Chris Philp, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Croydon South
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Reflections on the Council Elections
03/08/2014 10:49:00


On May 22nd, the Conservatives lost control of Croydon Council to Labour after 8 years.

The Conservatives did not deserve to lose the Town Hall, in my view. Croydon Conservatives had achieved a lot during their time in office, including:

  • Council tax had been kept well under control with rises limited to inflation or below

  • Croydon Town Centre is being regenerated, with the Westfield Centre poised to completely transform the town – as it has already done in Stratford and Shepherd’s Bush

  • School standards, under the guidance of Cllr Tim Pollard, had risen significantly and extra Government funding for new school places had been secured

  • Crime had fallen significantly across Croydon as a whole and the Borough is getting an extra 117 Police Officers (the 2nd highest of London’s 33 Boroughs) to further reduce crime

  • Unemployment is falling significantly across Croydon

So why did Labour win back control? Firstly, the margin was very small. In 3 key wards (Waddon, Addiscombe and Asburton) Labour won by just two or three hundred voters out of an electorate of 250,000 across Croydon as a whole. In each of these Wards, UKIP polled 500-700 votes. Many of the UKIP votes were ordinarily Conservative voters, who wished to register a protest. Sadly, the effect of a relatively small number of people voting UKIP was to hand control of the council to Labour. There is a lesson there for the General Election: a few people who are normally Conservative voting  UKIP will hand the key of Downing Street to Ed Milliband and Ed Balls – just as the keys to Croydon Town Hall got handed to Labour on May 22nd.



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