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The Wrekin

2010 Results:
Conservative: 21922 (47.69%)
Labour: 12472 (27.13%)
Liberal Democrat: 8019 (17.44%)
BNP: 1505 (3.27%)
UKIP: 2050 (4.46%)
Majority: 9450 (20.56%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Conservative: 17661 (42%)
Labour: 16609 (39.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 6305 (15%)
Other: 1498 (3.6%)
Majority: 1052 (2.5%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 18899 (41.9%)
Labour: 17957 (39.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 6608 (14.7%)
UKIP: 1590 (3.5%)
Majority: 942 (2.1%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 15945 (38.4%)
Labour: 19532 (47.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 4738 (11.4%)
UKIP: 1275 (3.1%)
Majority: 3587 (8.6%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 18218 (40.2%)
Labour: 21243 (46.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 5807 (12.8%)
Majority: 3025 (6.7%)

Boundary changes: minor changes. The Wrekin loses Ketley and part of Priorslee ward to Telford, and gains a small number of voters in Worckwardine.

Profile: A largely rural dormitory seat in North East Shropshire. 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 Nort, Shifnal to the East and the large dormitory village of Albrighton. 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.

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. It was announced in 2005 that the Army Base Repair Organisation at Donnington is due to close in 2007 with a loss of 1,000 jobs. RAF Cosford is also situated in the constituency near Albrighton.

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.

portraitCurrent MP: Mark Pritchard(Conservative) Company director within market communications. Former borough councillor. Contested Warley in 2001. First elected to the Wrekin in 2005. (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitMark Pritchard(Conservative) Company director within market communications. Former borough councillor. Contested Warley in 2001. First elected to the Wrekin in 2005. (more information at They work for you)
portraitPaul Kalinauckas (Labour) Chief executive of a community finance initiative.
portraitAlyson Cameron-Daw (Liberal Democrat)
portraitMalcolm Hurst (UKIP) Contested Staffordshire south delayed election 2005, West Midlands european elections 2009.
portraitSusan Harwood (BNP)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 85451
Male: 50.3%
Female: 49.7%
Under 18: 23%
Over 60: 19.6%
Born outside UK: 5.3%
White: 95.2%
Black: 0.5%
Asian: 2.9%
Mixed: 0.8%
Other: 0.5%
Christian: 77.1%
Muslim: 1.8%
Sikh: 0.9%
Full time students: 3.5%
Graduates 16-74: 17%
No Qualifications 16-74: 27.7%
Owner-Occupied: 70.8%
Social Housing: 18.8% (Council: 8.8%, Housing Ass.: 10%)
Privately Rented: 5.8%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 5.4%

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