Karen Lumley is the first Member of Parliament for the new constituency of Redditch County, which now takes in the rural areas of the Lenches and Hanbury, whose church, legend has it, features in the radio show, 'The Archers', with Inkberrow believed to be the inspiration for fictional Ambridge. They are very beautiful parts of the county of Worcestershire which were, until the boundary changes of 2010, represented by Peter Luff in Mid-Worcestershire.

Other former Members of Parliament to represent Redditch include Karen's predecessor Jacqui Smith, the late Eric Forth and Hal Miller all of whom had highly distinguished careers.

Redditch is a New Town and was designated so in 1964, the year Karen was born. Back then it had a population of some 29,000 and has grown significantly since. The new constituency has a population of around 90,000 and includes the picturesque villages of Cookhill, Feckenham, Stock and Bradley Green and Abbots Morton. However other parts of Redditch such as Church Green and the Evesham Road which runs through Headless Cross, Crabbs Cross, Astwood Bank and Cookhill Village remain largely unchanged with landmarks at these locations remaining throughout Redditch's time as a town.

Redditch County is a mixture of rural and urban communities and in that there are many challenges to face. The town of Redditch has suffered the loss of many manufacturing jobs over the years, especially with the demise of the car industry. However, in their place, have grown up many small and medium-sized businesses, flourishing alongside the larger employers in the area.

Redditch landmarks include the site of Bordesley Abbey where  monks set up home in the 12th century as well as the Forge Mill Museum which tracks the development of industry in Redditch through needle-making and the manufacture of fishing hooks. Previously 90 per cent of the world's needles were manufactured in Redditch and its neighbourhood and needles are still made in the town to this day. Alongside needles and fishing hooks, spring making was the third major industry in the 19th century. As with needles, springs also continue to be manufactured in the town.

In recent years Redditch residents have welcomed an updated fitness centre complete with a brand new swimming pool that is heated by the local crematorium – a groundbreaking system that saw Redditch awarded a Green Apple Environment Award. This complements refurbishments of the Palace Theatre, originally built by Edwardian theatre designer Bertie Crewe in 1913, major upgrades at the Kingfisher Shopping Centre and modernisation of the town centre including the introduction of a new cinema.


Important Message

Statement on Westminster attack

 

Following the attack on police and members of the public in central London yesterday (Wednesday, 22 March 2017), Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County commented as follows:

"Yesterday was a very sad day for the people of our country, particularly in London, and my first thoughts are with those who were killed or injured and their families.

"Westminster is the seat of one of the oldest and most respected Governments in the world, and upholds values of free speech, liberty, human rights, and the rule of law – values shared by free people around the world. Amongst the bloodshed of yesterday, we must never waiver from our resolve to beat the terrorists.

"I, along with many MPs, actually knew PC Keith Palmer, the policeman who died, because he was often the first friendly face we would see when entering the Parliamentary estate. I often shared a morning joke with him. My deepest sympathies lie with his family and those of others killed or injured."

Karen was not in Parliament yesterday as she is currently still at home in Redditch recovering from her illness.

    

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Contact Details

Grosvenor House
Prospect Hill
Redditch
B97 4DL

01527 591334

karen.lumley.mp@parliament.uk

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