Redditch (UK Parliament constituency)
Redditch is a constituency in Worcestershire, England, represented in the House of Commons since 2017 by Rachel Maclean of the Conservative Party, who is currently a minister in the Department for Transport.
for the House of Commons
|Electorate||66,492 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Rachel Maclean (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||part of Mid Worcestershire|
Members of Parliament
From 1983 to 1997 the town of Redditch was, based on a series of high majorities, in the Conservative safe seat of Mid Worcestershire. The first MP for that constituency, Eric Forth, moved to the equally safe seat of Bromley and Chislehurst in south east London as a result of major boundary changes in Worcestershire for the 1997 general election, and held that seat until his death in 2006. The seat has been a bellwether since 1997.
This seat is located in Worcestershire and contains the whole borough of Redditch and parts of the district of Wychavon. To make the size of the constituency's electorate suitable, the nearby villages of Inkberrow, Callow Hill, Cookhill, Feckenham, and Astwood Bank were included upon the constituency's creation in 1997. For the 2010 general election the villages of Hanbury and the Lenches have been included, and the constituency reclassified from Borough to County.
Redditch was created in 1997 following major changes to the Mid Worcestershire constituency. The Mid Worcestershire seat has been a much safer seat for the Conservatives since 1997 than beforehand, due to the Labour-voting wards within Redditch being taken out and made into its own constituency as it is today. There are nonetheless some Conservative-voting wards in the town, and the rural areas of the constituency are also strongly Conservative.
Elections in the 2010s
|Conservative||Rachel Maclean||27,907||63.3||+ 11.0|
|Labour||Rebecca Jenkins||11,871||26.9||- 9.1|
|Liberal Democrats||Bruce Horton||2,905||6.6||+ 4.0|
|Green||Claire Davies||1,384||3.1||+ 2.3|
|Conservative hold||Swing||+ 10.0|
|Conservative||Rachel Maclean||23,652||52.3||+ 5.2|
|Labour||Rebecca Blake||16,289||36.0||+ 4.9|
|National Health Action||Neal Stote||2,239||5.0||N/A|
|UKIP||Paul Swansborough||1,371||3.0||- 13.2|
|Liberal Democrats||Susan Juned||1,173||2.6||- 0.5|
|Green||Kevin White||380||0.8||- 1.4|
|Conservative hold||Swing||+ 0.15|
|Conservative||Karen Lumley||20,771||47.1||+ 3.6|
|Labour||Rebecca Blake||13,717||31.1||+ 0.8|
|UKIP||Peter Jewell||7,133||16.2||+ 12.8|
|Liberal Democrats||Hilary Myers||1,349||3.1||- 14.5|
|Green||Kevin White||960||2.2||+ 1.3|
|Conservative hold||Swing||+ 1.4|
|Conservative||Karen Lumley||19,138||43.5||+ 5.0|
|Labour||Jacqui Smith||13,317||30.3||- 13.4|
|Liberal Democrats||Nicholas Lane||7,750||17.6||+ 3.2|
|English Democrat||Vincent Schittone||255||0.6||N/A|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+ 9.2|
Elections in the 2000s
|Labour||Jacqui Smith||18,012||44.7||- 0.9|
|Liberal Democrats||Nigel Hicks||5,602||13.9||+ 3.6|
|UKIP||John Paul Ison||1,381||3.4|
|Labour||Jacqui Smith||16,899||45.6||- 4.2|
|Conservative||Karen Lumley||14,415||38.9||+ 2.8|
|Liberal Democrats||Michael Ashall||3,808||10.3||- 0.7|
|Labour hold||Swing||- 3.5|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Malcolm Hall||4,935||11.0|
|Natural Law||Paul Davis||227||0.5|
|Labour win (new seat)|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "R" (part 1)
- Letter from Jacqui Smith to the Boundary Commission
- "Redditch Parliamentary constituency". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
- "Candidates confirmed for General Election". Stratford-upon-Avon Herald. 11 May 2017. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.