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Borough constituency
Worcester shown within Worcestershire, and Worcestershire shown within England
Created: 1295
MP: Michael Foster
Party: Labour
Type: House of Commons
County: Worcestershire
EP constituency: West Midlands

Worcester is a borough 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 constituency covers the city of Worcester, with exactly the same boundaries as the city. It borders the Mid Worcestershire constituency to the east, and West Worcestershire to the west.


A Conservative seat for many years, Worcester was represented by the high-profile Conservative cabinet minister Peter Walker for three decades, from a by-election in 1961 until he stood down in 1992. Peter Luff (also Conservative) held the seat until 1997, when he moved to the new Mid Worcestershire constituency.

Michael Foster of the Labour Party took the seat in the 1997 general election. This can be put down to a combination of Labour's landslide victory nationally, but also to the fact that boundary changes meant the constituency was now solely an urban area, rather than also containing much of the surrounding countryside.

Peter Walker's son, Robin Walker, was selected as the Conservative candidate for the seat in August 2006.

The constituency is marginal and has been selected as a "target" by the Conservative Party.

Many political commentators and journalists look on Worcester as having the demographic statistics which most closely mirror those in the United Kingdom as a whole. As such the term "Worcester Woman" has come into use as a description for a typical voter.[citation needed]

Members of Parliament

  • Constituency created in 1295

MPs 1660-1885

Year First member Second member
1660 Thomas Street Thomas Hall
1661 Sir Rowland Berkeley
1679 Sir Francis Winnington
1681 Henry Herbert, later Baron Herbert
1685 Sir William Bromley Bridges Nanfan
1689 Sir John Somers
1693 Samuel Swift
1694 Charles Cocks
1695 Samuel Swift
1701 Thomas Wylde
1718 Samuel Sandys, later Baron Sandys
1727 Sir Richard Lane
1734 Richard Lockwood
1741 Thomas Winnington
1744 Sir Henry Harpur
1746 Thomas Vernon
1747 Thomas Geers Winford
1748 Robert Tracy
1754 Henry Crabb-Boulton
1761 John Walsh
1773 Thomas Bates Rous
1774, Mar Nicholas Lechmere
1774, Oct Thomas Bates Rous
1780 William Ward, later Viscount Dudley
1784 Samuel Smith
1789 Edmund Wigley
1790 Edmund Lechmere
1796 Abraham Robarts
1802 Joseph Scott
1806 Henry Bromley
1807 William Gordon
1816 Viscount Deerhurst
1818 Thomas Henry Hastings Davies
1826 George Richard Robinson
1835 Joseph Bailey
1837 Thomas Henry Hastings Davies
1841 Sir Thomas Wilde, later Baron Truro
1846 Sir Denis Le Marchant
1847 Osman Ricardo Francis Rufford
1852 William Laslett
1860 Richard Padmore
1865 Alexander Clunes Sheriff
1868 William Laslett
1874 Thomas Rowley Hill
1878 John Derby Allcroft
1880 Aeneas John McIntyre
1885 Representation reduced to one member

MPs 1885-present

Election Member Party
1885 George Higginson Allsopp
1906 George Henry Williamson
1908 by-election Sir Edward Alfred Goulding, later Baron Wargrave Conservative
1922 Richard Robert Fairbairn Liberal
1923 William Greene Conservative
1945 George Ward Conservative
1961 by-election Peter Walker Conservative
1992 Peter Luff Conservative
1997 Michael Foster Labour

Election results

General Election 2010: Worcester
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Jackie Alderson[1]
UKIP Jack Bennett[2]
Labour Michael Foster
Pirate Party UK Andrew Robinson
Green Louis Stephen
Conservative Robin Walker
General Election 2005: Worcester
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael Foster 19,421 41.9 −6.7
Conservative Margaret Harper 16,277 35.1 −0.4
Liberal Democrat Mary Dhonau 7,557 16.3 +3.7
UKIP Richard Chamings 1,113 2.4 −0.9
BNP Martin Roberts 980 2.1 N/A
Green Chris Lennard 921 2.0 N/A
Independent (politician) Prudence Dowson 119 0.3 N/A
Majority 3,144 6.8
Turnout 46,388 64.1 +2.1
Labour hold Swing −3.2
General Election 2001: Worcester
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael Foster 21,478 48.6 -1.5
Conservative Richard Adams 15,712 35.5 -0.2
Liberal Democrat Paul Chandler 5,578 12.6 +0.1
UKIP Richard Chamings 1,442 3.3 +1.5
Majority 5,766 13.1
Turnout 44,210 62.0 -12.5
Labour hold Swing

See also


Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs

Coordinates: 52°12′N 2°12′W / 52.20°N 2.20°W / 52.20; -2.20


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