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 Shropshire North
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Owen Paterson Conservative 22,631 48.6 +8.4
Mike Ion Labour 16,390 35.2 -0.8
Ben Jephcott Liberal Democrat 5,945 12.8 -7.6
David Trevanion UK Independence 1,165 2.5  
Russell Maxfield Independent 389 0.8  
Majority 6,241 13.4
Turnout 46,520 63.1 -9.5
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 4.6% from Labour to Conservative

Description
This is a large rural constituency of small towns and villages stretching from around the Welsh border in the west across to Market Drayton in the east, close to the M6 and Newcastle-under-Lyme. The major centre is Oswestry, with other small towns including Ellesmere, Whitchurch and Wem.

Market Drayton has had a street market for over 750 years and is most famous for its gingerbread; Ellesmere is a pretty market town with buildings from the Tudor, Georgian and Victorian periods, not far from its spectacular Mere (lake) complete with a Visitor Centre; Whitchurch is known as ‘Home of the Tower Clocks’, with J.B. Joyce having made magnificent tower clocks - seen on palaces and cathedrals worldwide - for over 300 years here; whilst Wem’s claim to fame is as the home of the modern Sweet Pea, developed by Henry Eckford, the 19th Century nurseryman.

The main economic activities here are agriculture and associated industries, tourism and some light industry.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Shropshire North
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
Owen Paterson Conservative 20,730 40.2
Ian Lucas Labour 18,535 36.0
John Stevens Liberal Democrat 10,489 20.4
Denis Allen Referendum 1,764 3.4
Majority 2,195 4.3
Turnout 51,518 72.6
 
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