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  • Labour win control of Croydon Council
  • Coun Tony Newman's group win key marginal wards New Addington and Waddon
  • Conservatives blame Ukip 'protest votes'

10:15am

Triumphant cheers ring out around this now all-too-familiar sports hall as Labour celebrate a comprehensive victory that hands control of Croydon Council back to Tony Newman and co for the first time since 2008.

As for us, we've been here for TWELVE HOURS and haven't slept in nearly 30 so we're off for a lie down before we throw up.

Thanks for reading!

10:07am

And that means... WE CAN ALL GO HOME! 

10:07am

Margaret Bird, James Thompson and Chris Wright win Conservative seats in Coulsdon East. 

10:02am

I thought this moment may never come... There's just ONE WARD LEFT!

10:01am

Jeet Bains, Luke Clancey and Gavin Barwell's BFF Mario Creatura win  Conservative seats in Coulsdon West.

10:00am

Jeet Bains, Luke Clancey and Gavin Barwell's BFF Mario Creatura win  Conservative seats in Coulsdon West.

9:51am

9:51am

Stuart Collins, Mike Selva and Shajul-Hameed complete Labour's final clean sweep of the night. This 'un is in Broad Green.

9:49am

Tim Godfrey, Toni Letts and Gerry Ryan retain Labour seats in Selhurst.

9:48am

They switched off our wi-if but we're BACK! You can't keep a good live blog down.

9:40am

I've been told the the wi-fi man wants to go home (apparently he's been here a while or something) so the live blog may be cut short before the bitter end. If so, barring any major surprises in safe wards, the final score will be Labour 40 - 30 Conservative. A 14-seat swing for Tony Newman's gang.

9:36am

Labour's Maggie Mansell, Shafi Khan and Sherwan Chowdhury retain seats in Norbury, obvs.

9:32am

Oh, Conservatives have of course retained Sanderstead - Lynne Hale, Yvette Hopley and Tim Pollard will return to those plush council chamber seats.

9:31am

BBBRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINGGGGGG! That's the bell for the end of the first class, which just rang out loud and clear. An unwelcome reminder that we are sleepwalking zombies in a functioning school full of bright-eyed children. Learning things and stuff.

9:29am

Remember when this blog was full of lovely pretty pictures? That was nice. I can't even remember how you add pictures to it anymore.

9:28am

Labour have now mathematically won the election, but we've still got a few consolation true blue seats to whizz through before I collapse.

9:28am

Labour have now mathematically won the election, but we've still got a few consolation true blue seats to whizz through before I collapse.

9:24am

And, as predicted, Labour have swept to victory in Ashburton - one of the key marginals that have won them the election. Maddie Henson, Stephen Mann and Andrew Rendle are win seats.

9:23am

Another safe ward goes Labour's way - this time West Thornton, where Tony Benn's granddaughter Emily Benn has won election. I've lost both my list of candidates and the majority of my mental faculties so I can't tell you who stood with.

9:10am

Labour take all three Upper Norwood seats - Pat Ryan, John Wentworth and Alisa Flemming.

9:05am

This now all has the air of the final day of the Premier League season when the title is already decided. No one is really paying any attention. Nothing much matters. Only everyone looks really, really tired.

8:55am

Jason Cummings, Margaret Mead and Andy Stranack elected for the Conservatives in Heathfield.  Good to see Andy Stranack back in politics after his battle with cancer.

8:54am

Technology is failing us left, right and centre here at the Croydon count. 

8:49am

The three Thornton Heath seats go exactly where you'd expect - Labour's Pat Clouder, Karen Jewitt and Matthew Kyeremeh.

8:42am

Sara Bashford, Dudley Mead and Phil Thomas retain Selsdon and Ballards. Coun Mead greets the victory by saying: "Let's just get this over and done with." Suffice to say, this is Labour's election.

8:42am

Sara Bashford, Dudley Mead and Phil Thomas retain Selsdon and Ballards. Coun Mead greets the victory by saying: "Let's just get this over and done with." Suffice to say, this is Labour's election.

8:30am

Robert Canning, Andrew Pelling and Joy Price complete a massive swing for Labour in Waddon. And that pretty much seals the election for Coun Tony Newman's gang.

