamentary constituency". BBC News.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Jon Bigger – Croydon South". Class War.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "UK General Election results June 1983:Croydon South". PoliticalResources.net. Archived from the original on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
- Politics Resources (Election results from 1922 onwards)
- Electoral Calculus (Election results from 1955 onwards)