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 2017 general election:

  Conservative   Liberal Democrat ¤   Labour

Constituency[nb 1] Electorate Majority[nb 2] Member of Parliament Nearest Opposition Map
Ludlow CC 69,442 23,648   Philip Dunne   Heather Kidd ¤
North Shropshire CC 83,257 22,949 Owen Paterson   Graeme Currie ‡
Shrewsbury and Atcham CC 82,237 11,217 Daniel Kawczynski   Julie Buckley ‡
Telford BC 68,921 10,941 Lucy Allan Katrina Gilman ‡
The Wrekin CC 70,693 18,726 Mark Pritchard Dylan Harrison ‡

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 2010 United Kingdom general election.

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

Changes proposed in 2018[edit]

As part of the Sixth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies the Boundary Commission for England published in 2018 its final recommendations for the following constituencies in Shropshire.[1]

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 2015 2017
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  CON  Lucy Allan
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]

Historical constituencies[edit]

Timeline of Parliamentary constituencies in the county, with historical (green) and extant (pink) constituencies.

Constituency 1290-1295 1295-1473 1473-1584 1584-1832 1832-1885 1885-1918 1918-1983 1983-1997 1997-present
Bishop's Castle 1584-1832
Bridgnorth 1295-1885
Ludlow 1473-present
Newport 1885-1918
North Shropshire 1832-1885 1983-present
Oswestry 1885-1983
Shrewsbury 1290-1983
Shrewsbury and Atcham 1983-present
Shropshire 1290-1832
South Shropshire 1832-1885
Telford 1997-present
Wellington 1885-1918
(Much) Wenlock 1290-1885
The Wrekin 1918-present

Historical representation by party[edit]

A cell marked → (with a different colour background to the preceding cell) indicates that the previous MP continued to sit under a new party name.

1885 to 1918[edit]

  Conservative   Liberal   Liberal Unionist   National Party

Constituency 1885 86 1886 1892 1895 1900 01 03 04 1906 08 Jan 1910 Dec 1910 12 13 17 18
Ludlow More Hunt
Newport Bickersteth Kenyon-Slaney Stanier
Oswestry Leighton Ormsby-Gore Bright Bridgeman
Shrewsbury Watson Greene Hill Lloyd
Wellington (Salop) Brown Henry

1918 to 1983[edit]

  Coalition Liberal (1918-22) / National Liberal (1922-23)   Conservative   Independent Conservative   Labour   Liberal

Constituency 1918 20 20 22 1922 23 1923 1924 1929 1931 1935 41 1945 1950 1951 1955 1959 60 61 1964 1966 1970 Feb 74 Oct 74 1979
Ludlow Stanier I. Windsor-Clive G. Windsor-Clive Corbett Holland-Martin More Cockeram
Oswestry Bridgeman Leighton Poole Ormsby-Gore Biffen
Shrewsbury Lloyd Ryder Sunlight Ryder Duckworth Langford-Holt
The Wrekin Henry Palmer Townshend Button Nixon Oakley Picton-Turbervill Baldwin-Webb Colegate Thomas Yates Fowler Trafford Fowler Hawksley

1983 to present[edit]

  Conservative   Labour   Liberal Democrats

Constituency 1983 1987 1992 1997 2001 01 2005 2010 2015 2017 2019
Ludlow Cockeram Gill Green Dunne
North Shropshire Biffen Paterson
Shrewsbury and Atcham Conway Marsden Kawczynski
The Wrekin Hawksley Grocott Bradley Pritchard
Telford Grocott Wright Allan

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Volume 1: Report" (PDF). Boundary Commission for England.