Mid Worcestershire

2015 Result:
Conservative: 29763 (57%)
Labour: 7548 (14.5%)
Lib Dem: 3750 (7.2%)
Green: 1933 (3.7%)
UKIP: 9231 (17.7%)
MAJORITY: 20532 (39.3%)

Category: Ultra-safe Conservative seat

Geography: West Midlands, Hereford and Worcester. Part of Wychavon council area.

Main population centres: Evesham, Droitwich.

Profile: A long, mainly rural seat that covers the stretch of countryside inbetween Worcester and Redditch, south of Birmingham. The constituency runs from near Kidderminster in the north, all the way to the Cotswold village of Broadway to the south. There are two main towns in the seat, the market town of Evesham and the spa town of Droitwich, both of which are popular commuter towns. The local economy is largely light industry, farming and distribution.

Politics: There are some pockets of Labour support in Evesham and Droitwich, but overall the seat is strongly and safely Conservative. UKIP managed to retain their deposit here in 2010 and came second in 2015.


Current MP
NIGEL HUDDLESTON (Conservative) Born 1970, Lincoln. Educated at Robert Pattinson Comprehensive and Oxford University. Former head of travel industry at Google. Contested Luton South 2010. First elected as MP for Worcestershire Mid in 2015.
Past Results
2010
Con: 27770 (55%)
Lab: 7613 (15%)
LDem: 11906 (23%)
UKIP: 3049 (6%)
Oth: 593 (1%)
MAJ: 15864 (31%)
2005*
Con: 24783 (51%)
Lab: 11456 (24%)
LDem: 9796 (20%)
UKIP: 2092 (4%)
MAJ: 13327 (28%)
2001
Con: 22937 (51%)
Lab: 12310 (27%)
LDem: 8420 (19%)
UKIP: 1230 (3%)
MAJ: 10627 (24%)
1997
Con: 24092 (47%)
Lab: 14680 (29%)
LDem: 9458 (19%)
Oth: 809 (2%)
MAJ: 9412 (19%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
NIGEL HUDDLESTON (Conservative) Born 1970, Lincoln. Educated at Robert Pattinson Comprehensive and Oxford University. Head of travel industry at Google. Contested Luton South 2010.
ROBIN LUNN (Labour) Business partnerships manager. Worcestershire councillor. Contested Mid Worcestershire 2010.
MARGARET ROWLEY (Liberal Democrat) Educated at Queen Elizabeths Grammar and Nottingham University. Head of knowledge manager for hospital trust. Wychavon councillor since 1995. Contested Bromsgrove 2001, Mid Worcestershire 2005, 2010.
RICHARD KEEL (UKIP)
NEIL FRANKS (Green)
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Comments - 37 Responses on “Worcestershire Mid”
  1. Conservatives: open primary.

  2. why? is he retiring? submitting sitting MPs to open primaries is open season for a Tea Party-like phenomenon….

    I prefer the old way, of backroom assassination of MPs who have fallen into ideological disfavour..

  3. Yes, Luff is retiring. Unsurprisingly, ex-army types and doctors seem to very popular as far as open primaries are concerned: for example, in Beckenham, Tonbridge&Malling, Totnes.

  4. Only ex-army I am cool with is Rory Stewart…

    the rest sound like the proverbial Colonel Blimp…

  5. I don’t understand why – have a tendency to be self-important and bossy. I’d be prefer a commercial type, especially someone who started their own small business.

    At least we don’t have human rights lawyers and diversity officers mind!

  6. I suspect more human rights lawyers vote Conservative than you think Joe!

  7. And I know a transsexual diversity officer on the Tory candidates list….

  8. Is that an individual who used to be in labour?

  9. Commercial types probably won’t do very well in open primaries because of the resentment that the average person has for anyone who makes money through business. Just a prediction…

  10. “And I know a transsexual diversity officer on the Tory candidates list”

    Anyone who fancies beoming an MP has a great opportunity with Cameron as Conservative leader.

    As long as they tick a couple of diversity boxes and are willing to mouth the fashionable slogans.

  11. Joe R ‘Id’ prefer a commercial type, especially someone who started their own small business’.

    Like Grant Schapps perhaps?

    I do see your point, Joe, but I’m a bit sceptical about having too many commercial people. I worry about MPs who know the price of everything but the value of nothing.

  12. Of course not all commercial people are like that but some are. And whilst that outlook is good for business, it isn’t always good for politics.

  13. Joe: yes, it is. You no doubt know who I mean.

    I feel there’s just far too much naked ambition there and a total lack of any real belief or commitment.

