After a dramatic election night, where change was the operative word nationally, locally in Croydon, Labour fell short of painting the Borough red.

In this part of Greater London, the electoral battleground has moved from the centre of the borough to the South. Once a true-blue commuter belt, Croydon South has been hit hard economically since Liz Truss’s brief stint as Prime Minister and Kwasi Kwarteng’s disastrous mini budget. Chris Philp, the sitting MP – more often used to weighing his votes – was forced to scrap to defend his circa 10,000 majority.

Philp clung on with a reduced majority of just 2,313. He will be relieved as polls had predicted a Labour victory in this seat.

Philp has long campaigned against development in his constituency and his re-election will point to more of the same in the coming years. Indeed, local Conservatives will cling to this result as a positive on a dark night nationally as evidence that they will be able to motivate their core support and retain the Borough mayoralty in 2026. Labour will feel this is a missed opportunity to extend their influence in the south of the borough.

Labour comfortably retained the other Croydon constituencies, with front benchers Steve Reed (Streatham and Croydon North) and Sarah Jones (Croydon West) duly elected. Natasha Irons, a former LB Merton Cllr, won Croydon East with ease in what once would have been a marginal seat.

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