Redditch (UK Parliament constituency)

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Redditch
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Redditch in Worcestershire.
Outline map
Location of Worcestershire within England.
County Worcestershire
Electorate 66,492 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of Parliament Karen Lumley (Conservative)
Number of members One
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency West Midlands

Redditch is a constituency[n 1] in East Worcestershire and in the south of the West Midlands (region) represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Karen Lumley, a Conservative.[n 2]

History[edit]

Redditch was created in 1997 following major changes to the Mid Worcestershire constituency.

Boundaries[edit]

Since the constituency's creation in 1997 it has consisted of the Borough of Redditch, and the District of Wychavon ward of Inkberrow.

This seat contains the whole of the borough of Redditch in the county of Worcestershire. To make the size of the constituency's electorate suitable, the nearby villages of Inkberrow, Callow Hill, Cookhill, Feckenham, and Astwood Bank were included upon the constituency's creation in 1997. For the 2010 general election the villages of Hanbury and the Lenches have been included, and the constituency reclassified from borough to county.[2]

Constituency profile[edit]

From 1983 to 1997 the town of Redditch was, based on a series of high majorities, in the Conservative safe seat of Mid Worcestershire. The first MP for that constituency, Eric Forth, moved to the equally safe seat of Bromley and Chislehurst in south east London as a result of major boundary changes in Worcestershire for the 1997 general election, and held that seat until his death in 2006. The seat has been a bellwether since 1997.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1997 Jacqui Smith Labour
2010 Karen Lumley Conservative

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Redditch
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Karen Lumley
Labour Rebecca Blake
Liberal Democrat None yet

2010[edit]

General Election 2010: Redditch[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Karen Lumley 19,138 43.5 +5.0
Labour Jacqui Smith 13,317 30.3 -13.4
Liberal Democrat Nicholas Lane 7,750 17.6 +3.2
UKIP Anne Davis 1,497 3.4 0.0
BNP Andy Ingram 1,394 3.2 +3.2
Green Kevin White 393 0.9 +0.9
English Democrats Vincent Schittone 255 0.6 +0.6
Christian Scott Beverley 101 0.2 +0.2
Independent Paul Swansborough 100 0.2 +0.2
Independent Derek Fletcher 73 0.2 +0.2
Majority 5,821 13.2
Turnout 44,018 64.2 +1.4
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +9.2

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Redditch
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jacqui Smith 18,012 44.7 −0.9
Conservative Karen Lumley 15,296 38.0 −0.9
Liberal Democrat Nigel Hicks 5,602 13.9 +3.6
UKIP John Paul Ison 1,381 3.4 0.0
Majority 2,716 6.7
Turnout 40,291 62.8 +3.6
Labour hold Swing 0.0
General Election 2001: Redditch
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jacqui Smith 16,899 45.6 -4.2
Conservative Karen Lumley 14,415 38.9 +2.8
Liberal Democrat Michael Ashall 3,808 10.3 -0.7
UKIP George Flynn 1,259 3.4 N/A
Green Richard Armstrong 651 1.8 N/A
Majority 2,484 6.7
Turnout 37,032 59.2 -14.3
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Redditch
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jacqui Smith 22,280 49.8
Conservative Anthea McIntyre 16,155 36.1
Liberal Democrat Malcolm Hall 4,935 11.0
Referendum Party Richard Cox 1,151 3.4
Natural Law Paul Davis 227 0.5
Majority 6,125
Turnout 44,748 73.5

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.
References

Coordinates: 52°15′N 1°57′W / 52.25°N 1.95°W / 52.25; -1.95