A map showing the wards of Croydon from 2002 to 2018
A map showing the wards of Croydon from 2002 to 2018

Elections for the Croydon London Borough Council are held every four years to elect 70 councillors. The last ward boundary changes came into force at the 2018 local elections.

Political control

The first elections to the council were held in 1964, ahead of the new system coming into full effect in 1965. Political control of the council since 1964 has been held by the following parties:

Election Council control Conservative Labour Lib Dem Greens Others
1964 No overall control 21 21 - - 18
1968 Conservative 47 1 1 - 11
1971 Conservative 30 27 - - 3
1974 Conservative 40 17 - - 3
1978 Conservative 56 11 - - 3
1982 Conservative 62 5 - - 3
1986 Conservative 44 26 - - -
1990 Conservative 41 29 - - -
1994 Labour 30 40 - - -
1998 Labour 31 38 1 - -
2002 Labour 32 37 1 - -
2006 Conservative 43 27 - - -
2010 Conservative 37 33 - - -
2014 Labour 30 40 - - -
2018 Labour 29 41 - - -
2022 No overall control 33 (plus Mayor) 34 1 2 -

Leadership

Prior to 2022, political leadership was provided by the leader of the council. The leaders from 1965 to 2022 were:[1][2]

Councillor Party From To
Albert Dunn Conservative 1965 1967
Digby Weightman Conservative 1967 1970
Albert Dunn Conservative 1970 1976
Peter Bowness Conservative 1976 1979
Stanley Littlechild Conservative 1979 1980
Peter Bowness Conservative 1980 1994
Mary Walker Labour 1994 1996
Geraint Davies Labour 1996 1997
Val Shawcross Labour 1997 2000
Hugh Malyan Labour 2000 2005
Tony Newman Labour 2005 2006
Mike Fisher Conservative 2006 3 Jun 2014
Tony Newman Labour 3 Jun 2014 Oct 2020
Hamida Ali Labour 22 Oct 2020 8 May 2022

In 2022 the council changed to having directly-elected mayors. The mayor since 2022 has been:

Councillor Party From To
Jason Perry Conservative 9 May 2022

Council elections

Borough result maps

Councillors by party

The party holding the executive Mayor, and as a result executive power, is the Conservative Party. No party holds a majority of Councillors. Since the 2022 Croydon London Borough Council election the composition of the Council is as follows:

Party Councillors
Conservative 33 plus Mayor
Labour 34
Greens 2
Liberal Democrat 1

By-election results

1964-1968

There were no by-elections.[6]

1968-1971

Purley by-election, 11 July 1968[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mrs M. E. Campbell 1252
Liberal K. H. Legge 247
Labour B. G. Hamblin 116
Turnout 14.0%
Shirley by-election, 29 January 1970[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative F. R. Dubery 2096
Liberal C. R. Chance 368
Labour H. W. Robertson 297
Independent J. T. E. A. Waddell 161
Turnout 20.6%

1971-1974

Coulsdon East by-election, 30 September 1971[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative M. L. Bonsier 1,752
Liberal J. P. Callen 552
Labour Mrs P. A. Airey 417
Turnout 25.3%
East by-election, 6 July 1972[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative A. W. Elliott 1,709
Labour A. C. Lord 1,578
Independent J. R. Simmonds 1,221
Turnout 34.8%
Bensham Manor by-election, 5 October 1972[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mrs W. M. Holt 1,784
Conservative R. J. Bowker 1,240
Turnout 27.2%
Addiscombe by-election, 2 August 1973[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mrs M. M. Walker 2,161
Conservative J. A. Arnold 1,321
Liberal B. F. Steggles 790
Turnout 38.2%

1974-1978

Whitehorse Manor by-election, 4 March 1976[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Julia A. Wood 1,123
Labour Audrey M. Simpson 1,116
Liberal William H. Pitt 466
Turnout 29.1
Woodside by-election, 13 May 1976[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David L. Congdon 2,119
Labour Co-op Sinnathamby Supiramaniam 1,303
Liberal Alan R. Mead 423
Turnout 35.2
Waddon by-election, 15 July 1976[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James J. Nea 2,225
Labour Barry V. Bulled 1,756
National Party William H. Porter 442
National Front John A. Fisher 329
Liberal Roger W. Stephens 221
Independent Charles J. De Val 118
Turnout 41.8
Coulsdon East by-election, 14 October 1976[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Martin A. Levie 1,502
Liberal Herbert C. E. Lovejoy 1,009
Labour Roger M. Burgess 163
Turnout 23.8
Bensham Manor by-election, 10 March 1977[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Christopher B. Wesson 1,634
Labour Ralph W. Attoe 1,519
National Front Roland Dummer 234
Turnout 30.8
Waddon by-election, 30 June 1977[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael D. Wunn 1,943
Labour Barry V. Bulled 1,592
Liberal Patricia M. Boreham 164
National Party William H. Porter 154
National Front Roland Dummer 124
Turnout 33.2

