Croydon Council Enters No Overall Control With Tory Mayor With Tiny Personal Majority

Given the continuing crisis the result of the Croydon Council elections is probably  the best result possible. No Party is in overall control. With 34 seats Labour is the largest party, with the Conservatives having 32, and the Liberal Democrats having broken through to win by one seat and the Greens two. Even when the vacancy caused by Jason Perry’s election as Mayor is won by the Conservatives, they will still be one seat behind Labour. The Liberal Democrat and the 2 Greens could be holding the balance of power.

Given that Jason Perry only became Mayor on a 580 vote majority, and with the two main parties closely balanced he and they will have to find ways to work together. There is no role for hard line party politics which could prevent any significant reforms and rebuilding of the finances from happening.


While the overall turnout of voters was 35% it  varied from as low as 24.45% in Fairfield and 48.36% in Sanderstead. The low turnout in many wards is a disgrace showing the inadequacies of both major parties in failing to have a vibrant visible public campaign involving streets stall, motorcades, public meetings to enthuse those who did not vote to take part. Clearly those who did vote seem to have been more influenced by the Croydon Labour’s mismanagement than the national issues of the cost of living and Partygate. But the Tories did not have a landslide. It is regrettable that Andrew Pelling did not do well in the Mayoral election did not get re-elected in Waddon. The Council has lost a member who could have made an important contribution.

Labour Needs To Rethink

Labour needs now to be very humble and completely rethink the way it operates stopping the right’s attacks on the left, rethinking how to motivate Party members, and stop the uncritical sycophantism. It will need to appoint a Leader who is not contaminated by the mismanagment. If Jason Perry invites any of the former Labour Cabinet members to be so again  they should decline to accept, should not be members of Scrutiny and become backbenchers.

Perry’s Big Agenda

Perry has a big agenda, including that outlined by his colleague Robert Ward. One of the most difficult is going to be changing the culture of management which continues to show incompetence in service delivery and contempt of residents. Trying to blame the COVID crisis for some of this will not wash.

WardToryLabourOther PartiesTurnout
Addiscombe EastJeet BainsMaddie Henson 43.04%
Addiscombe West   Sean Fitzsimons, Clive Fraser & Patricia Hay-Justice 32.01%
Bensham Manor Humayun Kabir, Enid Mollyneaux, & Eunice O’Dame 28.17%
Broad Green   Sherwan Chowdhury, Stuart Collins & Manju Shahul-Hameed 26.52%
Coulsdon Town  Mario Creatura, Ian Parker & Luke Shortland  39.33%
Croydon SouthMaria Gatland & Michael Neal Jason Perry elected but as elected as Mayor there will be a by-election.  38.41%
Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood Patsy Cummings & Nina DegradsClaire Bonham (Lib Dem)37.92%
Fairfield   Robert ClarkRia Patel &  Esther Mary Sutton (Greens)24.45%
KenleyGayle Gander &  Ola Kolade.  39%
New Addington NorthAdele BensonKolapo Agboola 25.63%
New Addington SouthLara Leigh Fish Tony Pearson  26.82%
Norbury & Pollards Hill Leila Ben-Hassel & Matthew Griffiths 30.96%
Norbury Park Alisa Flemming &  Appu Srinivasan 35.33%
Old CoulsdonMargaret Bird & Thampi Sherine  45.79%
Park Hill and WhitgiftJade Appleton  42.07%
Purley and WoodcoteSimon Brew, Samir Dwesar & Holly Alice Ramsey  37.42%
Purley Oaks & RiddlesdaleAlasdair Stewart & Endri Llabuti  39.41%
SandersteadYvette Hopley, Lynne Hale  & Helen Redfern  48.36%
Selhurst Catherine Wilson & Mohammed Amirul Islam 26.08%
Selsdon and Addington VillageJoseph Lee Robert Ward  41.69%
Selsdon Vale and ForestdaleAndy Stranack, and  Badsha Quadir  40.90%
Shirley North    Sue Bennett Richard Rishi Chatterjeee Mark Paul Aaron Johnson  35.38%
Shirley SouthJason Cummings & Scott James Roche  38.78%
South Norwood Louis Carserides, Christopher Herman & Stella Nabukeera 30.39%
Thornton Heath Karen Jewitt, Tamar Nwafor & Callton Young 30.24%
WaddonSimon FoxRowenna Davis & Ellily Ponnuthurai 31.68%
West Thornton Janet Campbell, Stuart King  & Chrishni Reshekaron   27.15%
Woodside Michael Bonello, Amy Foster  & Brigitte Graham elected. 33.12%

About seancreighton1947

I have lived in Norbury since July 2011. I blog on Croydon, Norbury and history events,news and issues. I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I have submitted views to Council Committees and gave evidence against the Whitgift Centre CPO and to the Local Plan Inquiry. I am a member of Norbury Village Residents Association and Chair of Norbury Community Land Trust, and represent both on the Love Norbury community organisations partnership Committee. I used to write for the former web/print Croydon Citizen. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics history database. 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, radical and suffrage movements, 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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