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Shrewsbury and Atcham (UK Parliament constituency)

Members of ParliamentEdit

GeographyEdit

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 only in name not in its boundaries.

Component settlements and landscapeEdit

At its heart lies the town of Shrewsbury (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, cutting straight through the area. The main roads through the area are the A5 and A49. Total population of the area is around 105,000.

Local governmentEdit

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

Proposed constituency changesEdit

Under constituency boundary proposals announced in September 2016 ahead of the next general election, the seat will take from the Ludlow constituency the wards 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.[2][3]

HistoryEdit

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 and remained with the Liberal Democrats until 5 April 2005 when he sought to show strong solidarity with Labour stop the war MPs by returning to his old party, 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.

ElectionsEdit

Elections in the 2010sEdit

Next General Election: Shrewsbury and Atcham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Nat Green[4]
Labour Julia Buckley[5]
General election 2017: Shrewsbury and Atcham[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Daniel Kawczynski 29,073 50.0   4.4
Labour Laura Davies 22,446 38.6   10.7
Liberal Democrats Hannah Fraser 4,254 7.3   0.6
UKIP Edward Higginbottom 1,363 2.3   12.1
Green Emma Bullard 1,067 1.8   2.3
Majority 6,627 11.4
Turnout 58,203 73.6
Conservative hold Swing -3.1
General election 2015: Shrewsbury and Atcham[7][6][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Daniel Kawczynski 24,628 45.5   1.6
Labour Laura Davies 15,063 27.8   7.3
UKIP Suzanne Evans 7,813 14.4   11.4
Liberal Democrats Christine Tinker 4,268 7.9   21.1
Green Emma Bullard 2,247 4.2   3.1
Children of the Atom Stirling McNeillie 83 0.2 N/A
Majority 9,565 17.7
Turnout 54,102 70.8   1.0
Conservative hold Swing
General election 2010: Shrewsbury and Atcham[9][10][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Daniel Kawczynski 23,313 43.9   6.3
Liberal Democrats Charles West 15,369 29.0   6.1
Labour Jon Tandy 10,915 20.6   13.5
UKIP Peter Lewis 1,627 3.1   0.4
BNP James Whittall 1,168 2.2 N/A
Green Alan Whittaker 565 1.1   1.2
Impact James Gollins 88 0.2 N/A
Majority 7,944 15.0
Turnout 53,045 70.3   1.0
Conservative hold Swing   0.1

Elections in the 2000sEdit

General election 2005: Shrewsbury and Atcham[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Daniel Kawczynski 18,960 37.7   0.3
Labour Michael Ion 17,152 34.1   10.5
Liberal Democrats Richard Burt 11,487 22.8   10.4
UKIP Peter Lewis 1,349 2.7   0.5
Green Emma Bullard 1,138 2.3   0.4
Independent James Gollins 126 0.3   0.2
World Nigel Harris 84 0.2 N/A
Majority 1,808 3.6
Turnout 50,296 68.7   17.6
Conservative gain from Labour Swing   5.4
General election 2001: Shrewsbury and Atcham[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Paul Marsden 22,253 44.6   7.6
Conservative Anthea McIntyre 18,674 37.4   3.4
Liberal Democrats Jonathan Rule 6,173 12.4   12.6
UKIP Henry Curteis 1,620 3.2   2.4
Green Emma Bullard 931 1.9 N/A
Independent James Gollins 258 0.5   0.1
Majority 3,579 7.2
Turnout 49,909 66.6   8.7
Labour hold Swing   5.5

Elections in the 1990sEdit

General election 1997: Shrewsbury and Atcham[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Paul Marsden 20,484 37.0   11.0
Conservative Derek Conway 18,814 34.0   11.8
Liberal Democrats Anne Woolland 13,838 25.0   2.0
Referendum Dylan Barker 1,346 2.4 N/A
UKIP David Rowlands 477 0.9 N/A
Country, Field and Shooting Sports Alan Dignan 257 0.5 N/A
People's Party Alan Williams 128 0.2 N/A
Majority 1,670 3.0
Turnout 55,344 75.3   7.2
Labour gain from Conservative Swing   11.4
General election 1992: Shrewsbury and Atcham[15][16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Derek Conway 26,681 45.8   2.0
Liberal Democrats Kenneth Hemsley 15,716 27.0   4.1
Labour Liz Owen 15,157 26.0   6.2
Green Geoff Hardy 677 1.2  
Majority 10,965 18.8   2.1
Turnout 58,231 82.5   5.5
Conservative hold Swing   4.1

Elections in the 1980sEdit

General election 1987: Shrewsbury and Atcham[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Derek Conway 26,027 47.8   1.7
Alliance Robert Hutchison 16,963 31.1   0.9
Labour Liz Owen 10,797 19.8   1.4
Green Geoff Hardy 660 1.2 N/A
Majority 9,064 16.7
Turnout 54,447 77.0   3.0
Conservative hold Swing   1.6
General election 1983: Shrewsbury and Atcham[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Derek Conway 24,397 49.5   0.9
Alliance A Bowen 15,773 32.0   4.4
Labour Alan Mosley 9,080 18.4   5.5
Majority 8,624 17.5
Turnout 49,250 74.0   2.7
Conservative win (new seat)

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

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
  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 3)
  2. ^ "It's All Change For MPs, Political map to be transformed". Shropshire Star. 13 September 2016. p. 1.Report by Mark Andrews.
  3. ^ "A radical shake-up of the constituency". Shropshire Star. 13 September 2016. p. 10.Report by Mark Andrews.
  4. ^ "Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidates". Mark Pack. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  5. ^ Jones, Aimee (11 November 2019). "Julia Buckley replaces Laura Davies as Labour candidate for Shrewsbury". Shropshire Star. Retrieved 18th November 2019. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. ^ a b "Shrewsbury & Atcham Parliamentary constituency". BBC News.
  7. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  8. ^ "UK parliamentary election 2015 results". Shropshire Council. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015.
  9. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  10. ^ General election results 2010 Shropshire Council
  11. ^ Election 2010 – Shrewsbury & Atcham BBC News
  12. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  13. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  16. ^ "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
  17. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  18. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.

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