The Wrekin

2015 Result:
Conservative: 22579 (49.7%)
Labour: 11836 (26%)
Lib Dem: 1959 (4.3%)
Green: 1443 (3.2%)
UKIP: 7620 (16.8%)
MAJORITY: 10743 (23.6%)

Category: Safe Conservative seat

Geography: West Midlands, Shropshire. Part of Telford and Wrekin council area and part of the Shropshire council area.

Main population centres: Donnington, Wellington, Newport, Shifnal, Albrighton.

Profile: A largely rural dormitory seat in North East Shropshire - the name the Wrekin refers to a large volcanic hill on the border between Shrewbury & Atcham and Telford and Wrekin, the site of an ancient hill fort. Prior to 1997 the Wrekin covered Telford, with the creation of the Telford consituency the Wrekin is now the rural hinterland of Telford, including the northernmost suburbs of Telford such as Donnington and the town of Wellington, plus the town of Newport to the north, Shifnal to the east and the large dormitory village of Albrighton. The seat has a large agriculture sector and is home to Harper Agricultural University College. There is also a substantial military presence in the area, with RAF Cosford situated near Albrighton.

Politics: Most of the seat is traditional Tory territory, but there is a strong Labour vote in areas like Donnington and Hadley which saw the seat return a Labour MP from 1997 until 2005.


Current MP
MARK PRITCHARD (Conservative) Born 1966, brought up in an orphanage. Educated at Aylestone School and London Guildhall University. Former Company director within market communications. Harrow councillor 1993-1994. Contested Warley 2001. First elected as MP for The Wrekin in 2005.
Past Results
2010
Con: 21922 (48%)
Lab: 12472 (27%)
LDem: 8019 (17%)
UKIP: 2050 (4%)
Oth: 1505 (3%)
MAJ: 9450 (21%)
2005*
Con: 18899 (42%)
Lab: 17957 (40%)
LDem: 6608 (15%)
UKIP: 1590 (4%)
MAJ: 942 (2%)
2001
Con: 15945 (38%)
Lab: 19532 (47%)
LDem: 4738 (11%)
UKIP: 1275 (3%)
MAJ: 3587 (9%)
1997
Con: 18218 (40%)
Lab: 21243 (47%)
LDem: 5807 (13%)
MAJ: 3025 (7%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
MARK PRITCHARD (Conservative) See above.
KATRINA GILMAN (Labour) Police evidence reviewer.
ROD KEYES (Liberal Democrat)
JILL SEYMOUR (UKIP)
CATH EDWARDS (Green)
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Comments - 105 Responses on “Wrekin, The”
  1. “Not sure you meant it like that, H.Hemmelig but I’d much prefer a nation obsessed with abuse than one that shrugged its shoulders at it.”

    I’d prefer to live in a country which took a level-headed approach to it rather than going to extremes.

  2. CON win

  3. Conservative Hold. 5,000 majority.

  4. Mark Pritchard has become perhaps the most unlikely MP so far to back staying in the EU http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/public/article1662933.eceC

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