Hereford & Worcester

Dr Richard Taylor to stand again for parliament on NHS ticket

Richard Taylor in 2001
Richard Taylor was an MP from 2001 to 2010

A former independent MP in Worcestershire has said he is to stand again at the next general election.

Dr Richard Taylor won Wyre Forest in 2001 with a majority of 18,000, standing on the single issue of saving Kidderminster Hospital's services.

He held the seat in 2005 with a reduced majority before losing it to the Conservatives in 2010.

Dr Taylor said he had chosen to stand again to oppose the government's NHS reforms.

The 79-year-old former hospital physician is the life president of the Independent Community and Health Concern (ICHC) party and one of the co-founders of the newly-formed National Health Action Party (NHAP).

Dr Taylor has said he will stand as an ICHC candidate but will make it clear he also represents the NHAP.

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