LABOUR HAVE taken control of Croydon council after an eight-year gap winning 40 seats to the Conservatives 30.
In the two key marginals they gained all three seats in Waddon ward – which went Conservative in 2010 as well as regaining one of the two seats in New Addington ward and retaining the other.
Simon Hoar, cabinet member for community safety and public protection, was one of two sitting members who lost his seat in Waddon.
In the one surprise result of the night Labour also took all three Tory-held seats in Ashburton ward where the gap between the third-placed Conservative candidate and fourth-placed Labour candidate in 2010 was 632 votes. Previous council: Con 37 Lab: 33
Conservative leader Cllr Mike Fishertold the Croydon Advertiser he blamed Conservative voters who voted UKIP for the results.
RESULTS AWAITED from Bromley, Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham.