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 Croydon South
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Richard Ottaway Conservative 22,169 49.2 +1.9
Gerry Ryan Labour 13,472 29.9 +4.6
Anne Gallop Liberal Democrat 8,226 18.3 -2.8
Kathleen Garner UK Independence 998 2.2 +1.6
Mark Samuel Independent 195 0.4  
Majority 8,697 19.3
Turnout 45,060 61.4 -12.1
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 1.3% from Conservative to Labour

Description
One of three seats that lies within Croydon Borough Council, the most populous borough in London, and the only one to vote Conservative in 1997.

This is one of the most middle class seats in the country and has much more in common with the adjacent Surrey seats than with other London seats; over three-quarters of its residents are in non-manual jobs. Owner occupation is high here, and stands at 82%.

The seat includes the Selsdon Park Hotel, where Edward Heath held the conference that defined a turning point in Conservative economic policy, and coined the phrase ‘Selsdon man’.

Conservative parliamentary success here has been mirrored in local elections. Of the 18 councillors that fall within the seat, all but two are Conservative, with one Labour councillor in Waddon ward, and a Lib Dem councillor in Coulsdon East.

The borough's main employment sectors are in financial and business services, public administration, retail and distribution, transport and communications, manufacturing and construction. Many national and international companies have based their headquarters in the area.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Croydon South
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Richard Ottaway Conservative 25,649 47.3
Charlie Burling Labour 13,719 25.3
Steven Gauge Liberal Democrat 11,441 21.1
Tony Barber Referendum 2,631 4.9
Paul Ferguson BNP 354 0.7
A G Harker UK Independence 309 0.6
Mark Samuel Independent 96 0.2
Majority 11,930 22.0
Turnout 54,199 73.5
 
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