Croydon South (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Croydon South in Greater London.
|Electorate||82,010 (May 2015)|
|Member of parliament||Chris Philp (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|European Parliament constituency||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 thus succeeded by Chris Philp in May 2015 .
Croydon South is one of the safest Conservative seats in Greater London, consisting almost entirely of highly affluent suburban areas with 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 neighbouring constituency of Croydon Central is far more marginal, alternating between Labour and Tory representation since 1997; the borough's other seat, Croydon North, is now looked on as safely Labour.
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.
1974-1983: The London Borough of Croydon wards of Coulsdon East, Purley, Sanderstead and Selsdon, Sanderstead North, and Woodcote and Coulsdon West.
1983-1997: The London Borough of Croydon wards of Coulsdon East, Croham, Kenley, Purley, Sanderstead, Selsdon, and Woodcote and Coulsdon West.
1997-2010: The London Borough of Croydon wards of Coulsdon East, Croham, Kenley, Purley, Sanderstead, Selsdon, Waddon, and Woodcote and Coulsdon West.
2010-present: The London Borough of Croydon wards of Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, Croham, Kenley, Purley, Sanderstead, Selsdon and Ballards, and Waddon.
Members of Parliament
|February 1974||Sir William Clark||Conservative|
|1992||Sir Richard Ottaway||Conservative|
Elections in 2010s
|General Election 2015: Croydon South|
|Liberal Democrat||Gill Hickson||3,448||6.0||-16.9|
|Putting Croydon First!||Mark Samuel||221||0.4||N/A|
|Class War||Jon Bigger||65||0.1||N/A|
|General Election 2010: Croydon South |
|Liberal Democrat||Simon Rix||12,866||22.8||+2.4|
Elections in 2000s
|General Election 2005: Croydon South|
|Liberal Democrat||Sandra Lawman||10,049||20.6||+2.3|
|The People's Choice!||Mark Samuel||185||0.4||+0.4|
|General Election 2001: Croydon South|
|Liberal Democrat||Anna-Nicolett Gallop||8,226||18.3||–2.9|
|The People's Choice!||Mark Samuel||195||0.4||N/A|
Elections in 1990s
|General Election 1997: Croydon South|
|Liberal Democrat||Steven Gauge||11,441||21.1|
|Referendum Party||A Barber||2,631||4.9|
|UK Independent||A Harker||309||0.6|
|The People's Choice!||Mark Samuel||96||0.2|
|General Election 1992: Croydon South|
|Liberal Democrat||Peter Billenness||11,568||23.0|
|The People's Choice!||Mark Samuel||239||0.5|
Elections in 1980s
|General Election 1987: Croydon South|
|Conservative||Sir William Clark||30,732||64.05||-|
|SDP–Liberal Alliance||I Morrison||11,669||24.32|
|General Election 1983: Croydon South|
|Conservative||Sir William Clark||29,842||65.14||-|
|SDP–Liberal Alliance||J Forrest||12,402||27.07|
Elections in 1970s
|General Election 1979: Croydon South|
|National Front||R Dummer||469||0.99|
|General Election October 1974: Croydon South|
|General Election February 1974: Croydon South|
|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.
- Croydon South UK Polling Report
- "UK General Election results June 1983:Croydon South". politicalresources.net. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 6)[self-published source][better source needed]
- Statement of Persons Nominated[dead link] London Borough of Croydon