North Shropshire campaign ramps up this weekend

The campaign to take the North Shropshire seat from the Conservatives got off to a flying start last weekend, including a visit from Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey. The North Shropshire team supported by campaigners across the country have been leafleting and talking to voters since last Saturday.

The betting odds on the Lib Dem candidates winning this seat have been slashed from 10:1 to 4:1. That’s good when we are trying to overturn a majority of nearly 23,000. I am not suggesting you gamble but if you can get to North Shropshire, please to so and help win the seat whatever the bookies’ odds. There are also other ways you can help if you can’t get there.

Ed Davey and Daisy Cooper are campaigning in Wem on Friday afternoon. Saturday lunch, Tim Farron and Sarah Green will officially launch the campaign just outside Wem at 1pm. Campaigners will also be out in Oswestry, Market Drayton and Whittington over the next few days.

If you can’t get to North Shropshire, there are many other ways you can help. Sign up here. Join the North Shropshire Lib Dem Facebook page.

When and where to campaign in North Shropshire

Travel advice is below.

  • 11am Market Drayton. Delivery. Meet Vijay Naidu in Asda Car Park, TF9 1HY.


  • 10.30 am Whittington: Delivery. Meet Helen Morgan in Whittington Village Car Park, SY11 4PY.
  • 2.30pm Wem: Canvassing with Sir Ed Davey MP and Daisy Cooper MP. Meet Helen Morgan in Wem Railway Station Car Park SY4 5AZ.


  • 10.30 am Oswestry. Delivery. Meet Alex Wagner in Oak Street Car Park SY11 1LN.
  • 10.30 am Market Drayton: Delivery. Meet Helen Morgan in Asda Car Park, TF9 1HY.
  • 1pm Wem: Official launch with Sarah Green MP and Tim Farron MP. Soulton Hall, Soulton, Wem, SY4 5RS.
  • 4pm Whittington – canvassing. Meet Alex Wagner in Whittington Village Car Park, SY11 4PY.

Look for a car with the Lib Dem Orange Diamond in the rear window.

How to get to North Shropshire

Shropshire is a very rural county – and a very beautiful one. But there is a golden rule if you are driving. Allow a bit more time than you think is needed to get to your destination. There are no motorways here and most of the trunk roads have bottlenecks.

If you are coming by train, Shrewsbury is the main hub. The Bus Station is a short walk straight ahead of you as you leave the station. Traveline has details of routes and services.

Oswestry. There are regular trains to Oswestry. The nearest station is Gobowen a few miles outside the town centre. Oswestry has a lot of taxis. Here are just three:

  • Jeff & Burgess: 01691 656367
  • Berwyn Cars: 01691 652000
  • Oswestry Cabs: 01691 661663

There are buses every half an hour from the station to Oswestry. The bus stop is on the north side of the station. If you are coming from the south you will need to cross the track, past the pub, turn right and the bus stop is opposite the chippy. There is Co-op for those needing supplies. The X5 bus takes 40 minutes to get to Oswestry centre from Shrewsbury Bus Station, the X4 a little longer.

Market Drayton. No rail station and it’s a one hour ride by bus from Shrewsbury. Driving would be the best option.

Whittington. This is near Gobowen. The bus to Oswestry will drop you at the edge of the village and it is a ten or so minute hike into the village centre. Or you can get the X4 or X5 from Shrewsbury Bus Station.

Wem is on the railway line between Shrewsbury and Crewe. Not all trains stop, so check the times. You will probably need to change at Shrewsbury. You may find travelling via Crewe more convenient.

Example journeys by public transport

Soulton Hall will be the location for the official launch on Saturday at 1pm. Leave Birmingham New Street station at 10:15 am. Arrive at Crewe at 11:07am. Take the 11:20 train to Wem, arriving at 11:55am. Cross the tracks and turn right. Take the 511 bus to Soulton at 12:25pm arriving at 12:47pm. Ask the bus driver to drop you near the hall.

Oswestry on Saturday. Leave Birmingham New Street station at 08:25am arriving in Shrewsbury station at 09:21am. Coming out of the station the bus station is a three or four minute walk straight ahead of you. Catch the 9:35am X4 from Stand J arriving at Oswestry at 10:30am.

There are other public transport travel options around North Shropshire. Usually enough to get a full day’s campaigning in.

* Andy Boddington is a Lib Dem councillor in Shropshire. He blogs at He is Thursday editor of Lib Dem Voice.

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  • John Marriott 11th Nov '21 - 9:16am

    Well, it won’t be for lack of effort. I wish the Lib Dem campaigners the best of luck. Given what we have had to put up with these past few years they deserve it! Win lose or draw, I am sure that they will enjoy every minute. After all, it’s campaigning the Lib Dems do best. It’s the other stuff that often is harder for them to get a handle on.🤞🤞

  • I think I understand where John Marriott is coming from! The party is right to throw everything at this. The country is in peril. Today’s news about the state of the ambulance services and hospitals may lead many elderly people to opt for voluntary lockdown. Perhaps our best hope is a result in Shropshire which causes more government U-turns (of the right sort).

