Mr Reed, the current leader of Lambeth Borough Council, dedicated his win to his late predecessor Mr Wicks, pledging to carry on his work, and attacked David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson in his acceptance speech.
– Steve Reed, leader of Lambeth Borough Council
Tonight the people of Croydon North sent a clear message to David Cameron," he said.
He cannot be the one-nation prime minister Britain needs if he stands by doing nothing while Croydon faces one of the highest levels of youth unemployment in London.
He cannot be the one-nation prime minister Britain needs if he is giving tax cuts to millionaires while pensioners here in Croydon are left to pay more.
David Cameron needs to listen. People are hurting because his economic policies are not working. He must change course on the economy.