Croydon South (UK Parliament constituency)

Croydon South (UK Parliament constituency)
Croydon South
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Croydon South in Greater London.
County Greater London
Electorate 81,554 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1974 (1974)
Member of Parliament Richard Ottaway (Conservative)
Number of members One
European Parliament constituency London

Croydon South is a parliamentary constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. The current MP is Conservative Richard Ottaway, who in 1992 replaced Sir William Clark, who had held the seat from its creation in 1974.


Constituency Profile

By far the safest of the three Croydon seats, 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 rail connections to the City and Gatwick airport, plus a significant proportion of retirees.

The village-like Selsdon - one of the few places in the seat where transport links are actually poor - has a place on the political map having spawned the phrase 'Selsdon Man', while Purley has become home to large retail estates for out-of-town shopping and leisure.

At the southern end of the seat, Coulsdon has much in common with the county of Surrey of which it was historically a part.


Until 1974, most of the area was in the East Surrey constituency, with a constituency also called Croydon South covering the completely distinct area now occupied by Croydon Central constituency.


The new wards of the Croydon South Constituency

Croydon South covers the south west of the London Borough of Croydon. It is made up of eight electoral wards from the borough:

  • Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, Croham, Kenley, Purley, Sanderstead, Selsdon and Ballards, Waddon

Boundary review

Following their review of parliamentary representation in South London, the Boundary Commission for England made minor changes to the constituency. Parts of Croham ward, Selsdon and Ballards ward, and Waddon ward were transferred to Croydon South from Croydon Central constituency.

Members of Parliament

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

Election results

Elections in 2010s

General Election 2010: Croydon South
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
Turnout 56,322 69.3 +5.8
Conservative hold Swing +1.7

Elections in 2000s

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! Exclusively For All Mark Samuel 185 0.4 +0.4
Majority 13,528 27.7
Turnout 48,897 63.6 +2.2
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
People's Choice Mark Samuel 195 0.4 N/A
Majority 8,697 19.3
Turnout 45,060 61.4 –12.0
Conservative hold Swing –1.3

See also


  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Croydon South UK Polling Report


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

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