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Croydon Central
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The Conservatives' seventh best chance of a gain in the critical Greater London region, Croydon Central's fall would betoken a Labour overall majority of under 100. The Conservatives did regain an 8pc lead in the wards which make up this seat in the borough elections of 1998, winning strongly in Monks Orchard, Spring Park and Fairfield and also taking a couple of marginal wards, and they stretched this lead to 11pc in the Euro elections the next year, 1999. Yet they would be expected to do better in midterm elections than in a General; the vast majority of historical evidence suggests so. That it is likely to be a very closely fought contest is further evidence that Mr Blair can expect a comfortable overall majority and a second full term in government.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Geraint Davies, son of a Welsh Office civil servant, born 1960, educated at Llanishen Comprehensive School, Cardiff and Jesus College Oxford, won the seat in 1997, after running Croydon Council for a year, and his own ‘green’ travel company. He is an orthodox loyalist defender of the government’s economic policy, with an earlier private sector background as a marketing manager with Colgate Palmolive and Unilever. David Congdon, who lost here in 1997, stands again for the Conservatives. A former computer systems analyst with Philips Electronics and, since losing his seat, PR man for Mencap, he is an unobtrusive suburban loyaliSt He was born in 1949, educated at Alleyns School, Dulwich and Thames Polytechnic, and was a Croydon councillor for 16 years.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 13.24% 14.99% 88.33
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.66% 2.49% 26.44
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.06% 4.43% 24.01
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 2.34% 7.27% 32.22
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 6.77% 2.56% 264.01
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 9.76% 2.04% 478.42
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 7.06% 3.94% 179.02
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 8.38% 13.04% 64.26
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 15.13% 12.70% 119.11
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 4.23% 8.14% 51.94
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 10.13% 4.02% 251.80
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.19% 3.19% 37.26
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 10.05% 11.31% 88.82
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 3.09% 3.06% 100.85
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 5.70% 2.52% 226.22
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 1.18% 2.10% 56.36
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.03% 0.06% 47.19
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 6.41% 9.41% 68.09
£5-10K 12.41% 16.63% 74.61
£10-15K 13.94% 16.58% 84.07
£15-20K 12.79% 13.58% 94.13
£20-25K 10.79% 10.39% 103.81
£25-30K 8.76% 7.77% 112.72
£30-35K 6.99% 5.79% 120.71
£35-40K 5.54% 4.33% 127.76
£40-45K 4.37% 3.27% 133.91
£45-50K 3.46% 2.48% 139.23
£50-55K 2.74% 1.90% 143.81
£55-60K 2.18% 1.47% 147.71
£60-65K 1.74% 1.15% 151.02
£65-70K 1.39% 0.91% 153.82
£70-75K 1.12% 0.72% 156.17
£75-80K 0.91% 0.57% 158.12
£80-85K 0.74% 0.46% 159.73
£85-90K 0.60% 0.37% 161.04
£90-95K 0.49% 0.31% 162.09
£95-100K 0.41% 0.25% 162.91
£100K + 2.19% 1.34% 162.81

Local Map of the constituency
Croydon Central - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Croydon Central - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (14.08%)
Conservative (- 16.91%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.14%)
Labour (1.62%) Liberal Democrat (0.38%)
Conservative (-  0.09%)
Con - 16.91%
Lab 14.08%
LD - 2.14%
Con - 0.09%
Lab 1.62%
LD 0.38%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Geraint Davies
Labour hold
Con Conservative (38.51%) 17,659 38.51%
Lab Labour (47.19%) 21,643 47.19%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.24%) 5,156 11.24%
Oth Other (3.06%) 1,402 3.06%
Maj Majority (8.69%) 3,984 8.69%
Turn Turnout (59.12%) 45,860 59.12%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Geraint Davies
Labour hold
LD Paul Booth 5,156 11.24%
ML John Cartwright 408 0.89%
C David Congdon 17,659 38.51%
L Geraint Davies 21,643 47.19%
UK James Feisenberger 545 1.19%
BNP Lynda Miller 449 0.98%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Geraint Davies
Labour gain
Con Conservative (38.59%) 21,535 38.59%
Lab Labour (45.58%) 25,432 45.58%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.86%) 6,061 10.86%
Ref Referendum (3.38%) 1,886 3.38%
Oth Other (1.59%) 885 1.59%
Maj Majority (6.98%) 3,897 6.98%
Turn Turnout (69.62%) 55,799 69.62%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (55.50%) 33,940 55.50%
Lab Labour (31.50%) 19,279 31.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.00%) 7,934 13.00%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (24.00%) 14,661 24.00%
Turn Turnout (74.80%) 61,153 74.80%

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