Wyre Forest (UK Parliament constituency)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Wyre Forest
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Wyre Forest in Worcestershire.
Outline map
Location of Worcestershire within England.
County Worcestershire
Electorate 77,800 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Bewdley
Kidderminster
Stourport-on-Severn
Current constituency
Created 1983 (1983)
Member of Parliament Mark Garnier (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Kidderminster
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency West Midlands

Wyre Forest is a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. The current MP is Mark Garnier of the Conservative Party who was elected at the 2010 general election.

Boundaries[edit]

The Wyre Forest constituency as it was drawn for the 1997 election is almost coterminous with Wyre Forest district, with around 2,000 electors from the district in the neighbouring Leominster constituency. Following its review of parliamentary constituencies in advance of the 2010 election, the Boundary Commission has recommended the portions of the district currently in Leominster move into this seat, making the constituency and district wholly coterminous.

These changes have been brought about in part by the consideration of Worcestershire and Herefordshire separately for the drawing of parliamentary constituency boundaries.

History[edit]

The Wyre Forest constituency was first fought under its present name in the 1983 general election, having succeeded the old Kidderminster seat, and was won for the Conservatives by Esmond Bulmer. Wyre Forest was held with relative ease by the Conservatives' Anthony Coombs in the 1987 and 1992 general elections; however the 1997 Labour landslide saw that party gain the seat with David Lock securing a majority of almost 7,000. Anger over the downgrading of Kidderminster Hospital reflected on Lock at the 2001 election, and Health Concern's Richard Taylor stormed to a decisive victory, then held the seat with a considerably reduced majority in 2005. Taylor lost to the Conservatives in the 2010 general election.[2]

Turnout in the Wyre Forest at general elections has generally been around 2-3% above the national average, but in 2001 the constituency recorded a 68.0% turnout as against 59.4% nationally; this spike (not repeated in 2005) is widely attributed to the intense local feelings on the hospital issue.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1983 Esmond Bulmer Conservative
1987 Anthony Coombs Conservative
1997 David Lock Labour
2001 Richard Taylor Health Concern
2010 Mark Garnier Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Wyre Forest[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mark Garnier 18,793 36.9 +7.8
Health Concern Richard Taylor 16,150 31.7 −6.9
Labour Nigel Knowles 7,298 14.3 −8.2
Liberal Democrat Neville Farmer 6,040 11.9 N/A
UKIP Michael Wrench 1,498 2.9 +0.6
BNP Gordon Howells 1,120 2.2 N/A
Majority 2,643 5.2
Turnout 50,899 66.8 +2.9
Conservative gain from Health Concern Swing

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Wyre Forest
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Health Concern Richard Taylor 18,739 39.9 −18.2
Conservative Mark Garnier 13,489 28.7 +9.6
Labour Marc Bayliss 10,716 22.8 +0.7
Liberal Frances Oborski 2,666 5.7 N/A
UKIP Rustie Lee 1,074 2.3 +1.5
Monster Raving Loony Bert Priest 303 0.6 N/A
Majority 5,250 11.2
Turnout 46,987 64.2 −3.8
Health Concern hold Swing −13.9
General Election 2001: Wyre Forest
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Health Concern Richard Taylor 28,487 58.1 N/A
Labour David Lock 10,857 22.1 −26.7
Conservative Mark Simpson 9,350 19.1 −17.1
UKIP Jim Millington 368 0.8 +0.2
Majority 17,630 36.0
Turnout 49,062 68.0 −7.3
Health Concern gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Wyre Forest
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Lock 26,843 48.8
Conservative Anthony Coombs 19,897 36.1
Liberal Democrat David Cropp 4,377 8.0
Referendum Party William Till 1,956 3.6
Liberal C. Harvey 1,670 3.0
UKIP Jim Millington 312 0.6
Majority 6,946
Turnout 75.4
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1992: Wyre Forest[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Coombs 28,983 47.8 +0.7
Labour Ross Maden 18,642 30.8 +11.9
Liberal Democrat Mark D. Jones 12,958 21.4 −12.6
Majority 10,341 17.1 +3.9
Turnout 60,583 82.3 +4.8
Conservative hold Swing −5.6

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Wyre Forest
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Coombs 25,877 47.14
Liberal AJ Batchelor 18,653 33.98
Labour N Knowles 10,365 18.88
Majority 7,224 13.16
Turnout 77.55
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Wyre Forest
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Esmond Bulmer 24,809 48.37
Liberal AJ Batchelor 16,632 32.43
Labour RB Williams 9,850 19.20
Majority 8,177 15.94
Turnout 75.10
Conservative hold Swing

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Tory hails 'fresh start' for Wyre Forest - Kidderminster Shuttle
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 5)[self-published source][better source needed]
  4. ^ "Wyre Forest". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  5. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 

Coordinates: 52°24′N 2°15′W / 52.40°N 2.25°W / 52.40; -2.25