2015 Result:
Conservative: 22534 (45.3%)
Labour: 16888 (34%)
Lib Dem: 1677 (3.4%)
Green: 2024 (4.1%)
UKIP: 6378 (12.8%)
TUSC: 153 (0.3%)
Independent: 69 (0.1%)
MAJORITY: 5646 (11.4%)

Category: Semi-marginal Conservative seat

Geography: West Midlands, Hereford and Worcester.

Main population centres:



Current MP
ROBIN WALKER (Conservative) Born 1978, son of former cabinet minister Peter Walker. Educated at St Pauls School and Oxford University. Former Communications advisor. First elected as MP for Worcester in 2010.
Past Results
Con: 19358 (40%)
Lab: 16376 (33%)
LDem: 9525 (19%)
UKIP: 1360 (3%)
Oth: 2355 (5%)
MAJ: 2982 (6%)
Con: 16277 (35%)
Lab: 19421 (42%)
LDem: 7557 (16%)
UKIP: 1113 (2%)
Oth: 2020 (4%)
MAJ: 3144 (7%)
Con: 15712 (36%)
Lab: 21478 (49%)
LDem: 5578 (13%)
UKIP: 1442 (3%)
MAJ: 5766 (13%)
Con: 18423 (36%)
Lab: 25848 (50%)
LDem: 6462 (13%)
Oth: 886 (2%)
MAJ: 7425 (14%)

2015 Candidates
ROBIN WALKER (Conservative) See above.
JOY SQUIRES (Labour) Born Shrewsbury. University lecturer. Worcester councillor.
FREDERICA SMITH (Liberal Democrat) Educated at Aberystwyth University. Customer services manager. Taunton Deane councillor since 2013.
LOUIS STEPHEN (Green) Engineering manager. Contested Worcester 2010.
MARK SHUKER (Independent)
Comments - 110 Responses on “Worcester”
  1. Wouldn’t they be better having an approved candidates list, where people sit a basic assessment, have a DBS check and make sure their social media is reasonable… and then anyone can apply to a CLP for consideration?

    Though I think in the current climate, everything is dismissed as smears, fake news, establishment closing ranks etc

  2. Tbf I don’t understand how some of these candidates arent pulled up by their local party over social media. I wouldnt have gotten away with it

  3. Agree Matt.

    If I was a supporter of a wannabe candidate who’s had some questionable social media posts, I’d just say ‘come off Facebook and Twitter’ or ask they start again.

    The chances of someone screenshotting everything you’ve ever posted and being able to strike when needed are minimal…

  4. The thing is, it’s very difficult indeed to expunge all traces of your former self from the internet. Ben Bradley scrubbed his Facebook & Twitter entirely but still got tripped up over comments he had made, under a pseudonym, on an obscure blog. And of course, if people screenshot something you wrote, you literally can’t delete it.

  5. She’s been dropped as a candidate. See ya!

  6. Green Cllr Louise Griffiths has defected to the Conservatives here, (citing anti-Semitism in the Greens).

    That gives them a majority of 1 on the Council.

  7. If you wanted to join a political party free from bigotry… well, let’s just say the Tories would not be my choice.

  8. DR JOHN
    Generally right Tim, although one cannot generalise about cathedral cities. I don’t think Labour will ever be competitive in Chichester, Canterbury or Guildford.
    April 14th, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Famous last words…

    Matt has already referred to this I think. Interesting reply:
    Matt Wilson
    Canterbury seemed unlikely at the time until politics finally caught up with the 2008 financial crisis and went cuckoo.
    April 23rd, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    Dr John was originally naming cathedral towns that Labour couldn’t possibly be competitive in. Labour were third in Canterbury in 2010, behind the Lib Dems, but judging by the results, it looks like the LDs basically stole Labour’s thunder at that time – especially amongst students, a key demographic in Canterbury. The LDs were only 12.3% behind the Tories. Come 2015, the LDs collapsed, and then Corbyn appealed strongly to the student/Green/LD vote. There was also Brexit, and the Tory MP supporting it. Basically the perfect storm for Labour to take Canterbury. Those shock 2017 results didn’t come from nowhere – Labour had come close to taking Canterbury in 1997/2001, and Kensington in a 1988 by-election. On the Tory side, they’d come close to taking Mansfield in 1987 too. So maybe seats which have been narrowly held in recent decades might be a good indicator of future shifts.

  9. Chuka Umunna’s Worcester/Wichita gaffe from 2014 is quite funny, looking back through this thread. I hadn’t been aware of it at the time. It reminds me of two recent radio comments by London-based presenters live on air: Robert Elms on BBC London didn’t believe there was such a place as Norbiton, and Nick Abbott on LBC didn’t believe there was a place called Chertsey. I know that neither were actually disputing the existence of those areas, but rather that in their inner-city metropolitan mindset, those places didn’t exist, because they’d never heard of them. Both Norbiton and Chertsey were historically in Surrey. Is it that some London media types don’t get the suburbs?

    Runnymede may have been right when he said of Umunna, “Does again demonstrate the incredible narrowness of outlook of the SPAD political class though…the world outside a few smart London postcodes is a mystery to them.” That’s the thing – presenters like Elms and Abbott probably both live in London postcodes (ie. N, W, S, E). Actually both Norbiton and Chertsey have Kingston postcodes.

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