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 South

Parliamentary constituency

CON HOLD

Results

  1. Conservative
    Chris Philp
    • Votes: 30,985
    • Vote share %: 52.2
    • Vote share change: -2.2
  2. Labour
    Olga Fitzroy
    • Votes: 18,646
    • Vote share %: 31.4
    • Vote share change: -4.4
  3. Liberal Democrat
    Anna Jones
    • Votes: 7,503
    • Vote share %: 12.6
    • Vote share change: +6.9
  4. Green
    Peter Underwood
    • Votes: 1,782
    • Vote share %: 3.0
    • Vote share change: +1.2
  5. UKIP
    Kathleen Garner
    • Votes: 442
    • Vote share %: 0.7
    • Vote share change: -1.1

Change compared with 2017

Turnout

  • CON majority: 12,339
  • Registered voters: 83,982
  • % share:
    70.7%
  • Change since 2017: -2.7

Vote share

Party % share
Conservative 52.2%
Labour 31.4%
Liberal Democrat 12.6%
Green 3.0%
UKIP 0.7%

Vote share change since 2017

  • Liberal Democrat +6.9 Gained
  • Green +1.2 Gained
  • UKIP -1.1 Lost
  • Conservative -2.2 Lost
  • Labour -4.4 Lost

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Croydon South: Conservative hold

Chris Philp has been re-elected as the MP for Croydon South, with an increased majority.

The Conservative candidate beat Labour's Olga Fitzroy by 12,339 votes, 933 more votes than the majority at the 2017 election.

Anna Jones of the Liberal Democrats came third and the Green Party's Peter Underwood came fourth.

Voter turnout was down by 2.7 percentage points since the last general election.

More than 59,000 people, 70.7% 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, Peter Underwood (Green) and Kathleen Garner (UKIP) 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

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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.

Who is standing in Croydon South?

Croyon South
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These are the candidates standing for election in Croydon South.

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

Westfield comes to Croydon

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A new £1.4bn shopping centre has been in the pipeline for Croydon for nearly a decade.

Westfield proposed a new flagship store in 2012, forming a partnership with developers Hammerson the following year.

The scheme was approved by Croydon Council in November 2017, but due to the size of the scheme it had to be scrutinised by the Mayor of London.

Sadiq Khan rubber-stamped the project approved by the Mayor of London in January 2018.

Mr Khan said the mall - a joint venture by Westfield and Hammerson - will "unlock Croydon's potential".

The south London shopping centre will replace the existing Whitgift Centre and create 7,000 jobs.

Work to demolish the existing Whitgift Centre will begin later this year, with Westfield Croydon aiming to be open by 2022.

Croydon: The Bellwether borough

Croydon town centre
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Croydon was once London's bellwether seat.

Between 1979 and 2005 the party that won Croydon Central won the general election.

Since then politics has become more complicated, with coalitions and hung parliaments.

But the borough of Croydon remains resolutely middle of the road. The borough tends to be fairly close to the London average for unemployment, child poverty and education indicators.

As a whole Croydon voted 54.3% in favour of Remain in the EU Referendum.

But pick beneath the surface and it's more complicated. One of the three parliamentary constituencies, Croydon Central, voted to leave - if only by the finest of margins

And one ward, Ashburton, split 50-50 exactly, with both Leave and Remain getting 3,885 votes.