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Worcestershire Mid

2010 Results:
Conservative: 27770 (54.52%)
Labour: 7613 (14.95%)
Liberal Democrat: 11906 (23.38%)
UKIP: 3049 (5.99%)
Green: 593 (1.16%)
Majority: 15864 (31.14%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Conservative: 24014 (51.1%)
Labour: 11223 (23.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 9717 (20.7%)
Other: 2059 (4.4%)
Majority: 12791 (27.2%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 24783 (51.5%)
Labour: 11456 (23.8%)
Liberal Democrat: 9796 (20.4%)
UKIP: 2092 (4.3%)
Majority: 13327 (27.7%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 22937 (51.1%)
Labour: 12310 (27.4%)
Liberal Democrat: 8420 (18.8%)
UKIP: 1230 (2.7%)
Majority: 10627 (23.7%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 24092 (47.4%)
Labour: 14680 (28.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 9458 (18.6%)
Referendum: 1780 (3.5%)
Other: 809 (1.6%)
Majority: 9412 (18.5%)

Boundary changes: Minor. Gains part of Fladbury from Worcestershire West, loses part of Inkberrow to Redditch.

Profile: A long, mainly rural seat, that covers the stretch of countryside inbetween Worcester and Redditch, south of Birmingham. The constituency stretches 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.

There are some pockets of Labour support in Evesham and Droitwich (though Labour were wiped out in the district council elections in 2007), but overall the seat is strongly and safely Conservative.

portraitCurrent MP: Peter Luff(Conservative) born 1955, Windsor. Educated at Windsor Grammar School and Cambridge University. Former head of Ted Heath`s private office who went on to work in the public affairs industry prior to his election. Contested Holborn and St Pancras 1987. First elected as MP for Worcester in 1992. After boundary changes he defeated Eric Forth for the nomination for Mid Worcestershire, which he has represented since 1997. Opposition whip 2000-2005 (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitPeter Luff(Conservative) born 1955, Windsor. Educated at Windsor Grammar School and Cambridge University. Former head of Ted Heath`s private office who went on to work in the public affairs industry prior to his election. Contested Holborn and St Pancras 1987. First elected as MP for Worcester in 1992. After boundary changes he defeated Eric Forth for the nomination for Mid Worcestershire, which he has represented since 1997. Opposition whip 2000-2005 (more information at They work for you)
portraitRobin Lunn (Labour) Former Worcestershire councillor.
portraitMargaret Rowley (Liberal Democrat) Educated at Queen Elizabeth`s Grammar School, Horncastle, and Nottingham University. Works for Worcestershire Health ICT Services. Wychavon District councillor. Contested Bromsgrove 2001, Mid Worcestershire 2005.
portraitGordon Matthews (Green) Educated at University of Bradford. Former teacher, now working for Quaker and church organisations.
portraitJohn White (UKIP)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 90577
Male: 49.4%
Female: 50.6%
Under 18: 21.6%
Over 60: 22.4%
Born outside UK: 3.6%
White: 98.7%
Black: 0.2%
Asian: 0.3%
Mixed: 0.5%
Other: 0.3%
Christian: 81.3%
Full time students: 2%
Graduates 16-74: 19.1%
No Qualifications 16-74: 27.6%
Owner-Occupied: 76.3%
Social Housing: 15.5% (Council: 1.3%, Housing Ass.: 14.1%)
Privately Rented: 5.3%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 5.6%

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