Shrewsbury and Atcham (UK Parliament constituency)
|Shrewsbury and Atcham|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Shrewsbury and Atcham in Shropshire
Location of Shropshire within England
|Electorate||73,978 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Daniel Kawczynski (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
The constituency was established in 1983, replacing the Shrewsbury constituency, although this change was in name only and not in its boundaries.
Component settlements and landscape
At its heart lies the town of Shrewsbury (2011 population 71,715), which is the county town of Shropshire. It is otherwise a rural constituency. Villages such as Bayston Hill, Ford, Dorrington, Condover, Minsterley, Pontesbury, Bomere Heath, Wroxeter and Atcham are included. Its southern edge is the northern side of the Shropshire Hills AONB. The landscape of the constituency features many small rivers which drain the fields and coppices into the upper plain of the River Severn, which cuts straight through the area. The main roads through the area are the A5 and A49, providing links to nearby Telford as well as North Wales and the cities of Birmingham and Manchester. The total population of the area is around 105,000.
Proposed constituency changes
Under constituency boundary proposals announced in September 2016 the seat would take from the Ludlow constituency the ward of Chirbury and Worthen. The constituency would also simply be titled Shrewsbury, dropping the "and Atcham" in reflection of the abolition in 2009 of the Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council.
On 10 December 2001, following his demand for a parliamentary debate before military intervention in Afghanistan, the incumbent Labour member, Paul Marsden, left the government's benches to join the Liberal Democrats; he remained there until 5 April 2005, when he sought to show strong solidarity with Labour Stop the War MPs by returning to his old party, becoming the first politician to cross the floor twice since Winston Churchill. During much of his time with the Liberal Democrats, Marsden was a senior health spokesman, shadowing the Secretary of State for Health and ministers.
Shrewsbury and Atcham was part of the Shropshire region for the purpose of reporting the results of the 2016 United Kingdom European Union membership referendum; the region voted 56.9% in favour of leaving the European Union on a turnout of 77.5%.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Nat Green||5,906||10.0||2.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Hannah Fraser||4,254||7.3||0.6|
|Liberal Democrats||Christine Tinker||4,268||7.9||21.1|
|Children of the Atom||Stirling McNeillie||83||0.2||New|
|Liberal Democrats||Charles West||15,369||29.0||6.1|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Richard Burt||11,487||22.8||10.4|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||5.4|
|Liberal Democrats||Jonathan Rule||6,173||12.4||12.6|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Anne Woolland||13,838||25.0||2.0|
|Country, Field and Shooting Sports||Alan Dignan||257||0.5||New|
|People's Party||Alan Williams||128||0.2||New|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||11.4|
|Liberal Democrats||Kenneth Hemsley||15,716||27.0||4.1|
Elections in the 1980s
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Notes and references
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- "Mr Paul Marsden - Parliamentary career - MPs and Lords - UK Parliament". UK Parliament. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
- "Daniel Kawczynski - Parliamentary career - MPs and Lords - UK Parliament". UK Parliament. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
- "Shrewsbury & Atcham Parliamentary constituency". BBC News. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
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- "UK parliamentary election 2015 results". Shropshire Council. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015.
- "Shrewsbury and Atcham 2015 General Election". UK Parliament. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Election 2010 - Shrewsbury and Atcham". BBC News. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
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- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Shrewsbury and Atcham 2005 General Election". UK Parliament. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
- "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.