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 Croydon North
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Malcolm Wicks Labour 26,610 63.5 +1.3
Simon Allison Conservative 9,752 23.3 -3.9
Sandra Lawman Liberal Democrat 4,375 10.4 +2.7
Alan Smith UK Independence 606 1.4 +0.6
Don Madgwick Socialist Alliance 539 1.3  
Majority 16,858 40.3
Turnout 41,882 54.7 -13.5
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.6% from Conservative to Labour

Description
In 1997 Malcolm Wicks, winning this seat for Labour, received over twice as many votes as his Conservative opponent, securing a majority of over 18,000 votes. He was the second Labour candidate to win a Croydon seat since 1918.

Labourís traditionally greatest strength lies in inner Croydon, in old terraces and newer council housing and in Thornton Heath, which resembles inner rather than outer London. Usual Conservative strength in this seat is further north, in suburban Norbury and the leafy slopes of Beulah Hill.

With an above-average number of owner-occupiers, and several areas of high multi-occupancy, the population is, in part, transitory. Over one third, and in some areas up to a half, of the population are from minority ethnic communities.

With five British Rail stations, the constituency has very good transport links to London and the south, and as a result many residents commute to work in central London.

The Liberals won Croydon North West in a by-election in 1981 at the height of the Liberal-SDP Alliance's fortunes, but were subsequently beaten in 1983 and Liberal Democrat support has been small ever since.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Croydon North
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Malcolm Wicks Labour 32,672 62.2
Ian Martin Conservative 14,274 27.2
Martin Morris Liberal Democrat 4,066 7.7
Roger Billis Referendum 1,155 2.2
J R Feisenberger UK Independence 396 0.8
Majority 18,398 35.0
Turnout 52,563 68.2
 
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