165 votes were the difference between Gavin Barwell being the MP for Croydon Central and looking for a job today.
This has been the London constituency election with the knife-edge of victory for the Conservatives in a marginal battle won with the narrowest of margins.
Gavin continues as the Tory MP with 22,753 votes.
But Labour’s Sarah Jones was just behind with 22,588.
They both had 43% share of the poll.
It means that James Fearnley’s LibDem 1,152 votes, Esther Sutton’s Green Party 1,454 votes and UKIP’s Peter Staveley 4,810 votes could have tipped the balance either way.
Conservative candidate Gavin Barwell has been re-elected as the MP for Croydon Central.
Breakdown of results:
- April Ashley (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) – 127
- Gavin Barwell (Conservative) – 22,753
- Martin Camden (The UK Progressive Democracy Party) – 57
- James Fearnley (Liberal Democrats) – 1,152
- Sarah Jones (Labour) – 22, 588
- Peter Staveley (UKIP) – 4,810
- Esther Sutton (Green) – 1,454
The Mayor of Croydon is announcing the results for Croydon Central.
Conservative candidate Chris Philp has been elected has the MP for Croydon South.
The Mayor of Croydon is announcing the results for Croydon South.
Steven Reed representing the Labour Party has been elected as the MP for Croydon North.
Mayor of Croydon is announcing the results for Croydon North.
Crowds gather at the stage again. Croydon North results to be announced. We think.
False alarm. Confused reporters climb the stairs back to the press area.
The press have deserted their stations…
But no one is entirely sure what’s going on.
Crowds gather around the stage with cameras and microphones at the ready. There have been a lot of rumours flying around the press area tonight, hopefully all will be revealed very soon.
Roza Dawood spoke to Esther Sutton, the Green Party candidate for Croydon Central:
There is a lot of interest circulating around the close call between Conservative and Labour for Croydon Centre:
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Rumours have stopped as quickly as they started. There is not going to be a recount.
Rumours are being passed around about the possibility of a recount for Croydon Central. As predicted it is very close between Labour candidate Sarah Jones and Conservative candidate Gavin Barwell.
Croydon Central turnout figures announced – 67.86% (65.05% in 2010)
Croydon North turnout figures announced – 62.5% (60.64% in 2010)
The verification process was due to be completed by 1am however no announcement has been made yet.
The Mayor of Croydon, and Returning Officer, Councillor Manju Shahul-Hameed has just arrived. At the close of the verification when all ballot papers have been accounted for, she will announce the result of the verification.
Empty ballot boxes are carried through the building indicating the verification process is coming to an end.
Candidates are beginning to filter in, wearing their respective rosettes. The atmosphere is building as results from other constituencies are being declared on television screens around the halls.
Staff are counting the total number of ballot papers to be included in each count. This verification process is expected to be completed around 1am.
Staff are coming through, delivering the ballot boxes containing the postal votes and votes from the polling stations.
Location: Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon
Size of operation
- 3 constituencies (Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South)
- 22 candidates
- 246,122 registered voters (an increase from 2010)
- 39,793 postal votes registered (an increase from 2010)
- 147 polling stations
- 192 members of staff will be used to count votes
- Conservative – 3
- Labour – 3
- Greens – 3
- Lib Dems – 3
- UKIP – 3
- Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition – 2 (Central, North)
- Communist – 1 (North)
- Class War – 1 (South)
- The UK Progressive Democracy Party – 1 (Central)
- Putting Croydon First! – 1 (South)
- Independent – 1 (North)
Hello. We’re Georgina Palzeaird and Roza Dawood and we’re covering the election count for the fiercely contested marginal constituency of Croydon Central.
We’ll also be keeping an eye on and reporting the results for the other Croydon seats.