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 Wyre Forest
Independent Kidderminster Hosp gain from Labour
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Richard Taylor Kidderminster Hosp 28,487 58.1  
David Lock Labour 10,857 22.1 -26.7
Mark Simpson Conservative 9,350 19.1 -17.0
Jim Millington UK Independence 368 0.8 +0.2
Majority 17,630 35.9
Turnout 49,062 68.0 -7.3
Swing
Against 1997 General Election  
Lab-Con (against 1997) 4.8% from Labour to Conservative

Description
This seat is a curious mix of rural and urban elements. Kidderminster is an old town with a new town feel, and an economy based on carpet manufacture, whereas Stourport is an altogether more picturesque place reliant upon tourism for its income as much as anything else.

Outside the towns, agriculture provides a livelihood for many inhabitants, but commuters to various West Midlands towns form the majority of residents. With the Severn and two canals running through the constituency, sailing, boating and fishing are popular pastimes.

Labour holds 11 council seats here, yet the largest group is made up of the 18 Independent Kidderminster Save Our Hospital councillors. The downgrading of the local hospital in Kidderminster and the closure of its accident and emergency department is a major issue in this seat.

An independent candidate Richard Taylor is contesting this seat under the "save our hospital" banner. The LibDems announced on 16 May that they were not contesting this seat, and would instead back Dr Taylor.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Wyre Forest
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
David Lock Labour 26,843 48.8
Anthony Coombs Conservative 19,897 36.1
David Cropp Liberal Democrat 4,377 8.0
William Till Referendum 1,956 3.6
Chris Harvey Liberal Party 1,670 3.0
James Millington UK Independence 312 0.6
Majority 6,946 12.6
Turnout 55,055 75.3
 
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