UK results: Conservatives win majority

After 650 of 650 seats declared
UK results
Party Conservative Labour Scottish National Party Liberal Democrat Democratic Unionist Party Others
Seats 365 203 48 11 8 15
Change +47 -59 +13 -1 -2 +2

Croydon Central

Parliamentary constituency

LAB HOLD

Results

  1. Labour
    Sarah Jones
    • Votes: 27,124
    • Vote share %: 50.2
    • Vote share change: -2.1
  2. Conservative
    Mario Creatura
    • Votes: 21,175
    • Vote share %: 39.2
    • Vote share change: -3.2
  3. Liberal Democrat
    Simon Sprague
    • Votes: 3,532
    • Vote share %: 6.5
    • Vote share change: +4.6
  4. Green
    Esther Sutton
    • Votes: 1,215
    • Vote share %: 2.2
    • Vote share change: +1.2
  5. The Brexit Party
    Peter Sonnex
    • Votes: 999
    • Vote share %: 1.8
    • Vote share change: +1.8

Change compared with 2017

Turnout

  • LAB majority: 5,949
  • Registered voters: 81,407
  • % share:
    66.4%
  • Change since 2017: -4.9

Vote share

Party % share
Labour 50.2%
Conservative 39.2%
Liberal Democrat 6.5%
Green 2.2%
The Brexit Party 1.8%

Vote share change since 2017

  • Liberal Democrat +4.6 Gained
  • The Brexit Party +1.8 Gained
  • Green +1.2 Gained
  • Labour -2.1 Lost
  • Conservative -3.2 Lost

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Croydon Central: Labour hold

Sarah Jones has been re-elected as the MP for Croydon Central, with an increased majority.

The Labour candidate beat Conservative Mario Creatura by 5,949 votes, 297 more votes than the majority at the 2017 election.

Simon Sprague of the Liberal Democrats came third and the Green Party's Esther Sutton came fourth.

Voter turnout was down by 4.9 percentage points since the last general election.

More than 54,000 people, roughly two-thirds of those eligible to vote, went to polling stations across the area on Thursday, in the first December general election since 1923.

Two of the five candidates, Esther Sutton (Green) and Peter Sonnex (The Brexit Party) lost their £500 deposits after failing to win 5% of the vote.

This story was created using some automation.

Campaign for Croydon City

Stormzy
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Stormzy hails from Croydon

For over half a century the outer London borough has been trying to secure city status.

Greater London, not officially a city, contains two official cities within it already - London and Westminster.

Croydon has been knocked back by the Home Office four times, in 1954, and then again in 2000, 2002 and 2012.

With an estimated 383,000 residents Croydon has a larger population than Newcastle or Wolverhampton, and is the largest London borough by population.

Croydon already acts like a city. Home to the BRIT School it has also produced Stormzy, Kate Moss, Bill Nighy and Wilfred Zaha.

London's only tram network runs right through it, taking nearly 30m passengers a year.

The arrival of Westfield and the Boxpark even show evidence of increasing gentrification.

How much longer before Croydon becomes a city in its own right?

Croydon is London's second most violent borough

Man holding a knife
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Croydon is London's second most violent borough according to latest Metropolitan Police figures.

In the last 12 months there were 3,480 recorded incidents of violent crimes resulting in an injury.

Only Lambeth, which shares a border with Croydon, saw more violence this year.

Last year Croydon saw five murders, an average amount in a city which saw 136 across the whole of London.

Recorded knife crime also appears to be dropping. Last year there were 504 knife related crimes recorded in Croydon, a 17% drop compared to the year before.

Croydon's gun crime has dropped by a quarter in the last year, with recording 101 gun crimes between November 2018 and October 2019 - the latest figures available. The 12 months before this saw 136 gun crimes recorded in Croydon.

'Like an unruly child'

William Stowe, 28
BBC

William Stowe, 28,from Hackney, says he will vote for Labour because he always has.

He is in favour of a second referendum but thinks that if the outcome is "remain", the UK will look like an "unruly child" to the rest of the world.

"I think it's going to be funny teaching Brexit at school. It's taken so long to get here, people didn't really know what it would mean and the whole thing has just been a bit ridiculous."

Croydon: Young, diverse and active

Sam Francis

BBC News, London

Croydon town centre
BBC

Croydon is the sort of place you can see yourself raising a family.

Or at least that's what the data shows. A quarter of the population is under 18, far higher than the national average.

All age groups between 30 and 60-years-old are over represented, compared to the UK average.

This may be explained by low house prices for London at £367,000 on average, which is still far above the UK average.

It's also diverse. Over 39% of the population is black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) - well above the average for London. Latest estimates put the white population in Croydon North as low as 35%.

Official figures show there are 15,000 business registered in Croydon, on par with the UK average for its population.

Who is standing in Croydon Central?

Croydon Central
BBC

These are the candidates standing for election in Croydon Central.

You can see how the constituency voted in previous elections here.

'The Conservative Party deserve to struggle'

"The Conservative Party deserve to struggle" in Croydon Central, according to the Brexit Party candidate Peter Sonnex.

"They appear to have this arrogance that they feel they own tens of thousands of votes in this area, and to be quite honest with you they don't," Mr Sonnex told BBC Radio London political reporter Susana Mendonca.

The Brexit Party have decided to run in the seat, a traditional Labour-Conservative marginal, to "stand up for democracy" Mr Sonnex said.

"We had a referendum in 2016 and I'm standing up for that.

"The Conservative Party doesn't own Brexit and they've failed to deliver on it."