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North Shropshire
County constituency
North Shropshire shown within Shropshire, and Shropshire shown within England
Created: 1832, 1983
MP: Owen Paterson
Party: Conservative
Type: House of Commons
County: Shropshire
EP constituency: West Midlands

North Shropshire 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 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



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

from 1983

  • Constituency revived in 1983
Election Member Party
1983 John Biffen Conservative
1997 Owen Paterson Conservative

Election results

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

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