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Wyre Forest
County constituency
Wyre Forest shown within Worcestershire, and Worcestershire shown within England
Created: 1983
MP: Richard Taylor
Party: Health Concern
Type: House of Commons
County: Worcestershire
EP 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 boundaries of the Wyre Forest constituency almost exactly follow those of the identically-named Wyre Forest district, and the Boundary Commission has recommended that for subsequent elections the few remaining differences be removed. Other parts of the district are currently part of the Leominster constituency.


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.

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

Election Member Party
1983 Esmond Bulmer Conservative
1987 Anthony Coombs Conservative
1997 David Lock Labour
2001 Richard Taylor Health Concern



Elections in the 2000s

Confirmed candidates for the next UK general election [1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Health Concern Richard Taylor
Conservative Mark Garnier[3]
Green Kate Spohrer
Labour Nigel Knowles
Liberal Democrat Neville Farmer
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 -26.6
Conservative Mark Simpson 9,350 19.1 -17.1
UKIP Jim Millington 368 0.8 +0.2
Majority 17630 36.0
Turnout 49,062 68.0 -7.3
Health Concern gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1990s

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 W. 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

See also


  1. ^ Wyre Forest, UKPollingReport
  2. ^ Neville Farmer candidate...] Colin Ross
  3. ^ Mark Garnier's campaign website The interactive website for Mark Garnier's 2010 campaign

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


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