Will Norbury Develop a Split Personality?

Under the changes recommended by the Boundary Commission Norbury Ward will be part of Croydon Council but will be in a proposed new constituency with parts of Streatham and Mitcham.

The Boundary Commission has been charged with re-drawing Parliamentary constituency boundaries because under David Cameron’s Government Parliament decided to reduce the number of MPs by 50, and to try and have constituencies have as far as possible the same number of electors.

The loss of seats means that from the next General Election (2020) MPs will have more people to represent. For those whose constituencies span across local authority boundaries this will increase the workload of having to keep up to date with 2-3 local authority issues that effect the constituency. In Norbury’s case the MP will have to keep an eye on Croydon, Lambeth and Merton Councils.

The has ben strong criticism of the changes. Leaving aside the projected effect seems to be to increase the number of Conservative MPs and reduce Labour, the main criticism is that the proposals are based on out of date figures, and that 2m people have been left off the calculations.

Another major criticism is that in rural areas with scattered populations the physical area  of constituencies will be increased.

For the complete London proposals see


To see the map of the proposed new constituency  go to



In terms of what  the changes mean for Croydon as a whole, Tom Black, one of the editors of Croydon Citizen has written an analysis at


In terms of Norbury this is an issue for the ward political parties   to decide whether to support or oppose the proposals. They will have to be in the new constituency parties that will have to be created and in the Croydon Borough parties.

If the proposal goes ahead then our MP will no longer be Steve Reed, whose Croydon North constituency will be re-drawn. The new  constituency will have to have an MP selected. At the moment the part of the Streatham in the proposed new constituency is Chuka Umunna and in Mitcham its Siobhan McDonagh. There will have to be a selection contest to decide which of them (or someone  else) will be the candidate for the 2020 General Election

About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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2 Responses to Will Norbury Develop a Split Personality?

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