|Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury|
11 September 2012
|Member of Parliament
5 May 2005
|Preceded by||John Taylor|
September 10, 1954 |
Sedgley, West Midlands, England
|Political party||Liberal Democrats|
|Children||Stepson James; Daughter Emma|
|Alma mater||University College, Swansea|
She attended High Arcal Grammar School, Dudley (1966–71) and Dudley Technical College (A-levels 1971-73) before going to University College, Swansea where she attained a BSc Honours in Economics. She later received an MBA from the Open University.
Employment before Parliament
After graduating in economics, Burt began her career in the Prison Service as an Assistant Governor at Holloway Prison, before working for several national companies in the field of personnel and training. She later set up an award-winning training company and worked as a director in the marketing and financial services sector, before moving into part-time consultancy work when she became the prospective Liberal Democrat candidate for Solihull.
Burt's political career began on Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, where she served from 1998 to 2003.
Member of Parliament
In the run up to the 2005 general election, Burt campaigned on various local issues affecting Solihull, and succeeded in overturning incumbent John Taylor's 9,407 majority to a 279 majority in her favour. This was a striking achievement as the Conservatives lost only two other seats to the Liberal Democrats that year. Solihull had been a traditionally Conservative constituency, and Burt was aided by many former Labour voters switching to vote Liberal Democrat.
Following her election, Burt became a Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Northern Ireland, an Opposition Whip and also served on the Treasury Select Committee. Following the election of Sir Menzies Campbell to the leadership of the party in 2006, Burt became the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Small Business and Women and Equality. In 2007 she moved to become the Spokesperson for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.
In the 2010 general election, boundary changes had made her seat notionally Conservative. Against the national trend, however, she held Solihull by 175 votes over her Conservative opponent Maggie Throup.
In 2013 Burt was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury. Upon taking this new role she resigned from her positions as BIS Co-Chair and Chair of the Parliamentary Party.
Burt has campaigned on a number of issues both locally and nationally. Locally, she has campaigned to prevent Shirley parkland from being developed, to save Solihull’s NHS Walk-In Centre, to save Shirley Library from closure by the Conservative-run council and for a better ambulance service.
Burt is married and has a daughter and a stepson.
- "NEC casino rejection challenged". BBC News. July 9, 2006.
- Holloway https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HM_Prison_Holloway
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Lorely Burt.|
- Lorely Burt MP official constituency site
- Lorely Burt official Liberal Democrats profile
- Solihull Liberal Democrats
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005
- Current session contributions in Parliament at Hansard
- Electoral history and profile at The Guardian
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
- Profile at BBC News Democracy Live
- Audio clips
- Video clips
- WPRadio face to face video Discussing changes she would like to make on behalf of women
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
John M. Taylor
|Member of Parliament for Solihull