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 Worcester
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Michael Foster Labour 21,478 48.6 -1.5
Richard Adams Conservative 15,712 35.5 -0.2
Paul Chandler Liberal Democrat 5,578 12.6 +0.1
Richard Chamings UK Independence 1,442 3.3 +1.6
Majority 5,766 13.0
Turnout 44,210 62.0 -12.6
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.7% from Labour to Conservative

Description
In terms of its social make-up Worcester is almost a microcosm of the country as a whole. Data from the 1991 census shows the constituency to be very similar to the national average in terms of its class composition, proportion of ethnic minority voters, average age and housing tenure.

Unemployment however is below average. Employment in the service sector such as administration, hotels, distribution and shops takes up about 80% of the total.

The seat covers the city and its surrounding area, including the cathedral and Guildhall, and the Worcester racecourse, where proposals to build a giant drainage ditch are proving controversial.

Unsurprisingly, the city is also home to the Royal Worcester porcelain factory and its many associated gift shops and museums. Worcester was also the birthplace of composer Sir Edward Elgar, and the city hosts the ‘Three Choirs’ festival every three years.

Labour won this seat for the first time in 1997, it generally having been traditionally Tory.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Worcester
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Mike Foster Labour 25,848 50.1
Nicholas Bourne Conservative 18,423 35.7
Paul Chandler Liberal Democrat 6,462 12.5
P Wood UK Independence 886 1.7
Majority 7,425 14.4
Turnout 51,619 74.6
 
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