Croydon Central


Sarah Jones has gained Croydon Central for Labour

Posted on June 9th, by Zach Baker in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Croydon Central result changes Croydon’s political map for first time since 2005

After a long night of counting and deliberation, the results came in for Croydon’s three constituencies. Croydon North and Croydon South have been traditionally safe seats for the Labour and Conservative parties respectively. This year’s results kept those seats in the red and blue columns. However Croydon Central swung left and was gained by the … Read More »



I attended the Croydon Central hustings

Posted on June 6th, by Ian Marvin in Politics & Society. No Comments

Spirited debate in London’s most marginal seat

Whether it was an omen or not I can’t really tell, but I had a meeting in Westminster prior to the rescheduled Croydon Central Hustings. As a consequence I picked up a copy of the Evening Standard prior to jumping on a train to East Croydon. There on page three was a photo of incumbent Gavin Barwell, under the headline … Read More »



Croydon’s fake news problem

Posted on June 5th, by John Broadfoot in Politics & Society. 3 comments

Conservative activist John Broadfoot doesn’t recognise some of the claims being made in the campaign for Croydon Central

The majority of those in Britain with an interest in politics watched the results of the US Presidential election with a degree of horror. Not just the result, with Hillary Clinton being beaten by Donald Trump, but more importantly the suggestion that a lot of votes were swung by people reading … Read More »



Croydon’s boundary reforms: what you need to know

Posted on September 13th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Tom Black explains what the parliamentary boundary changes could mean for Croydon

The 2016 boundary review, tasked with equalising the population in constituencies as far as possible and – controversially – reducing the number of MPs from 650 to 600, has delivered its verdict on Croydon. After talk of four seats, and three-and-a-half-seats (sharing one with Sutton), the result is surprisingly muted. But what does it … Read More »



Election 2016: What do the results tell us about Croydon?

Posted on May 26th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. No Comments

Robert Ward drills down into the data to draw conclusions on which way the borough is leaning

You will be relieved to know that the recent election for the Greater London Authority and London mayor is the last for some time (I don’t count the EU referendum). But it’s hard to resist firing up the spreadsheet one last time before taking a rest.

Since … Read More »



Book review: How To Win A Marginal Seat, by Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell

Posted on March 30th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 2 comments

All politicos can learn from what went down in the Cronx, says Tom Black

How To Win A Marginal Seat is Conservative MP Gavin Barwell‘s first book. It’s also one that he didn’t plan to publish, if we believe the foreword. Initially planned as a record for his children to read one day, the book is a simple (though not simplistic) journey through the Croydon Central campaign … Read More »



The Public Gallery: The eve of Election 2015

Posted on May 6th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. No Comments

With nineteen hours until the polls open, Tom Black takes a final look at Croydon’s three elections

Head-to-head debate an undoubtedly ‘lively’ evening

On Saturday evening, I had the honour of chairing a debate between Sarah Jones and Gavin Barwell in the race for Croydon Central. After more than a dozen debates, many with five or even all seven candidates on the platform, the Citizen‘s head-to-head … Read More »



#CitizenDebate: Download the podcast now

Posted on May 5th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

The Citizen’s head-to-head debate between Sarah Jones and Gavin Barwell is now available online

On Saturday evening, 2nd May, Gavin Barwell (Conservative) and Sarah Jones (Labour) went head-to-head for the final debate of the campaign in Croydon Central. Hosted by the Croydon Citizen at Matthew’s Yard, the event was attended by more than a hundred people and chaired by Citizen politics editor Tom Black.

Topics included education, … Read More »



The Public Gallery: Seventy days

Posted on February 26th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

After a short sabbatical, Tom Black returns to cast his eye over Croydon’s politics ten weeks before the general election, and to make a special announcement

National issues dominate Croydon’s campaigns as general election looms

Ten weeks from today, Croydonians – and their fellow Britons – will go to the polls and elect a new government. It might look a lot like the current … Read More »