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Croydon North
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Although Croydon, in outer south London, used to be thought of as one of the more Conservative boroughs as well as the biggest, with its major "downtown" office centre and tower blocks reminiscent of an American city betokening a prosperity verging on a boom. But there is another side to Croydon too. In the north, towards London, elements of the inner city are influential, with terraced housing and a non-white resident percentage of over 30pc. Labour wins wards like Thornton Heath, Bensham Manor, and Broad Green easily and are competitive with the Tories in Norbury and the Norwood wards. Malcolm Wicks benefited from a swing of nearly 18pc in 1997 and won with a thumping majority of over 18,000.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Malcolm Wicks, an Education minister since 1999, is a former family policy specialist who delayed his arrival in government by saying for too long that benefits were a right of citizenship and not solely for the poor. Popular with women for his strong defence of the Child Support Agency, but not with the Serbs whose every action in the Balkans he has excoriated, he was born 1947, educated at Elizabeth College, Guernsey (fee paying), North West London Polytechnic, LSE and York University. After academic posts he ran the Family Policy Studies Centre for nine years. As an Education minister he sardonically accepts, in his party’s populist way, that apprenticeship courses for 16 year olds may not lead straight to the Cambridge Footlights.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 3.77% 14.99% 25.15
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.50% 2.49% 20.24
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.00% 4.43% 0.00
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 0.20% 7.27% 2.74
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 4.44% 2.56% 173.29
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 10.13% 2.04% 496.32
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 6.62% 3.94% 167.89
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 2.46% 13.04% 18.84
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 2.62% 12.70% 20.63
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 0.10% 8.14% 1.22
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 57.98% 4.02% 1,441.63
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.08% 3.19% 2.37
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 4.09% 11.31% 36.17
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 4.93% 3.06% 160.85
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.32% 2.52% 12.78
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 1.76% 2.10% 83.97
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 7.01% 9.41% 74.44
£5-10K 13.35% 16.63% 80.26
£10-15K 14.78% 16.58% 89.17
£15-20K 13.28% 13.58% 97.75
£20-25K 10.94% 10.39% 105.23
£25-30K 8.67% 7.77% 111.51
£30-35K 6.76% 5.79% 116.70
£35-40K 5.24% 4.33% 120.97
£40-45K 4.06% 3.27% 124.47
£45-50K 3.16% 2.48% 127.34
£50-55K 2.47% 1.90% 129.70
£55-60K 1.94% 1.47% 131.65
£60-65K 1.53% 1.15% 133.26
£65-70K 1.22% 0.91% 134.59
£70-75K 0.98% 0.72% 135.70
£75-80K 0.79% 0.57% 136.63
£80-85K 0.64% 0.46% 137.40
£85-90K 0.52% 0.37% 138.05
£90-95K 0.42% 0.31% 138.58
£95-100K 0.35% 0.25% 139.03
£100K + 1.88% 1.34% 140.02

Local Map of the constituency
Croydon North - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Croydon North - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (17.76%)
Conservative (- 17.54%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.16%)
Labour (1.38%) Liberal Democrat (2.71%)
Conservative (-  3.87%)
Con - 17.54%
Lab 17.76%
LD - 3.16%
Con - 3.87%
Lab 1.38%
LD 2.71%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Malcolm Wicks
Labour hold
Con Conservative (23.28%) 9,752 23.28%
Lab Labour (63.54%) 26,610 63.54%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.45%) 4,375 10.45%
Oth Other (2.73%) 1,145 2.73%
Maj Majority (40.25%) 16,858 40.25%
Turn Turnout (54.68%) 41,882 54.68%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Malcolm Wicks
Labour hold
C Simon Allison 9,752 23.28%
LD Sandra Lawman 4,375 10.45%
SA Don Madgwick 539 1.29%
UK Alan Smith 606 1.45%
L Malcolm Wicks 26,610 63.54%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Malcolm Wicks
Labour gain
Con Conservative (27.16%) 14,274 27.16%
Lab Labour (62.16%) 32,672 62.16%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.74%) 4,066 7.74%
Ref Referendum (2.20%) 1,155 2.20%
Oth Other (0.75%) 396 0.75%
Maj Majority (35.00%) 18,398 35.00%
Turn Turnout (68.21%) 52,563 68.21%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (44.70%) 25,865 44.70%
Lab Labour (44.40%) 25,705 44.40%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.90%) 6,340 10.90%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (0.30%) 160 0.30%
Turn Turnout (72.32%) 57,910 72.32%

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