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Croydon South
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The Tories' second safest seat in the whole of Greater London is on its very fringes, and looks and behaves much more like Surrey, which it borders, a county which entirely resisted the New Labour landslide in 1997. With over three quarters of its workers in non-manual jobs, this is the tenth most middle class seat in Britain. Here are to be found the classic suburbs of Purley, Coulsdon, Sanderstead and Selsdon, the site of a conference which brought about the temporary shift to the right in the economic policy of the Heath government which led to the coining of the phrase "Selsdon Man", which itself sounds prehistoric now. We may come to a situation in which a Conservative government of any hue requires the achievement of a feat of memory, but if so, Croydon South will still be loyally Tory.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Richard Ottaway, a slight, compact and puckish solicitor and former oil trader, was elected here in 1992, after 4 years at Nottingham North from 1983 to 1987. A Treasury spokesman (as Shadow Paymaster General) and a frontbencher since 1995, he was PPS to Michael Heseltine and voted for Ken Clarke in 1997, credentials unlikely to endear him to most of his current colleagues. Born 1945, son of a Bristol academic, after serving in the Navy for 9 years he studied law at Bristol University. He led for the Tories on London government after 1997, accepting a Mayor but not an Assembly. He campaigns on abortion and world population control. He is quiet on Europe because he comes from the Positive Europe Group.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 46.19% 14.99% 308.09
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.12% 2.49% 44.99
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.66% 4.43% 14.89
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 6.12% 7.27% 84.13
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 7.00% 2.56% 272.94
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 8.16% 2.04% 399.56
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 1.33% 3.94% 33.73
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 10.75% 13.04% 82.44
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 7.78% 12.70% 61.28
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 3.90% 8.14% 47.87
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.38% 4.02% 59.26
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.54% 3.19% 17.04
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 2.01% 11.31% 17.76
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.71% 3.06% 55.94
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.35% 2.52% 13.74
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 4.27% 9.41% 45.38
5-10K 8.62% 16.63% 51.80
10-15K 10.83% 16.58% 65.33
15-20K 11.09% 13.58% 81.63
20-25K 10.30% 10.39% 99.07
25-30K 9.07% 7.77% 116.69
30-35K 7.76% 5.79% 133.89
35-40K 6.51% 4.33% 150.29
40-45K 5.41% 3.27% 165.67
45-50K 4.47% 2.48% 179.93
50-55K 3.68% 1.90% 193.03
55-60K 3.02% 1.47% 204.98
60-65K 2.48% 1.15% 215.82
65-70K 2.05% 0.91% 225.62
70-75K 1.69% 0.72% 234.44
75-80K 1.39% 0.57% 242.36
80-85K 1.15% 0.46% 249.44
85-90K 0.96% 0.37% 255.75
90-95K 0.80% 0.31% 261.38
95-100K 0.67% 0.25% 266.36
100K + 3.80% 1.34% 282.70

Local Map of the constituency
Croydon South - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Croydon South - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.01%)
Conservative (- 14.38%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.49%)
Conservative (1.88%) Labour (4.59%)
Liberal Democrat (-  2.85%)
Con - 14.38%
Lab 9.01%
LD - 0.49%
Con 1.88%
Lab 4.59%
LD - 2.85%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Richard Ottaway
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (49.20%) 22,169 49.20%
Lab Labour (29.90%) 13,472 29.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (18.26%) 8,226 18.26%
Oth Other (2.65%) 1,193 2.65%
Maj Majority (19.30%) 8,697 19.30%
Turn Turnout (61.39%) 45,060 61.39%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Richard Ottaway
Conservative hold
LD Anne Gallop 8,226 18.26%
UK Kathleen Garner 998 2.21%
C Richard Ottaway 22,169 49.20%
L Gerry Ryan 13,472 29.90%
CH Mark Samuel 195 0.43%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Richard Ottaway
Conservative
Con Conservative (47.32%) 25,649 47.32%
Lab Labour (25.31%) 13,719 25.31%
LD Liberal Democrat (21.11%) 11,441 21.11%
Ref Referendum (4.85%) 2,631 4.85%
Oth Other (1.40%) 759 1.40%
Maj Majority (22.01%) 11,930 22.01%
Turn Turnout (73.45%) 54,199 73.45%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (61.70%) 35,937 61.70%
Lab Labour (16.30%) 9,513 16.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (21.60%) 12,599 21.60%
Oth Other (0.40%) 242 0.40%
Maj Majority (40.00%) 23,338 40.00%
Turn Turnout (77.95%) 58,291 77.95%

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