What do Croydonians and Londoners Think About BREXIT?

Croydon  voted  to remain part of the European Union, but only by 54.3% (93,913).  So 45.7% (78,221) voted leave, including many on the left. The country voted 52% to 48%

Croydon, like large parts of London, bucked the national trend, with 93,913 (54.3%) supporting continued membership of the EU and 78,221 (45.7%) wanting to leave.

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/croydon-votes-to-remain-part-of-the-eu-but-uk-set-for-brexit/story-29439092-detail/story.html#rWaDvJLljsHolwVJ.99

Unfortunately there is no breakdown by Parliamentary Constituency, which means we cannot tell the balance of Remain/Leave in the three major areas of Croydon.

The Electoral Commission has explained to me:

‘The Commission has the EU Referendum results by local authority area, which can be found here

http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/our-work/our-research/electoral-data.

This will include the results for Croydon Council.

With regards to the results of the EU Referendum and the data that appears in the Commissions excel spreadsheet, the UK was divided into 12 electoral regions. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland were three of the twelve regions. England was divided into nine regions – East, East Midlands, London, North East, North West, South East, South West & Gibraltar, West Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber.

We have then collected data and presented it by region and then included details for the local authorities within that region.

In terms of data by Parliamentary constituency. I’ve tried to do some research to see if anyone does hold the data by Parliamentary constituency.

The House of Commons Library did do an analysis of the EU Referendum results which you can see here:

http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CBP-7639

Although it doesn’t have details broken down by Parliamentary constituency on the web page, as they produce reports for MPs, they may have some other data that they could share with you.

I also found this news article on the website PoliticsHome.com and it appears to have created a web page where it says that you can see how MPs constituencies voted:

https://www.politicshome.com/news/europe/eu-policy-agenda/brexit/news/dods-people/76451/interactive-map-every-mps-eu-stance

I wonder whether Croydonians share the concerns expressed in a survey of Londoners undertaken for the Centre for London.

‘….. there is clear concern and uncertainty among Londoners about the impact that Brexit will have both on the capital, and on their own finances, particularly among young Londoners.

When it comes to longer-term expectations, Londoners are more positive, especially when it comes to London’s status as a global city. This suggests that the negative impacts of Brexit – loss of cultural appeal, reduced access to skilled workers etc – are viewed as temporary setbacks to London’s continued success, rather than factors of inexorable decline.

It may be natural for older people, who have seen the city survive crises in the past, to be more sanguine about London’s continued prosperity. But the relatively sceptical view taken by younger Londoners is a worry.

If highly skilled young people begin to leave London, their pessimism may become a self-fulfilling prophecy. London has huge assets – of heritage, of location, of language – but the next generation needs to be assured that there is a clear plan to address the challenges of Brexit and ensure future success. And they need to see action to tackle the problems – like London’s affordability crisis – that still hold the city back.’

See full details at

http://www.centreforlondon.org/publication/londoners-views-on-brexit

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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One Response to What do Croydonians and Londoners Think About BREXIT?

  1. Michael Swadling says:

    We do have a breakdown by ward of the referendum vote which in tern gives us the constituencies.

    Croydon Central voted Leave by 50.3% something I like to remind Gavin Barwell who tweeted that his constituents voted for hate and division https://twitter.com/gavinbarwellmp/status/746223852984819712 a brave choice for a man with such a small majority. I do wonder if this is his feeling about them how he continues to take a salary to represent them.

    Croydon North and South voted remain.

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