Mid Worcestershire (UK Parliament constituency)

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Mid Worcestershire
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Mid Worcestershire in Worcestershire.
Outline map
Location of Worcestershire within England.
County Worcestershire
Electorate 71,660 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Droitwich Spa and Evesham
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of Parliament Peter Luff (Conservative)
Number of members One
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency West Midlands

Mid Worcestershire is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by Peter Luff, a Conservative.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

1983-1997: The District of Wychavon wards of Bowbrook, Claines Central and West, Claines East, Dodderhill, Droitwich Central, Droitwich South, Droitwich West, Hanbury, Hartlebury, Lovett, and Ombersley; and the Borough of Redditch.

1997-2010: The District of Wychavon wards of Badsey, Bowbrook, Bretforton and Offenham, Broadway, Dodderhill, Drakes Broughton, Droitwich Central, Droitwich South, Droitwich West, Evesham East, Evesham Hampton, Evesham North, Evesham South, Evesham West, Fladbury, Hanbury, Hartlebury, Harvington and Norton, Honeybourne and Pebworth, Lenches, Lovett, North Claines, Ombersley, Pinvin, Spetchley, The Littletons, Upton Snodsbury, and Wickhamford.

2010-present: The District of Wychavon wards of Badsey, Bengeworth, Bowbrook, Bretforton and Offenham, Broadway and Wickhamford, Dodderhill, Drakes Broughton, Droitwich Central, Droitwich East, Droitwich South East, Droitwich South West, Droitwich West, Evesham North, Evesham South, Fladbury, Great Hampton, Hartlebury, Harvington and Norton, Honeybourne and Pebworth, Little Hampton, Lovett and North Claines, Norton and Whittington, Ombersley, Pinvin, The Littletons, and Upton Snodsbury.

The present Mid Worcestershire constituency, has existed almost intact since 1997,[n 3] covers central and south-eastern parts of the county of Worcestershire. It covers most of the Wychavon district, including Broadway, Droitwich and Evesham, but excluding the areas around Pershore (which is in the Worcestershire West constituency) and ward of Inkberrow (in the Redditch constituency).

The original constituency, which was created in 1983, covered a much different area. Situated to the north of Worcester, it included the towns of Droitwich and Redditch.

History[edit]

Eric Forth of the Conservative Party represented the original Mid Worcestershire constituency from 1983 until 1997. Following the considerable boundary changes (described above) that took effect at the 1997 general election, Peter Luff (whose Worcester constituency considerably overlapped the new seat) was selected as the Conservative candidate, and has remained as MP since then. (Eric Forth was at the same election instead elected for Bromley and Chislehurst, which seat he held until his death in 2006.)

Constituency profile[edit]

Income levels are on average considerably higher than the national average[2] and levels of rented[3] and social housing[2] are below the national average, particularly levels seen in cities.

The constituency includes the towns of Droitwich Spa and Evesham and the many semi-rural villages around the cathedral city of Worcester, in an undulating part of the West Midlands with good access to its central commercial, service sector and industrial areas.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
1983 Eric Forth Conservative
1997 Peter Luff Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Mid Worcestershire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nigel Huddleston
Liberal Democrat Margaret Rowley[5]
General Election 2010: Mid Worcestershire[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Luff 27,770 54.5 +3.2
Liberal Democrat Margaret Rowley 11,906 23.4 +3.1
Labour Robin Lunn 7,613 14.9 -9.1
UKIP John White 3,049 6.0 +1.6
Green Gordon Matthews 593 1.2 +1.2
Majority 15,864 31.1
Turnout 50,931 70.6 +4.0
Conservative hold Swing 0.0

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Mid Worcestershire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Luff 24,783 51.5 +0.4
Labour Matthew Gregson 11,456 23.8 −3.6
Liberal Democrat Margaret Rowley 9,796 20.4 +1.6
UKIP Anthony Eaves 2,092 4.3 +1.6
Majority 13,327 27.7
Turnout 48,127 67.3 +5.0
Conservative hold Swing +2.0
General Election 2001: Mid Worcestershire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Luff 22,937 51.1
Labour David Bannister 12,310 27.4
Liberal Democrat Robert Browne 8,420 18.8
UKIP Anthony Eaves 1,230 2.7
Majority 10,627 23.7
Turnout 62.4
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Mid Worcestershire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Luff 24,092 47.41
Labour Diane Smith 14,680 28.89
Liberal Democrat David J. Barwick 9,458 18.61
Referendum Party T Watson 1,780 3.50
UKIP D Ingles 646 1.27
Natural Law A Dyer 163 0.32
Majority 9,412 18.52
Turnout 74.29
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1992: Mid Worcestershire[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Eric Forth 33,964 49.7 −1.9
Labour Jacqui Smith 24,094 35.3 +7.8
Liberal Democrat David J. Barwick 9,745 14.3 −6.7
Natural Law P Davis 520 0.8 +0.8
Majority 9,870 14.4 −9.7
Turnout 68,323 81.1 +4.4
Conservative hold Swing +4.9

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Mid Worcestershire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Eric Forth 31,854 51.58
Labour P Pinfield 16,943 27.44
Social Democrat E Harwood 12,954 20.98
Majority 14,911 24.15
Turnout 76.62
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Mid Worcestershire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Eric Forth 28,159 50.86
Labour RE Maher 14,954 25.20
Social Democrat M Fairhead 12,866 23.24
Nobody Party DW Fletcher 386 0.70
Majority 14,205 25.66
Turnout 74.56
Conservative hold Swing

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
  3. ^ Before the 2010 change, only a share of the polling districts of Fladbury and Inkberrow where in the constituency, now instead all of Fladbury is and Inkberrow is not.
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b 2001 Census
  3. ^ 2011 census interactive maps
  4. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 5)[self-published source][better source needed]
  5. ^ "Liberal Democrats adopt Margaret Rowley as their Parliamentary Candidate". Mid Worcestershire Liberal Democrats. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Mid Worcestershire, UKPollingReport
  7. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 

Coordinates: 52°09′N 2°03′W / 52.15°N 2.05°W / 52.15; -2.05