telegraph.co.uk | sport.telegraph.co.uk | travel.telegraph.co.uk | money.telegraph.co.uk
election2001
Constituency A-Z
Map A-Z
MPs A-Z
Swingometer
Paxman game
Issues
Analysis
Win 1,000,000
Telegraph home
UK News
International news
City news
Opinions
DT letters
Telegraph feedback
Sport
Site index
About us
Contact us
Credits
Readers Poll Con 52% Lab 28% LD 18% Nat 2% Enter your vote to win 1M

Shropshire North
Conservative hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Local politics do not offer a very clear guide to the breakdown of the political and electoral structure of North Shropshire. This is one of the few parts of the country where Independents still rule, and there are also a number of unopposed returns, including some which allow Labour councillors to take their seats in the industrial area bordering Wrexham's old coalfield, and in Market Drayton and Oswestry, after which this seat used to be named before 1983. However, although Labour cut the new candidate Owen Paterson's majority to just 2,000 after 36 years of thoughtful and independent, even semi-detached, Tory representation by John Biffen, they have never won in this little-visited part of the Welsh borders.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Owen Patterson, an Opposition Whip and a welcome toff amidst the suburban dross of contemporary Tory MPs, was elected in 1997 as the charming-if-abrasively partisan, Radley and Cambridge (Corpus Christi)-educated, son-in-law of Viscount Ridley. Born 1956, he previously worked with his family's British Leather Company from 1979, and was by 1993 its managing director. As a pugnacious right-winger who backed Redwood in 1997, he campaigns against all legislation affecting the countryside, whether beef bans, high fuel duty, hunting bans, beleaguered hauliers and monumentally filibustered a Bill to ban fur farming. Good-looking and oozing savoir faire, he also rubbished Welsh devolution as involving "a coachload of superannuated county councillors."
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 21.20% 14.99% 141.41
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 12.40% 2.13% 582.98
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.37% 2.49% 55.14
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.61% 4.43% 36.43
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 3.20% 7.27% 44.03
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.00% 2.56% 0.00
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.60% 3.94% 15.29
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 24.27% 13.04% 186.15
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 10.52% 12.70% 82.78
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 11.40% 8.14% 139.98
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.14% 4.02% 53.10
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.12% 3.19% 97.86
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 7.22% 11.31% 63.81
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.63% 3.06% 20.52
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.32% 2.52% 12.78
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.01% 0.06% 12.25
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 9.06% 9.41% 96.29
5-10K 17.10% 16.63% 102.82
10-15K 17.55% 16.58% 105.85
15-20K 14.45% 13.58% 106.39
20-25K 10.93% 10.39% 105.16
25-30K 8.00% 7.77% 102.87
30-35K 5.79% 5.79% 100.02
35-40K 4.20% 4.33% 96.94
40-45K 3.06% 3.27% 93.82
45-50K 2.25% 2.48% 90.79
50-55K 1.67% 1.90% 87.89
55-60K 1.26% 1.47% 85.15
60-65K 0.95% 1.15% 82.59
65-70K 0.73% 0.91% 80.18
70-75K 0.56% 0.72% 77.94
75-80K 0.44% 0.57% 75.84
80-85K 0.34% 0.46% 73.88
85-90K 0.27% 0.37% 72.03
90-95K 0.21% 0.31% 70.30
95-100K 0.17% 0.25% 68.67
100K + 0.81% 1.34% 60.03

Local Map of the constituency
Shropshire North - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Shropshire North - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.78%)
Conservative (- 10.56%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.64%)
Conservative (8.41%)
Labour (-  0.75%) Liberal Democrat (-  7.58%)
Con - 10.56%
Lab 9.78%
LD - 2.64%
Con 8.41%
Lab - 0.75%
LD - 7.58%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Owen Paterson
Conservative hold
Con Conservative (48.65%) 22,631 48.65%
Lab Labour (35.23%) 16,390 35.23%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.78%) 5,945 12.78%
Oth Other (3.34%) 1,554 3.34%
Maj Majority (13.42%) 6,241 13.42%
Turn Turnout (63.11%) 46,520 63.11%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Owen Paterson
Conservative hold
L Michael Ion 16,390 35.23%
LD Ben Jephcott 5,945 12.78%
I Russell Maxfield 389 0.84%
C Owen Paterson 22,631 48.65%
UK David Trevanion 1,165 2.50%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Owen Patterson
Conservative
Con Conservative (40.24%) 20,730 40.24%
Lab Labour (35.98%) 18,535 35.98%
LD Liberal Democrat (20.36%) 10,489 20.36%
Ref Referendum (3.42%) 1,764 3.42%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (4.26%) 2,195 4.26%
Turn Turnout (72.71%) 51,518 72.71%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (50.80%) 27,159 50.80%
Lab Labour (26.20%) 13,978 26.20%
LD Liberal Democrat (23.00%) 12,283 23.00%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (24.70%) 13,181 24.70%
Turn Turnout (78.21%) 53,420 78.21%

Search for your constituency
Search by postcode
Search by MP
Complete list of MPs
Search by constituency
Complete list of constituencies
Search by map go
Previous Previous
Top Top