  • Julian Heather 11th Nov '21 - 2:02pm

    Andy – many thanks for putting this together. The travel info is fabulous ! I’ve been scrabbling around, looking on the internet to see how to get up there by public transport, and to try and locate places to stay. And in case people might have missed the “sign up” link, this is how you can register to help:

  • Paul Barker 11th Nov '21 - 6:12pm

    The best of luck to all concerned.
    On the Political scene more generally, the average Tory Lead in the Polls has fallen below 1% with two of the last seven Polls giving a Labour Lead. I would expect to see an average Labour Lead in the next Week or so.
    We averaged more than 9% over the last ten Polls, at a time when I was expecting our last “Byelection Bounce” to fade away – that’s a hopeful sign.

  • Live in a neighbouring seat, will get across weather and COVID permitting.
    One other thought are London Liberals organising a good campaign at Bexley, a good result there would provide more momentum

  • Phil Beesley 11th Nov '21 - 6:55pm

    As Andy has demonstrated, the campaign team needs transport geeks to communicate bus and train links. Thanks, Andy.

  • Mick Scholes 11th Nov '21 - 9:20pm

    Could someone please remind me by posting the links for 1) Signing up to help either in the constituency or via phone banking, and 2) making a financial donation to the by election campaign?

  • Andy Boddington 12th Nov '21 - 3:45am

    You can sign up for the North Shropshire campaign here.

  • Andy Boddington 12th Nov '21 - 3:49am

    Thanks for the comments about transport. It’s a bit of an art form here in Shropshire to get from A to B at times. I hope to publish on campaign dates weekly and I’ll include travel info.

  • Rif Winfield 12th Nov '21 - 10:13am

    For those going to Oswestry, please note that Gobowen is the site of a major hospital facility of national importance whose staff and patients live throughout the constituency (and across the border in Wales). LibDem policies as regards the NHS and the pandemic are extremely relevant here.

  • I think the quickest route is Euston-Wem via Crewe: About 2 1/2 hours.

  • Just checked my Paddy Power account. Odds on Lib Dem win have now dropped to 10/3, and they are imposing a £30 maximum bet. Usually a sign something is happening in the ground war….

  • Andy Boddington 12th Nov '21 - 10:42am

    If cannot get to North Shropshire, please donate to our campaign fund

  • Nonconformistradical 12th Nov '21 - 10:54am

    Andy I know you said in another thread that candidate selection is being fast-tracked – what’s the timescale please?

  • Andy Boddington 12th Nov '21 - 11:20am

    We won’t know until next week 🙁

  • With regards to the size of the majority to overcome, many at the last GE would have voted Tory simply out of fear of Corbyn getting into Downing street. This will not be a factor this time.

  • Andy Boddington 13th Nov '21 - 10:26am

    From North Shropshire Libs Dems: “Just a point on the HQ, we’ve given the address as Soulton Hall, Soulton, Wem, SY4 5RS. This is correct for navigation, but the actual HQ will be next to the hall in Soulton Court (see image below). The venue will be well signposted.”

  • On the wider context, we seem to be heading towards 10% in National Polling & Labour seem to have established a clear Lead over The Tories.

  • Jayne mansfield 13th Nov '21 - 9:10pm

    @ Duncan Barrowman,
    The Conservatives have chosen well.

  • To anyone who is not sure if a donation will make a difference. It will! Even £5 or £10 will be useful, so please do send whatever you can –
    And please also share this info with your local party members and friends. Some of them (gasp) may not be visitors to LDV! So it’s up to you to spread the word.

  • Chris Moore 14th Nov '21 - 7:45am

    OK, ten quid donated plus costs.

    Best of luck.

    The Tory candidate does look strong.

  • It is vital that everyone who can gets out there to support the local team. We often have end up with more leaflets produced than we can deliver, and never enough canvassing.

    If every activist within 3 hours travelling time could give just one day to the campaign we could easily win.

  • As for the strength of the Conservative – He works as a barrister for a firm (chambers) that specialises in Medical Negligence claims, allegedly “most notable for its claimant work,” which just might include extracting large amounts of money for clients and fees for themselves out of the NHS.

    Not necessarily the most beneficial choice of career to make use of the skills he obtained through the NHS.

  • Andy Boddington 17th Nov '21 - 12:46pm

    Chris Lovell-Morgan is agent

  • Andy Boddington 17th Nov '21 - 12:48pm

    Cheques made out to North Shropshire Liberal Democrats posted to “Freepost NSLIBDEMS”. It is important to include your name and address to record the donation.

  • Kevin Fowkes 27th Nov '21 - 2:20pm

    I would like to volunteer to help us win this. I cannot bear the continuation of this economically destructive Johnson Conservative government.

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