Bruce Grocott (Labour) went on after serving as MP for the newly created neighbouring seat in 2001, to lead the House of Lords for six years.
The seat saw a first winning candidate from the Labour Party relatively early in the country's history, in 1923. The seat alternated between the two largest modern parties eight times between 1923 and 1979.
In more recent history, reflecting the growing population of Telford and the rich iron smelting, railway and mining industries as major historic employers in the area, the seat was more Labour-leaning than the national average but still marginal, being represented by a Conservative for the first eight years of the Thatcher ministry and then (from 1987) returning a Labour member, who went on to serve a new seat created to serve Telford in 1997, and another Labour member until 2005, followed by the present Conservative who was elected that year. The present majority is over 9,000 votes.
When originally constituted, the constituency was made up of the Municipal Borough of Wenlock, the Urban Districts of Dawley, Newport, Oakengates and Wellington, and the Rural Districts of Newport, and Shifnal and Wellington. With a population of 71,352, it was the largest division of Shropshire created in the 1918 boundary changes.
Boundary changes in 1950 restricted the constituency to the Urban Districts of Dawley, Newport, Oakengates and Wellington, and the Rural Districts of Shifnal and Wellington. No changes were made in the First Periodical Report of the Parliamentary Boundary Commission in 1954. In the Second Periodical Report in 1969 the definition of the constituency did not change, but changes in local government boundaries made the constituency only 88% identical with the previous one.
At the Third Periodical Review of the Boundary Commission, the constituency was redefined after major local government changes. It then consisted of the following wards of the District of The Wrekin: Arleston, Brookside, College, Cuckoo Oak, Dawley Magna, Donnington, Donnington Wood, Dothill, Ercall, Hadley, Haygate, Hollinswood and Randlay, Ironbridge (The Gorge), Ketley, Ketley Bank, Langley, Lawley, Leegomery, Lilleshall, Madeley, Malinslee, Park, Priorslee, Stirchley, Wombridge, Woodside, Wrockwardine, and Wrockwardine Wood. This redefinition resulted in a quarter of the electorate being removed to Shropshire North and Ludlow.
Parliament approved major boundary changes which took effect at the 1997 general election, which created a new constituency containing and named after the town of Telford, before which Telford had been one of the largest elements of The Wrekin and the new Telford constituency took 62.9% of the electorate of The Wrekin leaving the remaining 37.1% to constitute a revised constituency of The Wrekin that incorporated areas previously within Shropshire North and Ludlow from two sides.