Telford (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 52°40′41″N 2°26′56″W / 52.678°N 2.449°W / 52.678; -2.449

Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Telford in Shropshire.
Outline map
Location of Shropshire within England.
County Shropshire
Electorate 65,938 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of parliament Lucy Allan (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from The Wrekin
European Parliament constituency West Midlands

Telford is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since May 2015 by Lucy Allan a Conservative, who took it from David Wright, a member of the Labour Party.[n 2]


Created from the more rural Wrekin constituency for the 1997 general election, Telford was continuously held by the Labour Party, with a change in candidate in 2001, until the 2015 general election when the Conservatives took the seat from David Wright. Bruce Grocott was its first-ever MP, serving for the first four years. In 2010 Wright's majority fell to a marginal figure of 981 votes, and he lost in 2015 by 730 votes, the narrowest result to date.[2]


Telford is made up of several old industrial towns to the north of the River Severn and on the eastern flanks of the Wrekin (including Madeley, Dawley and the small townships in the Ironbridge Gorge) and numerous New Town developments including Woodside. However, not all of the Telford New Town developments are in the constituency; the northern parts and some western areas (including the town of Wellington) which pre-dates Telford, are in The Wrekin constituency.

All of the constituency is covered by Telford and Wrekin Borough Council.

Boundary changes to realign the constituency boundaries to fit with the borough's most recent ward revisions resulted in the addition of Ketley (from the constituency of The Wrekin) for the 2010 general election.

Constituency profile[edit]

Workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 3.1% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.[3]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
1997 Bruce Grocott Labour
2001 David Wright Labour
2015 Lucy Allan Conservative


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Telford[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Lucy Allan[7] 16,094 39.6 +3.3
Labour David Wright 15,364 37.8 -0.9
UKIP Denis Allen[8] 7,330 18 +12.2
Green Peter Hawkins[9] 930 2.3 +2.3
Liberal Democrat Ian Croll 927 2.3 -13.2
Majority 730 1.8
Turnout 40,645 61.4
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
General Election 2010: Telford[10][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Wright 15,977 38.7 -9.5
Conservative Tom Biggins 14,996 36.3 +3.2
Liberal Democrat Phillip Bennion 6,399 15.5 +1.4
UKIP Denis Allen 2,428 5.9 +1.2
BNP Phil Spencer 1,513 3.7 +3.7
Majority 981 2.4
Turnout 41,313 63.5 +4.8
Labour hold Swing -6.3

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Telford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Wright 16,506 48.3 −6.3
Conservative Stella Kyriazis 11,100 32.5 +5.1
Liberal Democrat Ian Jenkins 4,941 14.4 +1.5
UKIP Tom McCartney 1,659 4.9 +1.3
Majority 5,406 15.8
Turnout 34,206 57.7 +5.7
Labour hold Swing −5.7
General Election 2001: Telford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Wright 16,854 54.6 -3.2
Conservative Andrew Henderson 8,471 27.4 0.0
Liberal Democrat Sally Wiggin 3,983 12.9 +1.1
UKIP Nicola Brookes 1,098 3.6 N/A
Socialist Alliance Mike Jeffries 469 1.5 N/A
Majority 8,383 27.2
Turnout 30,875 52.0 -13.7
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Telford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bruce Grocott 21,456 57.8 N/A
Conservative Bernard Gentry 10,166 27.4 N/A
Liberal Democrat Nathaniel Green 4,371 11.8 N/A
Referendum Party C. Morris 1,119 3.0 N/A
Majority 11,290 N/A
Turnout 65.6 N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ A borough 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.