8:28am

Labour have claimed ALL THREE seats in Waddon, a ward which was entirely Conservative in 2010. 

8:16am

Maria Gatland, Michael Neal and Jason Perry all hold for the Conservatives in Croham. 

8:09am

'Blame Ukip' is party line the Tories are sticking to. Essentially admitting defeat, Coun Mike Fisher said: "I don't think Labour have won control of the council; I think the Ukip vote has denied us control of the council and that is to be regretted."

8:05am

Sue Bennett, Richard Chatterjee and Conservative leader Mike Fisher seal another clean sweep in Shirley.

7:53am

On a further sidenote, the Croydon Guardian team have now been awake for well over 24 hours. Except for Andy Bloss, who is snoozing soundly at home in bed. The workshy (literal) layabout.

7:51am

On a sidenote, kids have begun turning up for school. It's not yet 8am. It wasn't like this in my day...

7:50am

Another trio of Tory seats - this time for Simon Brew, Badsha Quadir and Donald Speakman for Purley.

7:49am

Several Labour candidates are hanging around the declaration room even though there is nothing going on at the moment.

It appears they are too tired to move in and out of the room and  are just happy waiting for their next set of winners.

They might have a bit to wait though as  Purley is on now.

7:38am

Vidhi Mohan, Helen Pollard and Susan Winborn hold for the Conservatives in Fairfield.

7:30am

Labour leader Tony Newman has hailed "a historic victory for Labour in Croydon". It's not over yet, but it's hard to imagine he'll be wrong - it looks to be Labour's night.

7:28am

Another clean sweep for Labour in the safe seat of Woodside - Tony Newman, Hamida Ali and Paul Scott way out in front.

7:24am

The declarations are coming thicker and fastest than our puny, sleep-deprived fingers can handle, so we'll update you with full vote breakdowns for every ward later. But stay tuned for find out the who claims the seats in the remaining wards.

7:19am

Sean Fitzsimons, Patricia Hay-Justice and Mark Watson complete an important clean sweep in Addiscombe for Labour.

7:14am

Addiscombe up next. Another crucial ward.

7:14am

Winston McKenzie, who polled among the fewest votes in South Norwood, blames "media tyranny" for his failure to win a seat. Undetered, he insists "this is the start of something phenomenal" - by which he means, the rise and rise of Ukip. 

He still thinks Croydon is "a dumping ground", by the way but now claims his comments the other day were about fly-tipping. Hmmmm.

7:02am

All three Labour councillors for South Norwood - Jane Avis, Kathy Bee and wayne Lawlor - have retained their seats.

They thanked the people of the ward for re-electing them and said they were deeply honoured.

 

7:02am

All three Labour councillors for South Norwood - Jane Avis, Kathy Bee and wayne Lawlor - have retained their seats.

They thanked the people of the ward for re-electing them and said they were deeply honoured.

 

6:43am

Audsley, James (Labour) 2,134

Butler, Alison (Labour) 2,121

Jones, Sam (Green) 379

Kabir, Humayun (Labour) 1,940

Matin, Talukdar (Conservative) 480

Muller, Dirk (Ukip) 378

Samuel, Victoria (Green) 278

Smith, Robert (Conservative) 588

Stevenson, Ben (Communist) 55

Taylor, Roger (Conservative) 579

Viney, Stephen (Liberal Dems) 117

Walsh, Brendan (Green) 302

6:40am

Jamie Audsley, Alison Butler and Kabir Humayan win a clean sweep for Labour in Bensham Manor.

6:34am

Declarations moving along apace now, at last. Bensham Manor up next. Labour hold a formality.

6:31am

Kenley ward results

Abdey, Olive (Lib Dem) 238

Buttinger, Jan (Conservative) 2,272

Catto, Angela (Lib Dem) 271

Croos, Mary-Romaine (Labour) 636

Dixon, Ian (Green) 327

Dixon-King, Anneka (Green) 336

Hollands, Steve (Conservative) 2,123

Hooper, David (Ukip) 803

Knight, James (Lib Dems)217

Manton, Paul (Ukip) 714

O'Connell, Steve (Conservative) 2,111

Robson, Lynnda (Ukip) 728

Voute, Tom (Green) 265

Ward, Sarah (Labour) 678

Williams, Chris (Labour) 675

6:25am

Steve Hollands, Jan Buttinger and Steve O'Connell all hold their seats in Kenley.

