North Shropshire is a [n 1] constituency represented in the [n 2] House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by Owen Paterson, a Conservative.
Established for the
1832 general election, North Shropshire has been continuously held by the Conservative Party for its entire existence. However, the constituency was abolished in 1885 and re-created in 1983.
History [ edit ]
From its first creation in 1832 to the abolition of the first creation in 1885 it covered approximately half of the county and elected two members, formally
Knights of the Shire. In 1885 the county was (together with South Shropshire) - divided between four constituencies: Ludlow, Newport, Oswestry and Wellington.
In 1983 the constituency was revived in a smaller form and elects one
Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.
Electoral Reform Society considers it to be historically the safest seat in the country. Taking into account the intermediary seats roughly covering its boundaries, the Society considers that the seat has been held continuously by the Conservative Party since 1835 - in political terms since the days of the Tamworth Manifesto and before Queen Victoria's accession to the throne. However, the result of the 1997 election was more  marginal than most Conservative-held seats, and the 2010 election saw it just outside the top third of seats in percentage terms held by the Conservative Party, with the 103rd largest share of the vote for the party.
Owen Paterson was appointed to be the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in May 2010 and from the September 2012 Cabinet reshuffle, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, until another reshuffle in June 2014.
Boundaries [ edit ] 1832-1885: The Hundreds of Oswestry, Pimhill, North Bradford and South Bradford, and the Liberty of Shrewsbury.
 1983-1997: The District of North Shropshire, the Borough of Oswestry, and the District of The Wrekin wards of Church Aston, Edgmond, Ercall Magna, Newport East, Newport North, and Newport West.
1997–2009: The District of North Shropshire, and the Borough of Oswestry.
2009–present: The North Area Committee of Shropshire Council.
The constituency is rural and is north of
Shrewsbury, west of Newcastle-under-Lyme and south of Cheshire, having five small towns.
Members of Parliament [ edit ]
MPs 1832–85 [ edit ]
Constituency created in 1832
MPs since 1983 [ edit ]
Elections [ edit ]
Elections 1983-Present [ edit ]
Elections in the 2010s [ edit ]
Class War originally selected Al Derby as a candidate here, but he changed to Wolverhampton North East.
Elections in the 2000s [ edit ]
Elections in the 1990s [ edit ]
Elections in the 1980s [ edit ]
Elections 1865-1880t [ edit ]
Elections in the 1880s [ edit ]
Elections in the 1870s [ edit ]
Caused by Gore's elevation to the peerage, becoming Lord Harlech.
Elections in the 1860s [ edit ]
Caused by Brownlow-Cust's elevation to the peerage, becoming 3rd Earl Brownlow.
Caused by Cust's resignation.
Elections in the 1850s [ edit ]
Elections in the 1840s [ edit ]
Caused by Herbert's succession to the peerage, becoming 3rd Earl of Powis
Caused by Hill's succession to the peerage, becoming 2nd Viscount Hill
See also [ edit ]
Notes and references [ edit ]
^ (Historically also
Shropshire North and The Northern Division of Shropshire)
county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one
Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
^ From 1832 to 1835, during the period in which the constituency had two representatives in the House of Commons, one was a
Whig (a precursor to the Liberal Democrats), and the other a Conservative (officially known as a Tory until 1834).
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