Shrewsbury and Atcham (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 52°39′54″N 2°46′08″W / 52.665°N 2.769°W / 52.665; -2.769

Shrewsbury and Atcham
County constituency
for the House of Commons
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Boundary of Shrewsbury and Atcham in Shropshire
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Location of Shropshire within England
CountyShropshire
Electorate73,978 (December 2010)
Major settlementsShrewsbury
Current constituency
Created1983
Member of ParliamentDaniel Kawczynski (Conservative)
Number of membersOne
Created fromShrewsbury

Shrewsbury and Atcham is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2005 by Daniel Kawczynski, a Conservative.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency lies at the centre of Shropshire, a large inland county of England, bordering Wales.

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[edit]

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.

Local government[edit]

The constituency is coextensive with that of the Central area of Shropshire Council (the same area as the former Shrewsbury and Atcham borough, after which the constituency was originally named).

Proposed constituency changes[edit]

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.[1]

History[edit]

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.[2] 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%.[3][4]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1983 Derek Conway[5] Conservative
1997 Paul Marsden[6] Labour
2001 Liberal Democrats
2005 Labour
2005 Daniel Kawczynski[7] Conservative

Elections[edit]

General election results in Shrewsbury & Atcham, from its creation in 1983 up to the 2019 election.

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General election 2019: Shrewsbury and Atcham[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Daniel Kawczynski 31,021 52.5 Increase 2.6
Labour Julia Buckley 19,804 33.5 Decrease 5.1
Liberal Democrats Nat Green 5,906 10.0 Increase 2.7
Green Julian Dean 1,762 3.0 Increase 1.2
Independent Hannah Locke 572 1.0 New
Majority 11,217 19.0 Increase 7.6
Turnout 59,065 71.8 Decrease 1.8
Conservative hold Swing Increase 3.9
General election 2017: Shrewsbury and Atcham[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Daniel Kawczynski 29,073 50.0 Increase 4.4
Labour Laura Davies 22,446 38.6 Increase 10.7
Liberal Democrats Hannah Fraser 4,254 7.3 Decrease 0.6
UKIP Edward Higginbottom 1,363 2.3 Decrease 12.1
Green Emma Bullard 1,067 1.8 Decrease 2.3
Majority 6,627 11.4 Decrease 6.3
Turnout 58,203 73.6 Increase 2.8
Conservative hold Swing Decrease 3.1
General election 2015: Shrewsbury and Atcham[8][10][11][12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Daniel Kawczynski 24,628 45.5 Increase 1.6
Labour Laura Davies 15,063 27.8 Increase 7.3
UKIP Suzanne Evans 7,813 14.4 Increase 11.4
Liberal Democrats Christine Tinker 4,268 7.9 Decrease 21.1
Green Emma Bullard 2,247 4.2 Increase 3.1
Children of the Atom Stirling McNeillie 83 0.2 New
Majority 9,565 17.7 Increase 2.7
Turnout 54,102 70.8 Increase 0.5
Conservative hold Swing Decrease 2.9
General election 2010: Shrewsbury and Atcham[13][14][15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Daniel Kawczynski 23,313 43.9 Increase 6.3
Liberal Democrats Charles West 15,369 29.0 Increase 6.1
Labour Jon Tandy 10,915 20.6 Decrease 13.5
UKIP Peter Lewis 1,627 3.1 Increase 0.4
BNP James Whittall 1,168 2.2 New
Green Alan Whittaker 565 1.1 Decrease 1.2
Impact James Gollins 88 0.2 New
Majority 7,944 15.0 Increase 11.4
Turnout 53,045 70.3 Increase 1.0
Conservative hold Swing Increase 0.1

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General election 2005: Shrewsbury and Atcham[16][17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Daniel Kawczynski 18,960 37.7 Increase 0.3
Labour Michael Ion 17,152 34.1 Decrease 10.5
Liberal Democrats Richard Burt 11,487 22.8 Increase 10.4
UKIP Peter Lewis 1,349 2.7 Decrease 0.5
Green Emma Bullard 1,138 2.3 Increase 0.4
Independent James Gollins 126 0.3 Decrease 0.2
World Nigel Harris 84 0.2 New
Majority 1,808 3.6 N/A
Turnout 50,296 68.7 Increase 2.1
Conservative gain from Labour Swing Increase 5.4
General election 2001: Shrewsbury and Atcham[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Paul Marsden 22,253 44.6 Increase 7.6
Conservative Anthea McIntyre 18,674 37.4 Increase 3.4
Liberal Democrats Jonathan Rule 6,173 12.4 Decrease 12.6
UKIP Henry Curteis 1,620 3.2 Increase 2.4
Green Emma Bullard 931 1.9 New
Independent James Gollins 258 0.5 New
Majority 3,579 7.2 Increase 4.2
Turnout 49,909 66.6 Decrease 8.7
Labour hold Swing Decrease 5.5

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General election 1997: Shrewsbury and Atcham[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Paul Marsden 20,484 37.0 Increase 11.0
Conservative Derek Conway 18,814 34.0 Decrease 11.8
Liberal Democrats Anne Woolland 13,838 25.0 Decrease 2.0
Referendum Dylan Barker 1,346 2.4 New
UKIP David Rowlands 477 0.9 New
Country, Field and Shooting Sports Alan Dignan 257 0.5 New
People's Party Alan Williams 128 0.2 New
Majority 1,670 3.0 N/A
Turnout 55,344 75.3 Decrease 7.2
Labour gain from Conservative Swing Increase 11.4
General election 1992: Shrewsbury and Atcham[20][21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Derek Conway 26,681 45.8 Decrease 2.0
Liberal Democrats Kenneth Hemsley 15,716 27.0 Decrease 4.1
Labour Liz Owen 15,157 26.0 Increase 6.2
Green Geoff Hardy 677 1.2 Steady
Majority 10,965 18.8 Increase 2.1
Turnout 58,231 82.5 Increase 5.5
Conservative hold Swing Decrease 4.1

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General election 1987: Shrewsbury and Atcham[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Derek Conway 26,027 47.8 Decrease 1.7
Alliance Robert Hutchison 16,963 31.1 Decrease 0.9
Labour Liz Owen 10,797 19.8 Increase 1.4
Green Geoff Hardy 660 1.2 New
Majority 9,064 16.7 Decrease 1.2
Turnout 54,447 77.0 Increase 3.0
Conservative hold Swing Decrease 1.6
General election 1983: Shrewsbury and Atcham[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Derek Conway 24,397 49.5 Increase 0.9
Alliance A Bowen 15,773 32.0 Increase 4.4
Labour Alan Mosley 9,080 18.4 Decrease 5.5
Majority 8,624 17.5 N/A
Turnout 49,250 74.0 Decrease 2.7
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ 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.
References
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  3. ^ "EU referendum results by region: West Midlands". The Electoral Commission. 25 September 2019. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
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  19. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
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