Croydon North By-Election: Labour's Steve Reed Wins
Friday 30th November 2012
The new Labour MP for Croydon North has accused the coalition of failing to keep its promises to people in the area following the riots.
Steve Reed has won a by election by a margin of almost 12,000 votes, following the death of Labour MP Malcolm Wicks in September.
The Conservatives took second place but the Liberal Democrats came fourth behind the UK Independence Party, which also came second in two other by-elections.
Mr Reed told LBC 97.3 that people in the area want more to be done about crime. He said: "We're only just over a year since Croydon was hit by the worst riots in over 100 years.
"After those riots, so many promises were made to people in Croydon about the investment that was going to come in, but they've seen nothing happen.
"Instead of that, they are actually seeing the Tories close down police stations, like the one at South Norwood."
Croydon North By-Election - Full Result
Steve Reed (Labour) 15,898
Andy Stranack (Conservative) 4,137
Winston McKenzie (UKIP) 1,400
Marisha Ray (Lib Dem) 860
Shasha Islam Khan (Green Party) 855
Lee Jasper (Respect) 707
Stephen Hammond ( Christian Peoples Alliance) 192
Richard Edmonds (National Front) 161
Ben Stevenson (Communist Party) 119
John Cartwright (Monster Raving Loony Party) 110
Simon Lane (Nine eleven was an inside job) 66
Robin Smith (Young People's Party UK ) 63
Labour majority: 11,761
Turnout: 24,568 (26.4%)