6:24am

If this was a football match then Labour would still be in the lead - just - as the Conservatives have held their stronghold of Kenley.

So at the moment, with three wards declared, Labour has four councillors and Conservatives have three.

6:09am

For anyone who has lost count, that is two wards declared in Croydon with Labour winning both New Addington and Fieldway.

6:07am

Fieldway results in full:

Clarke, David (BNP): 210

Clarke, John (BNP): 212

Castle, Michael (Conservative): 471

Laville, Jayne (Conservative): 314

Gale, Eileen (Green): 102

Groves, Jack (Green): 130

Bonner, Carole (Labour): 1,132

Hall, Simon (Labour): 1,104

Eastoe, Bill (UKIP): 686

6:03am

Labour has held Fieldway with its councillors Carole Bonner and Simon Hall looking forward to representing the ward for another four years.

5:57am

"The Ukip voters have handed Labour the council." Those are the words of Chris Philp, the Conservative Party's candidate for Croydon South. Earlier he told us it was "certainly possible" Labour would win the council, but it appears his mood has darkened since. 

He told us the Conservatives expect to lose Ashburton, Waddon and Addiscombe by hundreds of votes - having already lost New Addington.

5:44am

You're not even safe from Winston McKenzie in your sleep.

5:41am

Results for Upper Norwood up next, but nobody knows when. 

5:40am

Good morning to our readers who are rising from their slumber to go to work like normal human beings. What better to read on the commute than a live blog of ABSOLUTELY NOTHING HAPPENING written by journalists with slowly disintegrating sanity.

5:16am

CAFFEINE NEWS: Three coffees, one tea and a Dr Pepper. AND WE'VE NEVER FELT MORE ALIVE.

5:13am

Pupils are supposed to arrive at school in a few hours.  We assume they'll just study around us.

5:11am

Spare a thought for our friends on the Sutton Guardian, where the count had been scheduled to finish at 4am. They've yet to see a single result.

5:09am

And this, dear readers, is daylight (and the corner of a portaloo.) It is becoming ever clearly that the promised 7am finish was a pipe dream. 

Croydon Guardian:

4:48am

And here's a shot of New Addington's new councillors Louisa Woodley and Oliver Lewis celebrating with Labour leader Tony Newman.Croydon Guardian:

4:44am

Well that's one down, just the 23 more wards to go... 

4:43am

Oliver Lewis, after winning a seat in New Addington, said: "This campaign has been a long campaign and it's been a hard campaign and we have worked hard in New Addington as these results show.

"It's not about where you live, it's about what your values are and I think the values of the people in New Addington.

"What we have seen here tonight is the start of a good night here for Labour.
I think we have put a lot of hard work into the campaign and we have reflected the issues that people felt were important in New Addington."

4:38am

New Addington results in full: 

Christensen, Clive (Ukip): 714 

Clugston, Jim (Green ): 107

Cousins, Martin (Green): 123

Fish, Lara (Conservative): 617

Johnson, Christopher (Ukip): 639

Le May, Clifford (BNP): 168

Lewis, Oliver (Labour): 1,244

Pearson, Anthony (Conservative): 650

Treanor, Donna (BNP): 80

Woodley, Louisa (Labour): 1,094

4:31am

Labour's Parliamentary candidate for Croydon Central reacts to the New Addington result:

4:29am

Both parties were desperate to win New Addington. Massive blow to the Tories and Labour a significant step towards reclaiming control of the council. 

Voter turnout 39 per cent, down from 57 per cent in 2010 -  but that vote coincided with the general election.

4:25am

Conservative Tony Pearson has lost his seat to Labour's Oliver Lewis, 650 votes to 1,244. Louisa Woodley retains her seat with 1,094 votes.

4:23am

Labour have GAINED a seat in New Addington, where they now have both council seats. Big win.

4:08am

Forty-five councils across the country have now declared results in their entirety. We're still waiting for a result from our first ward here in Croydon, six hours after polls closed. 

4:00am

Winston is no stranger to the camera, of course. This 'rap' video, shot for his campaign to become Mayor of London in 2008, is surely the highlight of his film career and also approximately 14 times more entertaining than waiting for people to finish counting things.

