Why is it called “Redditch County” when Redditch is a Borough?

It’s a question we get asked often, and the answer is that the “County” part is added by the Boundary Commission for England when it draws up Parliamentary boundaries.

There is a difference between a “county seat” and an “urban seat” when it comes to the amount of money allowed to be spent. If more of the seat is considered to be rural in nature it will have a higher spending limit in elections to make up for the extra distances and spread out nature of the seat compared to a more urban area. Therefore, Redditch has been designated as a “county seat” and so it’s formal name is “Redditch County” and we are the “Redditch County Conservative Association” or “RCCA” for short.

But you can just call us Redditch Conservatives.