May 22′s local elections in Croydon will be a five-party battle, with the Conservatives, who have controlled the Town Hall since 2006, up against challengers from Labour, the LibDems, Greens and UKIP across the borough.
The nominations lists were published this morning by Croydon’s returning officer, Nathan Elvery – who has a handy little sideline also working as the council’s interim CEO – and they show that all five of the national parties have candidates in 22 of the borough’s 24 wards. Only in Fieldway and New Addington are there not LibDem candidates to complete the “set”.
In most wards, electors get three votes and elect three councillors to the Town Hall; only in Fieldway and New Addington wards are there just two council seats contested.
The nationally beleagured Liberal Democrats, the only party other than the Tories or Labour to have had a councillor at Croydon Town Hall in recent times, will be delighted with themselves at having been able to field 46 candidates across the borough, four more than UKIP submitted, as the Greens have matched Labour and the Tories with a full slate.
In addition to the major parties, there is a smattering of independent candidates, one candidate in Norbury whose description box has been left empty (did they fail to get their party nomenclature in on time?), plus Communists, Trade Unionists and Socialists, and someone who is standing for “Putting Croydon First!” (the only use of an exclamation mark on the declaration forms).
There is also someone who says he is an NF candidate, but who the National Front won’t allow to describe himself as such and is therefore listed as an “independent” in Croham ward, plus the usual suspects from the BNP.
Indeed, anyone viewing the London candidate lists for the European Parliament elections, which are being held on the same day in May, may notice that three of the BNP’s capital-wide candidates come from Croydon.
The 2014 elections are notable as the first in Croydon in 20 years in which there will be no Official Monster Raving Loony Party Candidate. Perpetual loser John Loony has gone legit, and as John Cartwright defected to the Tories. But Cartwright has not been selected to stand in any of the borough’s wards by the Conservatives.
The European elections operate on a list basis, with candidates elected according to their party’s share of the vote. There is a pdf file available with the party lists for those elections by clicking here.
Recent Inside Croydon election coverage:
- Telegraph poll suggests UKIP poised to win Town Hall seats
- Tea-time leaflet leaves Easter egg over faces of Waddon Tories
- Council spends £200,000 on drop kerbs in flood-risk area
- Tories pick ‘Osland of the Yard’ to stand in Thornton Heath
- Newman struggles to get Labour singing from the same songsheet
- What Barwell fails to tell you and the myths of Council Tax
- Council allowances and local politicians’ secret consensus
Coming to Croydon
- Private Peaceful, Charles Cryer Theatre, Apr 23-26
- Alison, A Rock Opera, Spread Eagle Theatre, Apr 23-26
- Shabden Park Farm Lambing Open Day, Apr 26
- Stop The Incinerator Beer and Bingo fund-raiser, Apr 28
- Future of Crystal Palace debate, Apr 30
- Groundwork River Wandle project workshop, Apr 30
- David Lean Cinema: The Railway Man, May 1
- Groundwork River Wandle project workshop, May 1
- Hauntology – the architecture of Croydon, Apr 5-May 2
- Elm Tree Cottage garden open day, May 4
- Crystal Palace Chamber of Commerce Question Time, May 7
- David Lean Cinema: Wadja, May 8
- Coulsdon Euro election hustings, May 8
- David Lean Cinema: Blue Velvet, May 10
- Norwood Society Talk: West Norwood – a place of change, May 15
- David Lean Cinema: The Invisible Woman, May 15
- Coulsdon West local election hustings, May 16
- Croydon RFC charity memorial day, May 17
- Coulsdon East local election hustings, May 19 (confirmed)
- David Lean Cinema: The Rocket, May 22
- David Lean Cinema: Dallas Buyers Club, May 29
- Elm Tree Cottage garden open day, June 15
- Norwood Society Talk: The Concrete Church, June 19
- Classic Car Show at Purley Rotary Fields, June 22
- Crystal Palace Overground Festival, June 26-29
- South Norwood Allotments open day, June 28
- Elm Tree Cottage garden open day, Aug 10
- Norwood Society Talk: War Memorials, Sep 18
- Norwood Society Talk: From Fire Station to Theatre, Oct 16
- Norwood Society Talk: Lambeth’s Archives, Nov 20
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