 

 

 

3:54am

Winston McKenzie is having no trouble killing time at the count. He's over on Sky News now. 

3:46am

CAFFEINE NEWS: We've consumed two coffees and one bottle of Dr Pepper between us thus far. Modest, all things considered.

3:42am

Michael Castle, a Conservative candidate for Fieldway, believes "there will definitely be some Ukip councillors on the council after tonight". 

Ukip have gained 68 seats nationwide thus far tonight, with big gains in Essex - where clearly people are also better at counting than in Croydon. 

Will this map have splashes of purple on it come 7am? (No, it won't, because we'll be far too tired to make colourful maps by then. But you get the point.)

Croydon Guardian:

3:36am

We're told we should have our first results within 30 minutes, with the rest coming "thick and fast" after that. We were told something similar an hour ago though.

3:13am

Probably best to unbait your breath. Still no sign of any results here. Five hours and counting (geddit?)

3:02am

Bait your breath, people. We're expecting New Addington to be declared any minute now.

3:00am

Mischief afoot in the hallways of Trinity School - but it is former Conservative MP Andrew Pelling rankling the authorities tonight, rather than schoolchildren.

The Labour candidate for Waddon, unimpressed with the speed of tonight's count, collared returning officer Nathan Elvery to ask: "Should I go home to get some sleep before the results?" 

An evidently unimpressed Elvery simply muttered: "I wouldn't. We'll have some results soon."

Croydon Guardian:

2:50am

We reported earlier that Croydon Central's Conservative MP Garvin Barwell believes Labour will win back control of the council this morning. Now his prospective Parliamentary colleague Chris Philip has said "it is certainly possible". 

The Conservative candidate for Croydon South in next year's general election told us: "It is going to be uncomfortably close. The key wards - Ashburton, New Addington, Waddon - are all looking extremely close. It could go either way."

Croydon Guardian: Chris Philp and Gavin Barwell

2:26am

A small crowd gathered around a TV screen here to watch Ukip's South Norwood candidate and walking gaffe-generator Winston McKenzie interviewed by David Dimbleby on the BBC's election coverage. 

Winston accused the media of "playing the race card" and using racism as a weapon against Ukip. Asked why he dismissed Croydon as "a dump" at Ukip's abortive 'carnival' on Wednesday, he - after much stuttering and floundering - replied: "because the people here are disenfranched". 

He spoke many, many more words but not a great deal of sense before Dimbers finally cut him off. 

Croydon Guardian:

2:05am

All votes have been counted for New Addington and we're expecting it to be the first ward declared. The result will be hugely significant for the Conservatives and Labour. Stay tuned for updates. 

Croydon Guardian:

2:00am

It ain't just us keeping a close eye on Croydon's election.

 

1:45am

Rumours abound that Ashburton, currently fully Conservative, will fall into the hands of Labour. It is thought a strong Ukip showing in New Addington - where just 90 votes seperated winner from loser in 2010 - could steal blue votes in another key marginal ward. 

All talk until the fat lady stops counting, of course, but there a few grim-faced Tories in the hall. 

Croydon Guardian:

 

1:38am

BREAKING NEWS: Coffee has happened. Finally. Things are looking up. Briefly.

Croydon Guardian:

 

1:31am

We will find out later whether the election result is as close as Councillor Vidhi Moran thinks it will be

Croydon Guardian:

1:27am

Conservative Vidhi Mohan says it is too early to say whether his party will keep control of the council.

But he is happy with the way the campaign went in Fairfield, where he is hoping to retain his seat.

Coun Mohan said: "I think the result will be very close but whether Labour will take the council or not, it's too early to say.

"I have only been looking at what's happening in my ward so I'm pretty pleased with how it has gone.

"We were out campaigning and found people were very positive about voting for us.

"I think our campaign has been well received."

The cabinet member for communities and economic development added: "I think our record over the past eight years has been well received.

"And I think the deal with Westfield and Hammerson has gone down very well." 

 

1:12am

Heathfield candidate Andy Stranack is feeling confident of his chances heading into the count.

The Conservative, who has battled cancer over the past year, said: "It is looking very promising in Heathfield. We spent the whole day in New Addington today and I think it is going to be a challenge there.

