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 Worcestershire Mid
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Peter Luff Conservative 22,937 51.1 +3.7
David Bannister Labour 12,310 27.4 -1.5
Robert Browne Liberal Democrat 8,420 18.8 +0.2
Anthony Eaves UK Independence 1,230 2.7 +1.4
Majority 10,627 23.7
Turnout 44,897 62.4 -11.9
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.6% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Apart from the towns of Droitwich and Evesham this is a rural area with an important fruit growing and market gardening industry around Evesham. Rural concerns are thus uppermost in the minds of Peter Luff - until recently the Chair of the Agriculture Select Committee - and its residents.

But picturesque as it is, the seat is not free from transport blight. Local efforts to obtain a bypass for the village of Wyre Piddle are ongoing, to reduce the effect of heavy lorries driving from the nearby landfill site.

There is also some commuting from here to the West Midlands conurbation via the M5, which passes through the constituency. The motorway has also attracted some light industry. Car ownership is high (81%) as are the numbers of managerial or technical occupations.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Worcestershire Mid
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Peter Luff Conservative 24,092 47.4
Diane Smith Labour 14,680 28.9
David Barwick Liberal Democrat 9,458 18.6
Terence Watson Referendum 1,780 3.5
D C Ingles UK Independence 646 1.3
Alan Dyer Natural Law 163 0.3
Majority 9,412 18.5
Turnout 50,819 74.3
 
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