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Wyre Forest

2010 Results:
Conservative: 18793 (36.92%)
Labour: 7298 (14.34%)
Liberal Democrat: 6040 (11.87%)
BNP: 1120 (2.2%)
UKIP: 1498 (2.94%)
Others: 16150 (31.73%)
Majority: 2643 (22.58%)

Notional 2005 Results:
KHHC: 18739 (38.9%)
Conservative: 14165 (29.4%)
Labour: 10939 (22.7%)
Liberal Democrat: 178 (0.4%)
Other: 4167 (11.2%)
Majority: 4574 (9.5%)

Actual 2005 result
KHHC: 18739 (39.9%)
Conservative: 13489 (28.7%)
Labour: 10716 (22.8%)
Liberal: 2666 (5.7%)
UKIP: 1074 (2.3%)
Loony: 303 (0.6%)
Majority: 5250 (11.2%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 9350 (19.1%)
Labour: 10857 (22.1%)
UKIP: 368 (0.8%)
KHHC: 28487 (58.1%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 19897 (36.1%)
Labour: 26843 (48.8%)
Liberal Democrat: 4377 (8%)
Referendum: 1956 (3.6%)
Other: 1982 (3.6%)
Majority: 6946 (12.6%)

Boundary changes: Wyre Forest becomes entirely coterminous with Wyre Forest district council. This involves gaining the rural Rock ward and a small part of Bewdley and Arley ward from

Profile: Wyre Forest mainly consists of the industrial town of Kidderminister, a centre for the carpet industry, but also includes Stourport and Bewdley and outlying villages.

Politically the seat is unusual. It would probably be a Conservative/Labour marginal but in 2001 it was won by an Independent Kidderminster Hospital and Health Concern candidate, Dr Richard Taylor, on the back of a campaign against the closure of the casualty unit at Kidderminister hospital. Taylor managed to retain the seat at the 2005 election, though Health Concern`s representation on the local council has fallen from it`s pre-2004 heights. In both general elections the Liberal Democrats did not put up a candidate and supported Dr Taylor. Prior to the last election Simon Hughes indicated that this deal was for that election only and that there will be a Liberal democrat candidate in Wyre Forest at the next election.

Wyre Forest is also one of the few areas (see also Liverpool West Derby and Exeter) where the continuing Liberal party retain significant strength. Prior to the 2001 election the Liberals provided the council leader as part of a “rainbow coalition”.

portraitCurrent MP: Mark Garnier (Conservative) born 1963, London. Educated at Charterhouse. Fund manager. Forest of Dean councillor from 2003-2007. Contested Wyre Forest in 2005.

2010 election candidates:
portraitMark Garnier (Conservative) born 1963, London. Educated at Charterhouse. Fund manager. Forest of Dean councillor from 2003-2007. Contested Wyre Forest in 2005.
portraitNigel Knowles (Labour) born 1946. Educated at King Charles I Grammar and Birmingham Polytechnic. Author. Former Haringey councillor and Wyre Forest District Councillor. Worcestershire councty councillor. Contested Bodmin 1979, Hastings 1983, Wyre Forest 1987, 1992, Wiltshire North 1997, Ludlow 2001, 2005.
portraitNeville Farmer (Liberal Democrat) Educated at King Charles I school. Journalist and television producer.
portraitMichael Wrench (UKIP)
portraitGordon Howells (BNP)
portraitRichard Taylor (Independent Community and Health Concern)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 96981
Male: 49.1%
Female: 50.9%
Under 18: 21.3%
Over 60: 22.4%
Born outside UK: 3.3%
White: 98.2%
Asian: 0.8%
Mixed: 0.6%
Other: 0.3%
Christian: 79.4%
Muslim: 0.6%
Full time students: 2.2%
Graduates 16-74: 15.2%
No Qualifications 16-74: 33.6%
Owner-Occupied: 76.1%
Social Housing: 14.8% (Council: 6.8%, Housing Ass.: 8.1%)
Privately Rented: 6%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 8.5%

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