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Croydon South

2010 Results:
Conservative: 28684 (50.93%)
Labour: 11287 (20.04%)
Liberal Democrat: 12866 (22.84%)
UKIP: 2504 (4.45%)
Green: 981 (1.74%)
Majority: 15818 (28.09%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Conservative: 26617 (51.9%)
Labour: 12374 (24.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 10415 (20.3%)
Other: 1853 (3.6%)
Majority: 14243 (27.8%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 25320 (51.8%)
Labour: 11792 (24.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 10049 (20.6%)
UKIP: 1054 (2.2%)
Other: 682 (1.4%)
Majority: 13528 (27.7%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 22169 (49.2%)
Labour: 13472 (29.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 8226 (18.3%)
UKIP: 998 (2.2%)
Other: 195 (0.4%)
Majority: 8697 (19.3%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 25649 (47.3%)
Labour: 13719 (25.3%)
Liberal Democrat: 11441 (21.1%)
Referendum: 2631 (4.9%)
Other: 759 (1.4%)
Majority: 11930 (22%)

Boundary changes: Gains part of Selsdon & Ballards, part of Croham and a small part of Waddon.

Profile: A seat in the far south of London that has more in common with residential Surrey than the inner city. Apart from Waddon in the north of the seat, which contains a large council estate and tower blocks and sometimes returns Labour councillors, this seat consists of affluent, leafy dormitory suburbs for Croydon and London, places like Coulson, Purley, Sanderstead and Selsdon (the site of the 1969 meeting that set free-market policies for the Conservative party and lead to the phrase “Selsdon man” and the later founding of the Selsdon Group).

This is a safe Conservative seat, held by the Tories since its creation in 1974 (the previous Croydon South seat, once held by Labour`s David Winnick, is a different seat that corresponds to what is now Croydon Central).

portraitCurrent MP: Richard Ottaway(Conservative) born 1945, Bristol. Educated at Backwell School and Bristol University. Former Royal Naval Officer and solicitor. MP for Nottingham North 1983-1987. First elected as MP for Croydon South in 1992 (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitRichard Ottaway(Conservative) born 1945, Bristol. Educated at Backwell School and Bristol University. Former Royal Naval Officer and solicitor. MP for Nottingham North 1983-1987. First elected as MP for Croydon South in 1992 (more information at They work for you)
portraitJane Avis (Labour)
portraitSimon Rix (Liberal Democrat) Book publisher
portraitGordon Ross (Green) Born Luton, 1965. Educated at St Georges School, Harpenden and Dundee University. Transport surveyor.
portraitJeffrey Bolter (UKIP)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 103848
Male: 48.5%
Female: 51.5%
Under 18: 23%
Over 60: 19.9%
Born outside UK: 14.2%
White: 84.9%
Black: 4.4%
Asian: 6.4%
Mixed: 2.7%
Other: 1.6%
Christian: 70.8%
Hindu: 3.1%
Muslim: 2.6%
Full time students: 3%
Graduates 16-74: 25.5%
No Qualifications 16-74: 19.3%
Owner-Occupied: 79.5%
Social Housing: 9.9% (Council: 6.4%, Housing Ass.: 3.4%)
Privately Rented: 8.7%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 5.7%

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