LIVEBLOG: Croydon Council Election 2018


By - Thursday 3rd May, 2018

Live results are due overnight, get updates here from 11pm


Photo by Croydon Council, used with permission.

The Citizen‘s Tom Black will be at the count of Croydon’s 2018 elections all night. Follow this page for updates as our new council is elected.

05.02

PROJECTION: LABOUR TO MAINTAIN CONTROL OF CROYDON COUNCIL

It’s not the most unexpected of projections, and perhaps it was never in doubt, but there it is. The ward results we’ve seen so far and the swings that led to them leave me in no doubt that Labour will win another four year term in office governing Croydon. Tony Newman is right to be confident in his remarks just now.

The Conservatives will be disappointed, but will take solace that their party has exceeded expectations nationally and bloodied Labour’s nose in places it did not expect to. Croydon, it turns out, was not one of those places. Similarly, Croydon Labour’s celebrations today will be marred by disappointment that other expected London victories in Wandsworth and Westminster did not materialise, and as I write this, the expected Labour win in Barnet looks perilous.

But within Croydon, it looks like after four years, a boundary review, a Boxpark, a closed Fairfield Halls, a lot of street art, and absolutely no physical progress on the construction of a certain shopping centre, we are getting roughly the same council we got four years ago.

But as 5am arrives, this liveblog comes to an end. For further updates, I recommend the @YourCroydon Twitter feed and SW Londoner.

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04.29

Hearing that Tony Newman, current leader of Croydon Council and leader of the Labour group, is about to call the election for Croydon Labour when he is – presumably – re-elected as a councillor in the next declaration.

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04.23

The party totals so far are:

Labour: 13
Conservatives: 13 

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04.19

Recount in Addiscombe East. The result is said to depend on single figure differences.

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04.12

Results are coming thick and fast now, follow @YourCroydon for announcements of winners as they come in.

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03.29

I’m sharing the ‘media area’ with two very fine people from SW Londoner, you can read their updates from across South London here.

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03.26

Overheard: recount in Shirley South, on last count, the ward is returning one Labour and one Tory councillor.

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03.11

Result: New Addington South. Another win for Labour, their least comfortable so far – both candidates got around 1,100 to both Conservative candidates’ 900 or so.

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02.56

New Addington South is about to declare.

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02.54

Result: New Addington North is won by Labour’s two candidates with ease. A rare sighting of a BNP candidate. He didn’t do very well.

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02.34

New Addington North is about to declare.

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02.02

RESULT: Park Hill & Whitgift

The only one-member ward, Conservative Vidhi Mohan has won with 1,110 votes to Labour’s 618.

One down, quite a few more to go.

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02.01

Park Hill & Whitgift result imminent. Officials and candidates trooping into the Mitre Theatre, Trinity School.

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01.05

No results yet, and not for a while. The mood continues to lean towards a Labour win, with nobody really disputing that one is on the cards. Note that parties will have completed their sampling (watching a number of votes be counted and noting down what they look like) by this hour, so they have more than just a hunch to go on.

The council team have officially tweeted that they expect a result in the next hour.

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00.15

Good evening! It’s ten past midnight, we haven’t had a single result yet, but Croydon Labour are in very good spirits.

Why? A Survation poll taken today (which is different to an exit poll) has provided that rarest of things: a Croydon-specific poll. Its results are, well, as you’ll see, good for the red team:

Croydon borough council voting intention:

LAB: 50% (+16)
CON: 37% (+4)
GRN: 4% (-5)
LDEM: 4% (-2)
UKIP: 2% (-13)
via @Survation, surveyed 03 May Chgs. w/ 2014 local election results

(thanks to @BritainElects on Twitter for the text above, you should follow them all night, and indeed in general, for updates on all things election)

I’m installed in the counting centre at Trinity School, and things are moving quicker than last time. In 2014, we didn’t get a declaration of a result until 3:30am. This time, with no EU election to count alongside the council, we may hear something as soon as an hour from now.

The Labour faces I’ve seen since arriving have been upbeat. The Conservative ones less so. The UKIP guys were standing around outside in the dark looking glum. That’s likely the story of tonight.

Stay tuned.

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11.31

Welcome to the Citizen‘s liveblog of the 2018 council elections. Voting has opened and polls will close at 10pm. From around 11pm, I (Tom Black) will be posting updates from the count. These things take time, so strap in for a long night.

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  • Michael Swadling

    Tom – you should have said hello. Not glum we’re so boisterous we stepped outside.

  • http://www.tehludoquist.com The Ludoquist

    /waves from down the road, also on a late one.