  14. And Helen Grant (Maidstone) was a human rights lawyer….

  15. Interesting that this seat includes Broadway, one of the most visited places in The Cotswolds. One almost thinks it ought to be in Gloucestershire rather than a county which is part of the West Midlands region.

  16. One almost thinks it ought to be in Gloucestershire rather than a county which is part of the West Midlands region.

    The Cotwolds are split between four counties. The bulk is in Gloucestershire, but it the North Cotswolds also spills over to South Worcestershire, South West Warwickshire and North West Oxfordshire

  17. Wiltshire and Somerset too.

  18. Well Somerset might be pushing it.

  19. It could be argued that the Cotwolds extend into parts of Wiltshire and Somerset

    To the south the Cotswolds reach beyond Bath, and towns such as Chipping Sodbury and Marshfield certainly share elements of Cotswold character

    Nicest part of the country IMO

  20. Conservative longlist of 13:

    Kashif Ali
    Edward Argar
    Vicky Atkins
    Nusrat Ghani
    Martin Howe
    Nigel Huddleston
    Seema Kennedy
    Wendy Morton
    Spencer Pitfield
    David Skelton
    Michelle Tempest
    Maggie Throup
    Nick Timothy

    http://www.conservativehome.com/parliament/2013/11/introducing-the-13-candidates-on-the-longlist-for-mid-worcestershire.html

  21. The shortlist is apparently as follows:

    Nigel Huddleston – works for Google, Tory Reform Group, second in Luton South in 2010

    Edward Argar – Westminster councillor, third in Oxford East in 2010

    Victoria Atkins – criminal prosecutor, second in the Gloucestershire PCC election

    Nusrat Ghani – public affairs, third in Birmingham Ladywood in 2010

  22. Interesting to see the Northern Cameroon David Skelton on the list. He appears an odd fit for a seat like Mid Worcestershire.

  23. Not altogether surprised to see that Skelton didn’t make the shortlist.

  24. Why’s that?

  25. Huddleston shortlisted in Newark, Argar in Newark and Tonbridge, Atkins in Tonbridge, Ghani longlisted in Croydon South.

  26. Because I don’t think Skelton is terribly interested in the lives of people in rural, non-metropolitan England.

  27. A message that might be useful to anyone in this constituency who might want to take part in the open primary:

    “Harriett Baldwin Verified account ‏@HBaldwinMP 29m

    Live in Mid Worcs? Register to vote for the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate at this Friday’s Open Primary http://www.midworcestershireconservatives.org.uk/news/press-release-conservative-candidate-your-choice …”

    https://twitter.com/HBaldwinMP/status/402520499680317440

  28. Nigel Huddleston is the new Conservative candidate

  29. Reward for plodding the mean streets of Luton South in 2010.

  30. Luff got a knighthood in the 2014 New Year Honours list

  31. prediction for 2015-

    con- 53%
    UKIP-16%
    lib- 14%
    lab- 13%
    green- 2%

    While this will obviously stay a conservative seat, the rise of UKIP, the drastic fall of the liberal democrat vote and the small spike in popularity for the greens will change things up quite a lot here.

  32. prediction for 2015-

    con- 53%
    UKIP-16%
    lib- 14%
    lab- 13%
    green- 2%

    While this will obviously stay a conservative seat, the rise of UKIP, the drastic fall of the liberal democrat vote and the small spike in popularity for the greens will change things up quite a lot here.

  33. Looks like another Tory moderate MP. Its a bit of a tradition here

  34. ‘Looks like another Tory moderate MP. Its a bit of a tradition here’

    Not sure that’s quite right given parts of this seat have been represented in recent years by staunch right-wingers like Eric Forth and Michael Spicer

    Luff of course originally replaced the very moderate Peter Walker in Worcester in 1992 and then departed with its rural fringe to the new seat created in 97

  35. Conservative Hold. 18,000 majority.

  36. Very comfortable hold for the new MP Nigel Huddleston. Many will remember him as the Tory candidate in Luton South in 2010, when Esther Rantzen stood as an Independent, which no doubt brought him more attention and wider media exposure- it couldn’t have hurt his chances of being selected here?

  37. Droitwich has been in:

    Droitwich 1885-1918
    Evesham 1918-1950
    Worcester 1950-1983
    Mid Worcestershire 1983-present

    In 1997, when this seat was drastically refashioned to remove Redditch and bring in Broadway and Evesham and surrounding rural areas, Droitwich stayed in.

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