1978-1982

1982-1986

1986-1990

Monks Orchard by-election, 30 April 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Audrey F F Cutbill 2,035 59.6 +0.2
Liberal Anthony R Phillips 1,036 30.3 +10.1
Labour David L Davies 346 10.1 -10.3
Majority 999 29.3 -9.7
Turnout 43.1
Conservative hold Swing -5.0

1990-1994

Coulsdon East by-election, 25 June 1992[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Christine A. Prentice 1,539 54.2
Liberal Democrats John P. Callen 1,087 38.3
Labour Ian G. Payne 213 7.5
Turnout 29.1
Conservative hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Susan T. Taylor.

Purley by-election, 25 June 1992[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Graham J. Bass 1,680 73.1
Liberal Democrats Pamela A. Randall 395 17.2
Labour Valerie Shawcross 224 9.7
Turnout 20.4
Conservative hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. David L. Congdon.

Upper Norwood by-election, 19 November 1992[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Patrick T. Ryan 1,306 55.1
Conservative Guy L. Harding 986 41.6
Liberal Democrats Jonathan R. Cope 79 3.3
Majority 320 13.5
Turnout 2,371 37.0
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

The by-election was called following the death of Cllr. John D. P. Yaxley.

Broad Green by-election, 29 April 1993[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stuart Collins 1,972 74.6
Conservative Patricia F. L. Knight 528 20.0
Liberal Democrats David A. Holmes 143 5.4
Majority 1,244 54.5
Turnout 2,643 30.2
Labour gain from Labour Co-op Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Anthony J. Slatcher.

Waddon by-election, 12 August 1993[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Charles E. Burling 1,389 43.7
Liberal Democrats Henry J. Norton 772 24.3
Conservative Patricia F. L. Knight 728 22.9
Independent Resident Peter J. Collier 213 6.7
Green Phillip D. Duckworth 79 2.5
Turnout 31.6
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Ann A. Allan.

1994-1998

Beulah by-election, 8 December 1994[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hugh D. Malyan 1,338 63.2
Conservative Michael D. Fisher 625 29.5
Liberal Democrats Christopher M. Pocock 132 6.2
Green Bruce J. Horner 21 1.0
Majority 713 33.7
Turnout 2,116 33.2
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Sherwan H. Chowdhury.

Sanderstead by-election, 14 September 1995[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Eric Shaw 1712 52.6
Liberal Democrats Gavin T. Howard-Jones 970 29.8
Labour Michael P. J. Phelan 528 16.2
Green Richard J. Hamlyn 32 1.0
Ind Green Soc Dem John S. Cartwright 15 0.5
Majority 742 22.8
Turnout 3,257
Conservative hold Swing

The by-election was called following the death of Cllr. Bruce T. H. Marshall.

Bensham Manor by-election, 17 October 1996[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Paula M. Shaw 1,812 63.7
Conservative John L. Tooze 690 24.2
Liberal Democrats John Fraser 282 9.9
Green Mario S. G. G. Barnsley 38 1.3
Monster Raving Loony John S. Cartwright 25 0.9
Majority 1,122 39.5
Turnout 2,847 29.8
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Alison J. Roberts.

New Addington by-election, 24 July 1997[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Christopher Ward 755 59.8 -10.6
Conservative Robin Sullivan 367 29.1 -0.6
Liberal Democrats Mark B. Goodrich 97 7.7 +7.7
United Democratic Party Paul T. Burgess 29 2.3 +2.3
Monster Raving Loony John S. Cartwright 15 1.2 +1.2
Majority 388 30.7
Turnout 1,263 15.2
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Geraint R. Davies.

1998-2002

Rylands by-election, 9 July 1998[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Louisa P. Woodley 1,033 58.1 -8.8
Conservative George A. Filbey 623 35.0 +1.9
Liberal Democrats Hilary J. Waterhouse 102 5.7 +5.7
Monster Raving Loony John S. Cartwright 21 1.2 +1.2
Majority 410 23.1
Turnout 1,779
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Louisa P. Woodley.

