Parliamentary constituencies in Shropshire

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The ceremonial county of Shropshire, England (which comprises the local/unitary authorities of Shropshire Council and Telford and Wrekin) is divided into 5 Parliamentary constituencies – 1 Borough constituency and 4 County constituencies. As per all constituencies for the House of Commons in the modern age, each constituency elects one Member of Parliament by the First Past The Post system.

Constituencies[edit]

The following table summaries the five constituencies of Shropshire, with information as per the 2010 United Kingdom general election:

Constituency[nb 1] Electorate Majority[nb 2] Local authority[nb 3] Member of Parliament Closest rival candidate Map
Ludlow CC 66,631 9,749 Shropshire Council   Philip Dunne
(Conservative)
Heather Kidd
(Liberal Democrats)
North Shropshire CC 78,926 15,828 Shropshire Council Owen Paterson
(Conservative)
Ian Croll
(Liberal Democrats)
 
Shrewsbury and Atcham CC 75,438 7,944 Shropshire Council Daniel Kawczynski
(Conservative)
Charles West
(Liberal Democrats)
Telford BC 65,061 981 Telford and Wrekin David Wright
(Labour Party)
Tom Biggins
(Conservative)
The Wrekin CC 65,544 9,450 Telford and Wrekin
& Shropshire Council[1]
Mark Pritchard
(Conservative)
Paul Kalinauckas
(Labour Co-operative)

Boundary changes[edit]

The most recent changes to Parliamentary constituencies by the Boundary Commission for England retain the 5 constituencies in Shropshire, making only small changes to the boundary between Telford and The Wrekin to align with current local government wards. These changes were implemented for the United Kingdom general election, 2010.

Name Pre-2010 boundaries Current boundaries
  1. Ludlow CC
  2. North Shropshire CC
  3. Shrewsbury and Atcham CC
  4. Telford BC
  5. The Wrekin CC
Parliamentary constituencies in Shropshire
New parliamentary constituencies in Shropshire

Recent members of parliament history[edit]

Members of Parliament elected at each general election since 1992 for each constituency in the county. The present-day incumbent MPs are shown in bold.

Constituency 1992 1997 2001 2005 2010
Ludlow  CON  Christopher Gill  LD  Matthew Green  CON  Philip Dunne
North Shropshire  CON  John Biffen  CON  Owen Paterson
Shrewsbury & Atcham  CON  Derek Conway  LAB  Paul Marsden  LD  Paul Marsden†  CON  Daniel Kawczynski
Telford‡  LAB  Bruce Grocott  LAB  Bruce Grocott  LAB  David Wright
The Wrekin‡  LAB  Peter Bradley  CON  Mark Pritchard

Paul Marsden won the 2001 election as a Labour Party candidate but defected to the Liberal Democrats and remained with that party for much of the following Parliament.
The Wrekin was split at the 1997 election, into The Wrekin and Telford constituencies.

Election results in graphics[edit]

2001 2005 2010
ShropshireParliamentaryConstituency2001Results.svg ShropshireParliamentaryConstituency2005Results.svg ShropshireParliamentaryConstituency2010Results.svg

Historical constituencies[edit]

Timeline of Parliamentary constituencies in the county, with historical and extant (marked by a ‡ symbol) constituencies, by year of creation.

1290[edit]

  • Bishop's Castle (1584–1832) – a rotten borough; abolished; today part of Ludlow constituency
  • Shrewsbury (1290–1983) – became the extant constituency of Shrewsbury and Atcham
  • Shropshire (1290–1832) – divided into North and South Shropshire constituencies
  • (Much) Wenlock (1290–1885) – abolished; today part of The Wrekin, Telford and Ludlow constituencies

1295[edit]

  • Bridgnorth (1295–1885) – abolished; today part of Ludlow constituency

1473[edit]

  • Ludlow‡

1832[edit]

  • North Shropshire (1832–1885) – divided into Newport, Oswestry and Wellington constituencies; revived in 1983
  • South Shropshire (1832–1885) – effectively merged with Ludlow constituency

1885[edit]

  • Newport (Shropshire) (1885–1918) – became part of newly formed The Wrekin constituency
  • Oswestry (1885–1983) – became the extant constituency of North Shropshire
  • Wellington (Shropshire) (1885–1918) – became part of newly formed The Wrekin constituency

1918[edit]

  • The Wrekin (1918–1997) – divided into the extant constituencies of The Wrekin and Telford

1983[edit]

  • North Shropshire‡
  • Shrewsbury and Atcham‡

1997[edit]

  • Telford‡
  • The Wrekin‡

The re-organisation in 1997, the most recent major re-organisation of constituencies for Shropshire, meant that the number of constituencies in the county increased from four to five.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ BC denotes borough constituency, CC denotes county constituency.
  2. ^ The majority is the number of votes the winning candidate receives more than their nearest rival.
  3. ^ The local authority which covers the constituency and is responsible for holding a Parliamentary election in that constituency.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Wrekin constituency lies part in the borough of Telford and Wrekin and part in Shropshire Council's area, though the greater part is that of Telford and Wrekin and it is that borough council which manages Parliamentary elections there.