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

Telford
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
Overlaps
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 defeated David Wright, the former Labour Party MP for the seat.[n 2]

History[edit]

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]

Boundaries[edit]

1997-2010: The District of The Wrekin wards of Brookside, Cuckoo Oak, Dawley Magna, Hollinswood/Randley, Ironbridge (The Gorge), Ketley Bank, Langley, Lawley, Madeley, Malinslee, Priorslee, Stirchley, Wombridge, Woodside, and Wrockwardine Wood.

2010-present: The Borough of Telford and Wrekin wards of Brookside, Cuckoo Oak, Dawley Magna, Horsehay and Lightmoor, Ironbridge Gorge, Ketley and Oakengates, Lawley and Overdale, Madeley, Malinslee, Priorslee, St George's, The Nedge, Woodside, Wrockwardine Wood, and Trench.

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 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[edit]

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 7,330 18.0 +12.2
Green Peter Hawkins 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 +2.1
General Election 2010: Telford[8][9]
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 N/A
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[10]
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[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Wright 16,854 54.6 −3.2
Conservative Andrew Douglas Henderson 8,471 27.4 0.0
Liberal Democrat Sallyann Wiggin 3,983 12.9 +1.1
UKIP Nicola Brookes 1,098 3.6 N/A
Socialist Alliance Michael Paul 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[12]
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 Christopher Morris 1,119 3.0 N/A
Majority 11,290 30.4 N/A
Turnout 37,112 65.6 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  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.
References
  1. ^ "Electorate Figures – Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Surprise result as Labour stalwart Wright loses out to Conservative candidate Allan". Shropshire Star. 8 May 2015. p. 5. Election 2015 report.
  3. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  4. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "T" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  5. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "BBC NEWS – Election 2015 – Telford". BBC News. 
  7. ^ "Lucy Allan MP". Lucy Allan MP. 
  8. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "BBC NEWS – Election 2010 – Telford". BBC News. 
  10. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.