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North Shropshire is a constituency represented in the House of Commonsmarker of the Parliament of the United Kingdommarker. 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 (Ludlowmarker, 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 Shropshiremarker and Oswestrymarker.

The constituency is rural and is north of Shrewsburymarker, west of Newcastle-under-Lymemarker and south of Cheshiremarker. The towns of Wemmarker, Whitchurchmarker, Ellesmeremarker, Oswestrymarker, and Market Draytonmarker 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

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