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 Ludlow
Other Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Matthew Green Liberal Democrat 18,620 43.2 +13.5
Martin Taylor-Smith Conservative 16,990 39.4 -3.0
Nigel Knowles Labour 5,785 13.4 -12.0
Jim Gaffney Green 871 2.0 +0.3
Phil Gutteridge UK Independence 858 2.0 +1.2
Majority 1,630 3.8
Turnout 43,124 68.4 -7.1
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 8.2% from Conservative to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 4.5% from Labour to Conservative

Description
The constituency is physically the largest in Shropshire. It stretches from the border with Wales in the west to just short of Dudley and Wolverhampton in the east. Much of the seat is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and it contains the large Environmentally Sensitive Areas of Clun and the South Shropshire Hills.

Ludlow, the largest of the constituency’s towns, has been described as one of the most beautiful and distinguished country towns in England. Once the seat of government for the Welsh Marches, its medieval street pattern survives almost intact, along with many ancient properties: Ludlow Castle is 900 years old, featuring examples of architecture from the Norman, Medieval and Tudor periods; and St. Laurence’s Parish Church - one of the largest in the country - commemorates A.E. Housman, the author of A Shropshire Lad, in its churchyard.

Politically, this constituency has tended to be loyal to the Conservatives. The present MP, arch anti-EU campaigner Christopher Gill, who won a majority of 12.8% in 1997 is standing down.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Ludlow
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Christopher Gill Conservative 19,633 42.4
Ian Huffer Liberal Democrat 13,724 29.7
Nuala O'Kane Labour 11,745 25.4
Tim Andrewes Green 798 1.7
Eric Freeman-Keel UK Independence 385 0.8
Majority 5,909 12.8
Turnout 46,285 75.5
 
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