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Wyre Forest
Independent gain

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The next general election contest in Wyre Forest, based on Kidderminster in Worcestershire, will be unpredictable to say the least. Labour's David Lock won by 7,000 votes, 12.6pc of the total cast, defeating the Tory incumbent Anthony Coombs. After then the Tories recovered, to lead the polls here in the 1999 Euro-elections by one of the largest margins in the whole country. In local elections, though, the victors have undoubtedly been the campaigners to save the local health services provided by Kidderminster Hospital, who now form the largest party on Wyre Forest council. This protest was still going in autumn 2000, as Prime Minister Blair found to his discomfort when he arrived to be seen sympathising over the Severn floods in nearby Bewdley. How much and what impact this issue will have on the general election is impossible to tell. Health services are traditionally seen as a pro-Labour issue, but that was in the days when they were associated with spending and caring, and before they had been in government for four years. Many locals - and even the sages of the Observer newspaper, declaring "Independent's Day" on 1 April 2001, consider that the Health Concern candidate, 66-year-old retired rheumatologist Richard Taylor, has a fair chance of being the next MP. This was improved when the Liberal Democrats withdrew their candidate in his favour a week before close of nominations - but not by much, as they had polled a very weak 8 per cent in 1997. One assumes and hopes that the date of that article is not significant given the seriousness of the issue. Observing and analysing the result here will be safer than trying to predict it.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
David Lock, elected here in 1997, has done rather well given that he was not expected to win. He is now a junior minister in the Lord Chancellor's Department. One of the few barristers in Labour's new intake, he was previously a CPS prosecutor in magistrates' courts. He was born in 1960, and educated at various schools in Surrey and at Jesus College, Cambridge and Central London Polytechnic. Rocketing from the status of being one of Labour's electoral surprises, he has emerged as a forceful dismisser of Tory complaints about the Lord Chancellor's partisan touting for funds among the legal profession. But he faces a difficult situation in his constituency, where he is in opposition to Health Concern, a one-issue group of councillors who have become the largest party on the local council on the question of running down Kidderminster Hospital. Their leader, retired consultant Richard Taylor, aspires to unseat Lock.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 15.31% 14.99% 102.09
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.54% 2.13% 25.18
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.21% 2.49% 8.33
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 9.49% 4.43% 214.50
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 12.60% 7.27% 173.17
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.45% 2.56% 17.40
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.76% 2.04% 37.32
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.31% 3.94% 7.95
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 14.40% 13.04% 110.47
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 21.52% 12.70% 169.37
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 10.06% 8.14% 123.56
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.79% 4.02% 19.55
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.03% 3.19% 63.64
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 8.59% 11.31% 75.96
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.88% 3.06% 28.73
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.08% 2.52% 82.43
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 8.86% 9.41% 94.10
5-10K 16.93% 16.63% 101.81
10-15K 17.44% 16.58% 105.20
15-20K 14.38% 13.58% 105.90
20-25K 10.90% 10.39% 104.84
25-30K 7.99% 7.77% 102.79
30-35K 5.81% 5.79% 100.25
35-40K 4.23% 4.33% 97.55
40-45K 3.10% 3.27% 94.87
45-50K 2.29% 2.48% 92.32
50-55K 1.71% 1.90% 89.95
55-60K 1.29% 1.47% 87.78
60-65K 0.99% 1.15% 85.80
65-70K 0.76% 0.91% 84.00
70-75K 0.59% 0.72% 82.38
75-80K 0.47% 0.57% 80.91
80-85K 0.37% 0.46% 79.59
85-90K 0.29% 0.37% 78.39
90-95K 0.24% 0.31% 77.31
95-100K 0.19% 0.25% 76.33
100K + 0.97% 1.34% 72.16

Local Map of the constituency
Wyre Forest - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Wyre Forest - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (17.56%)
Conservative (- 11.36%) Liberal Democrat (- 13.35%)
Independent (100%)
Conservative (- 17.08%) Labour (- 26.63%) Liberal Democrat (-  7.95%)
Con - 11.36%
Lab 17.56%
LD - 13.35%
Con - 17.08%
Lab - 26.63%
LD - 7.95%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Richard Taylor
Independent gain
Con Conservative (19.06%) 9,350 19.06%
Lab Labour (22.13%) 10,857 22.13%
LD 0 0.00%
Ind Independent (58.06%) 28,487 58.06%
Oth Other (0.75%) 368 0.75%
Maj Majority (35.90%) 17,630 35.90%
Turn Turnout (68.00%) 49,062 68.00%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Richard Taylor
Independent gain
L David Lock 10,857 22.13%
UK James Millington 368 0.75%
C Mark Simpson 9,350 19.06%
KHHC Richard Taylor 28,487 58.06%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
David Lock
Labour gain
Con Conservative (36.14%) 19,897 36.14%
Lab Labour (48.76%) 26,843 48.76%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.95%) 4,377 7.95%
Ref Referendum (3.55%) 1,956 3.55%
Oth Other (3.60%) 1,982 3.60%
Maj Majority (12.62%) 6,946 12.62%
Turn Turnout (75.35%) 55,055 75.35%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (47.50%) 27,999 47.50%
Lab Labour (31.20%) 18,414 31.20%
LD Liberal Democrat (21.30%) 12,551 21.30%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (16.30%) 9,585 16.30%
Turn Turnout (72.11%) 58,964 72.11%

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