North Shropshire (UK Parliament constituency)

North Shropshire (UK Parliament constituency)
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of NorthShropshire in Shropshire.
Outline map
Location of Shropshire within England.
County Shropshire
Electorate 77,673 (December 2010)
Current constituency
Created 1983 (1983)
Member of Parliament Owen Paterson (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Oswestry
1832 (1832)1885 (1885)
Number of members Two
Replaced by Oswestry
European Parliament constituency West Midlands

North Shropshire (or Shropshire North) is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. From its first creation in 1832 to the abolition of the first creation in 1885 it elected two Knights of the Shire. In 1885 it was - together with the constituency of South Shropshire - divided between four constituencies (Ludlow, Newport, Oswestry and Wellington).

In 1983 it was revived. It now elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

The present MP is Owen Paterson, who has held the seat since 1997, and was appointed to be the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in May 2010.



The constituency is coextensive with that of the North area of Shropshire Council, which is the same as the former districts of North Shropshire and Oswestry.

The constituency is rural and is north of Shrewsbury, west of Newcastle-under-Lyme and south of Cheshire. The towns of Wem, Whitchurch, Ellesmere, Oswestry, and Market Drayton are present.

No boundary changes occurred to this constituency with the latest review of boundaries in England, despite the large population (estimated at 100,400 for mid-2007).

Members of Parliament

MPs 1832–1885

  • Constituency created in 1832
Election First member[1] First party Second member[1] Second party
1832 Sir Rowland Hill, Bt Tory John Cotes Whig
1834 Conservative
1835 William Ormsby-Gore Conservative
1843 by-election Viscount Clive Conservative
1848 by-election John Whitehall Dod Conservative
1857 Hon. Rowland Hill Conservative
1859 John Ormsby-Gore Conservative
1865 Hon. Charles Cust Conservative
1866 by-election Hon. Adelbert Brownlow-Cust Conservative
1867 by-election Viscount Newport Conservative
1876 by-election Stanley Leighton Conservative
1885 Constituency abolished

MPs since 1983

Election Member[1] Party
1983 John Biffen Conservative
1997 Owen Paterson Conservative


Elections in the 2010s

General Election 2010: North Shropshire[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Owen Paterson 26,692 51.5 +1.9
Liberal Democrat Ian Croll 10,864 20.9 +1.2
Labour Ian McLaughlan 9,406 18.1 -7.8
UKIP Sandra List 2,432 4.7 -0.1
BNP Phil Reddall 1,667 3.2 +3.2
Green Steve Boulding 808 1.6 +1.6
Majority 15,828 30.5
Turnout 51,869 65.7 +2.4
Conservative hold Swing +0.3

Elections in the 2000s

General Election 2005: North Shropshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Owen Paterson 23,061 49.6 +1.0
Labour Sandra Samuels 12,041 25.9 −9.3
Liberal Democrat Steve Bourne 9,175 19.7 +6.9
UKIP Ian Smith 2,233 4.8 +2.3
Majority 11,020 23.7
Turnout 46,510 61.4 −1.7
Conservative hold Swing +5.1
General Election 2001: North Shropshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Owen Paterson 22,631 48.6 +8.4
Labour Mike Ion 16,390 35.2 -0.8
Liberal Democrat Ben Jephcott 5,945 12.8 -7.6
UKIP David Trevanion 1,165 2.5
Independent (politician) Russell Maxfield 389 0.8
Majority 6,241 13.4
Turnout 46,520 63.1 -9.5

Elections in the 1990s

General Election 1992: Shropshire North[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Biffen 32,443 50.5 −1.7
Liberal Democrat HJ Stevens 16,232 25.3 −2.2
Labour RJ Hawkins 15,550 24.2 +3.8
Majority 16,211 25.2 +0.5
Turnout 64,225 77.7 +2.2
Conservative hold Swing +0.2

See also

  • Parliamentary constituencies in Shropshire

Notes and references


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