"It is going to be tight but I suppose we have always known that so we will have to wait and see."

Croydon Guardian: Andy Stranack is the Conservatives candidate for Croydon North

12:59am

Conservative MP Gavin Barwell thinks Labour will take control of the council

Croydon Guardian:

12:51am

Remarkable words from Conservative MP Gavin Barwell, who at this early stage is pessimistic about his party's chances of extending its eight-year rein of control over Croydon Council. 

The Croydon Central MP has been running the campaign for the Conservatives in the marginal ward of Addiscombe but thinks the weeks of walking the streets and knocking on doors still might not be enough.

He said: "I think Labour will take control of the council tonight.

"People that live in the marginal wards see an intensive campaign but those in other areas do not see much at all.

"You get a reasonable number of your party's supporters and you get a number of opposition supporters as well when you are canvassing."

Croydon Conservatives' leader Coun Mike Fisher appears to be bolder, however. Asked if he was feeling confident, he replied: "I'm always feeling confident."

 

12:34am

We're two hours in and - remarkably - not a drop of coffee has been consumed yet by the Croydon Guardian team. A state of affairs that surely will not - nay, cannot - last.

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12:30am

Our friends in neighbouring borough Sutton are running a live blog of their own and have picked up what is likely to the be the strangest political scoop of the night.

Laughing-stock Lib Dem Lembit Opik has for some reason turned up at Sutton Council's count and has promised to topple Nick Clegg, the party's leader, if they perform poorly in the European elections.

12:25am

Electoral fraudsters beware... Chief Superintendent David Musker, Croydon's top cop, is in the house. 

Croydon Guardian:

 

12:06am

Andy Bloss has been playing with the settings on his phone's camera.

11:50pm

Incidentally, if you didn't vote today, you might get asked why. Worry not! Here's our handy excuse generator

11:47pm

Who did you vote for today? Did you vote at all? Let us know by posting a comment below or tweet @CroydonGuardian. If nothing else, the interaction might be the only thing that keeps us sane when the sleep deprivation kicks in.

11:32pm

This map shows the current ward-by-ward breakdown of Croydon Council. But how will it look tomorrow morning? 

Croydon Guardian:

11:26pm

The race to run Croydon Council is likely to go right to the wire with just three seats separating Mike Fisher's Conservatives and Tony Newman's Labour group in 2010's election. 

While we're waiting for the count to begin, read Andy Bloss's take on the crucial wards that will decide today's election and Chris Baynes's at-a-glance guide to the issues that have been dominating parties' campaigns.

11:13pm

Good evening, Croydon! The polls have closed and ballot boxes have begun to arrive at Trinity School, where the count is due to get underway shortly. Our reporters will be updating live from the count throughout the night. 

The first ward results are expected at around 3.30am with final results announced around 7am. 

 

 

Comments (5)

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12:31am Fri 23 May 14

ljconnor says...

Go lads!!!! Lads lads lads! Enjoy your sleepover ****
Go lads!!!! Lads lads lads! Enjoy your sleepover **** ljconnor
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10:05am Fri 23 May 14

alphabeti says...

LOL at Winston McKenzie. The only constant in your many electoral failures is yourself.
LOL at Winston McKenzie. The only constant in your many electoral failures is yourself. alphabeti
  • Score: 1

10:21am Fri 23 May 14

Prebs67 says...

Well done for being awake at this time! Shame Labour have taken over croydon council!
Well done for being awake at this time! Shame Labour have taken over croydon council! Prebs67
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10:23am Sat 24 May 14

Right Handed Thread says...

Well done Labour!!!! Great news!!!! now lets have more and more immigrants in to Croydon, just love it!!! lol
Well done Labour!!!! Great news!!!! now lets have more and more immigrants in to Croydon, just love it!!! lol Right Handed Thread
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9:23pm Sun 25 May 14

john nunn says...

And the conservatives blame anyone but themselves, shame on them, perhaps if they have the courage to look into a mirror they will see themselves to be the ones least deserving of the voting electorate.
And the conservatives blame anyone but themselves, shame on them, perhaps if they have the courage to look into a mirror they will see themselves to be the ones least deserving of the voting electorate. john nunn
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