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Croydon North East
Borough constituency
House House of Commons
Created 1955 (1955)
Abolished 1997 (1997)

Croydon North East was a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.


Politics and history of the constituency

It was created for the 1955 general election just five years after a previous re-organisation of the three seats in the County Borough of Croydon. It took in areas of the former Croydon North and Croydon East constituencies and bordered Croydon North West and Croydon South, as well as, when originally created, the constituency of Beckenham.

The constituency was abolished at the 1997 general election with one third going to the new Croydon North seat (the Thornton Heath, Upper Norwood and South Norwood wards) and the rest (the wards of Woodside, Rylands, Addiscombe, Ashburton and Monks Orchard) becoming part of an expanded Croydon Central.

For all of its history, Croydon North East had Conservative Members of Parliament, although in 1987 its long-standing and most notable MP, Bernard Weatherill, stood as Speaker. Following its abolition at the 1997 election both successor seats elected Labour MPs.


When first created, Croydon North East included the areas of South Norwood and Addiscombe and parts of Thornton Heath and Shirley. It saw various boundary changes, largely stretching further north. At the time of its abolition in 1997, Croydon North East covered all of South Norwood, Upper Norwood, Addiscombe, northern Shirley and parts of Thornton Heath around Thornton Heath High Street, within the London Borough of Croydon.

Members of Parliament

Election Member Party
1955 John Hughes-Hallett Conservative
1964 Bernard Weatherill Conservative then Speaker
1992 David Congdon Conservative
1997 constituency abolished

Election results

General Election 1955: Croydon North East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Hughes-Hallett 25,097 55.0 N/A
Labour Gordon Borrie 16,616 36.4 N/A
Liberal James Walters 3,892 8.6 N/A
Majority 8,481 18.6 N/A
Turnout 45,605 77.7 N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A
General Election 1959: Croydon North East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Hughes-Hallett 24,345 53.1 -1.9
Labour Walter Wolfgang 15,440 33.6 -2.8
Liberal A. E. Bender 6,109 13.3 +4.7
Majority 8,905 19.4 +0.8
Turnout 80.3 +2.6
Conservative hold Swing N/A
General Election 1983: Croydon North East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Bernard Weatherill 22,292 52.5
Social Democrat J.D. Goldie 10,665 25.1
Labour K.A. Riley 9,503 22.4
Majority 11,627 27.4
Turnout 38,460 67.5
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1987: Croydon North East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Speaker Bernard Weatherill 24,188 55.0 2.5
Labour Christine Patrick 11,669 26.5 4.1
Social Democrat J.D. Goldie 8,128 18.5 6.6
Majority 12,519 28.5 1.1
Turnout 43,985 69.7 2.2
Speaker gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1992: Croydon North East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Congdon 23,835 51.4 N/A
Labour Mary Walker 16,362 35.3 8.8
Liberal Democrat J. Fraser 6,186 13.3 -5.2
Majority 7,473 16.1
Turnout 46,383 71.5 1.8
Conservative gain from Speaker Swing


  • The Times House of Commons 1955. The Times. 1955.  
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Cardiff West
Constituency represented by the Speaker
1983 – 1992
Succeeded by
West Bromwich West


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