50 marginal constituencies
1 general election
Solihull

For the final results in each of 50for15's constituencies, see this post.

What? Unexpected gain for the Liberal Democrats in 2005, which was held by a whisker (175 votes) in 2010 even after boundary changes that had supposedly given the Conservatives an advantage in the seat.

Where? In the West Midlands, a twenty-minute train journey south-east of Birmingham.

Why? Liberal Democrat MP Lorely Burt’s has a track record for winning the seat against the Conservatives in two extremely close elections, but can she do it again? In Solihull Council, the Conservatives have a majority and the Greens form the main opposition.

Previous election results

Data via the Guardian.

Liberal Democrat majority in 2010: 175

The MP in the last Parliament – Lorely Burt

Lorely Burt, MP for Solihull

Lorely Burt, MP for Solihull

Lorely Burt (Lib Dem) began her career in the prison service, eventually running her own training company. She first stood for Parliament in 2001, in Dudley South, and was elected MP for Solihull in 2005. From 2010 to 2012 she was Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Policy Committee on Business, Innovation and Skills; since 2012 she has been Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander. Full biography on Burt’s website.

@lorelyburt

The challengers

Julian Knight, Conservative challenger for Solihull

Julian Knight, Conservative challenger for Solihull

Formerly a BBC journalist, Julian Knight (Con) lives in Olton, a north-west suburb of Solihull. He was the first person in his family to attend university. Full biography on Knight’s website.

@julianknight15

Nigel Knowles, Labour's candidate in Solihull

Nigel Knowles, Labour PPC for Solihull

Writer and trade unionist Nigel Knowles (Lab) has served as Chairman of Worcestershire County Council and Wyre Forest District Council. He also used to be Mayor of Kidderminster. More details in the Solihull Observer.

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Phil Henrick, UKIP’s candidate for Solihull

 

Phil Henrick (UKIP) speaks Spanish, Catalan, and French. He describes himself as “passionate about democracy and hence anti-EU.” Full biography on Henrick’s website.

@philhenrick

 

Howard Allen, Green candidate for Solihull

Howard Allen, Green candidate for Solihull

Formerly a Lib Dem, Howard Allen (Green) represents the Shirley West ward on Solihull Council, where he sits on the Planning Committee and Licensing Committee.

@cllrhowardallen

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