New Addington by-election, 4 May 2000[5][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Brenda P. Kirby 1,073 49.4 -12.3
Conservative John R. Miller 882 40.6 +2.3
Liberal Democrats George W. Schlich 153 7.1 +7.1
Monster Raving Loony John S. Cartwright 62 2.9 +2.9
Majority 191 8.8
Turnout 2,170 26.8
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Valerie Shawcross.

2002-2006

Bensham Manor by-election, 10 June 2004[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Nanoo Rajendran 1,935 50.7 -20.9
Conservative John L. Tooze 631 16.5 -6.3
Liberal Democrats Ejnar Sorensen 581 15.2 +15.2
UKIP James R. Feisenberger 328 8.6 +3.0
Green Shasha Khan 257 6.7 +6.7
Monster Raving Loony John S. Cartwright 44 1.2 +1.2
Independent Robin J. M. Sullivan 42 1.2 +1.1
Majority 1,304 34.2
Turnout 3,818 37.1
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Alexander Burridge.

Fieldway by-election, 16 June 2005[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Simon A. Hall 993 52.4 -13.0
Conservative Anthony Pearson 714 37.6 +3.0
Liberal Democrats Simon E. Hargrave 136 7.2 +7.2
UKIP Lynnda Robson 47 2.5 +2.5
Monster Raving Loony John S. Cartwright 6 0.3 +0.3
Majority 279 14.8
Turnout 1,896 28.0
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the death of Cllr. Mary M. Walker.

Fairfield by-election, 15 December 2005[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Vidhhyacharan R. Mohan 1,459 54.0 +7.8
Labour Peter N. Horah 871 32.3 -3.8
Liberal Democrats Michael T. A. Bishopp 223 8.3 -4.1
Green Bernice C. Golberg 82 3.0 +3.0
The People’s Choice Holly M. Edmonds 34 1.3 +1.3
Monster Raving Loony John S. Cartwright 31 1.1 -4.2
Majority 588 21.7
Turnout 2,700 28.1
Conservative hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Audrey-Marie M. Yates.

2006-2010

Bensham Manor by-election, 8 February 2007[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alison Butler 1683 61.7
Conservative Roger Taylor 617 22.6
Green Shasha Khan 240 8.8
Liberal Democrats Christina Tyree 126 4.6
UKIP James R Feisenberger 40 1.5
Monster Raving Loony John S. Cartwright 15 0.5
The People's Choice Mark Samuel 9 0.3
Majority 1066 39
Turnout 2730 26.0
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cllr. Paula M. Shaw.

Waddon by-election, 12 February 2009[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Clare Hilley 1,462 46.0 +2.7
Labour Ian Payne 1,222 38.5 +0.7
BNP Charlotte Lewis 157 4.9 +4.9
Liberal Democrats Patricia Gauge 150 4.7 -2.7
Green Mary J. Davey 115 3.6 -5.4
UKIP Kathleen Garner 48 1.5 +1.5
The People's Choice! Exclusively For All Mark R. L. Samuel 13 0.4 +0.4
Monster Raving Loony John S. Cartwright 11 0.3 +0.3
Majority 240 7.5
Turnout 3,178 28.6
Conservative hold Swing

The by-election was called following the death of Cllr. Jonathan M. Driver.

2010-2014

There were no by-elections.[15]

2014-2018

Selhurst by-election, 5 March 2015[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Wood 1,517
Conservative Tirena Hilary Gunter 246
Green Tracey Jo Hague 148
UKIP Annette Isadora Reid 147
Liberal Democrats Geoff Morley 65
Majority 1,271
Turnout 2,138 18.6
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was triggered by the death of Councillor Gerry Ryan.

