#ELLGE2015 Croydon: what you need to know

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GE2015 mapped: polling stations

The Croydon result is expected to be declared at around 2:45am tomorrow morning.

Croydon is a diverse area, with one Labour-held and two Conservative-held constituencies. The result in the marginal seat of Croydon Central will be of national significance: as one of the 12 key battleground constituencies, it is considered a must-win for Labour if they are to form the next government. The Conservatives won the seat in 2010 with a slim 5.8 per cent majority over Labour.

Emily Benn, granddaughter of the talismanic late Labour MP Tony Benn, is contesting the safe Conservative seat of Croydon South against incumbent MP Gavin Barwell. Her campaign has focused on getting young people to vote and become more involved in politics. Labour’s Steve Reed is looking to be returned in Croydon North, having won the by-election there in 2012.

If you’re a first-time voter, or have simply forgotten how to do it, it could be worth brushing up on your polling dos and don’ts.

For more on Croydon constituencies, read our series of constituency profiles:

For updates from the count, follow our correspondents who will be at Fairfield Halls in central Croydon through the night:

Lauren Rickard

Oliver Imhof

Additional reporting by Oliver Imhof.

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