The Liberal Democrats have pulled out of contesting Kidderminster in the general election to give a local 'save our hospital'campaigner a clear run at the two main parties. Former consultant Dr Richard Taylor is standing in Wyre Forest as part of a long-running fight against the downgrading of hospital services in Kidderminster.

The Health Concern group, which is backing Dr Taylor, already holds 19 of the 42 seats on Wyre Forest council.