West Thornton by-election, 5 May 2016[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Callton Young 3,136 64.7 +2.0
Conservative Scott Roche 989 20.4 +3.0
Green David Beall 289 6.0 -2.5
UKIP Ace Nnorom 145 3.0 -5.0
Liberal Democrats Geoff Morley 140 2.9 -0.5
Independence from Europe Peter Morgan 77 1.6 N/A
English Democrat Winston McKenzie 70 1.4 N/A
Majority 2,147 44.3
Turnout 44
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was triggered by the resignation of Councillor Emily Benn to pursue a job in New York City, United States[17]

South Norwood by-election, 7 September 2017[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Patsy Cummings 1,671
Conservative Becca Natrajan 475
Liberal Democrats Claire Bonham 388
Green Peter Underwood 218
UKIP Michael Swadling 78
Majority
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

2018-Present

Norbury & Pollards Hill by-election, 14 March 2019
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Leila Ben-Hassel 1,379 64.5 Decrease3.3
Conservative Tirena Hilary Gunter 324 15.2 Decrease6.9
Independent Mark James Gerard O'Grady 162 7.6 Increase7.6
Green Rachel Mary Chance 91 4.3 Decrease6.0
Independent Malgorzata Maria Roznerska 72 3.4 Increase3.4
Liberal Democrats Guy Michael Clinton Burchett 70 3.3 Increase3.3
UKIP Kathleen Garner 40 1.9 Increase1.9
Majority 1,055
Turnout 2,145 25.3
Labour hold Swing

The by-election was caused following the death of Councillor Maggie Mansell.

Wards

This section's factual accuracy may be compromised due to out-of-date information. Please help update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. (May 2022)
The 24 electoral wards of the London Borough of Croydon
The 24 electoral wards of the London Borough of Croydon

There are 24 wards which represent Croydon Council. All Croydon Council seats were up for re-election for the first time since the 2002 elections, during the election on 4 May 2006. Previously Labour held control of the council. In the election, the Conservatives took 10 seats from Labour and one from the Liberal Democrats. Since the election, Cllr Mike Mogul defected from Labour to the Conservatives adding another Conservative councillor, whilst Cllr Enley Taylor left the Conservative Group and Cllr Jonathan Driver, the Mayor at the time, died.

In the 2010 elections Labour gained six seats from the Conservatives, giving the council's political composition as:

Ward Council members
Addiscombe Patricia Hay Justice (Lab)
Mark Watson (Lab)
Sean Fitzsimons (Lab)
Ashburton Adam Kellett (Con)
Eddy Arram (Con)
Avril Slipper (Con)
Bensham Manor Raj Rajendran (Lab)
Donna Gray (Lab)
Alison Butler (Lab)
Broad Green Stuart Collins (Lab)
Mike Selva (Lab)
Manju Shahul-Hameed (Lab)
Coulsdon East Christopher Wright (Con)
Justin Cromie (Con)
Terry Lenton (Con)
Coulsdon West David Osland (Con)
Jeet Bains (Con)
Ian Parker (Con)
Croham Maria Gatland (Con)
Michael Neal (Con)
Jason Perry (Con)
Fairfield Vidhi Mohan (Con)
Susan Winborn (Con)
David Fitze (Con)
Fieldway Simon Hall (Lab)
Carole Bonner (Lab)
Heathfield Margaret Mead (Con)
Helen Pollard (Con)
Jason Cummings (Con)
Kenley Jan Buttinger (Con)
Steve O'Connell (Con)
Steve Hollands (Con)
New Addington George Ayres (Lab)
Tony Pearson (Con)
Norbury Maggie Mansell (Lab)
Shafi Khan (Lab)
Sherwan Chowdhury (Lab)
Purley Graham Bass (Con)
Badsha Quadir (Con)
Donald Speakman (Con)
Sanderstead Lynne Hale (Con)
Timothy Pollard (Con)
Yvette Hopley (Con)
Selhurst Timothy Godfrey (Lab)
Toni Letts (Lab)
Gerry Ryan (Lab)
Selsdon and Ballards Dudley Mead (Con)
Sara Bashford (Con)
Phil Thomas (Con)
Shirley Janet Marshall (Con)
Richard Chatterjee (Con)
Mike Fisher (Con)
South Norwood Kathy Bee (Lab)
Wayne Lawlor (Lab)
Jane Avis (Lab)
Thornton Heath Pat Clouder (Lab)
Matthew Kyeremeh (Lab)
Louisa Woodley (Lab)
Upper Norwood Alisa Flemming (Lab)
Pat Ryan (Lab)
John Wentworth (Lab)
Waddon Tony Harris (Con)
Clare Hilley (Con)
Simon Hoar (Con)
West Thornton Paul Smith (Lab)
Bernadette Khan (Lab)
Humayun Kabir (Lab)
Woodside Karen Jewitt (Lab)
Tony Newman (Lab)
Paul Scott (Lab)

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