Lorely Burt

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The Baroness Burt of Solihull
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Liberal Democrat Equalities Spokesperson
Assumed office
October 2016
LeaderTim Farron
Vince Cable
Preceded byBaroness Hussein-Ece
Liberal Democrat Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Spokesperson
In office
29 July 2015 – October 2016
LeaderTim Farron
Preceded byVince Cable
Succeeded byDon Foster, Baron Foster of Bath
Liberal Democrat Northern Ireland Spokesperson
In office
9 January 2015 – 16 July 2015
LeaderNick Clegg
Preceded byAlistair Carmichael (2010)
Succeeded byLord Alderdice
Assistant Government Whip
In office
4 November 2014 – 8 May 2015
Preceded byJenny Willott
Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury
In office
11 September 2012 – 4 November 2014
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
LeaderNick Clegg
Preceded byGordon Birtwistle
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
9 October 2015
Life Peerage
Member of Parliament
for Solihull
In office
5 May 2005 – 7 May 2015
Preceded byJohn Taylor
Succeeded byJulian Knight
Personal details
Born (1954-09-10) 10 September 1954 (age 64)
Sedgley, Staffordshire, England
Political partyLiberal Democrats
Spouse(s)Richard Burt
ChildrenStepson James; Daughter Emma
Alma materUniversity College, Swansea

Lorely Jane Burt, Baroness Burt of Solihull (born 10 September 1954) is a British politician, who was the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Solihull from 2005 to 2015.[1] She was nominated for a life peerage in the 2015 Dissolution Honours.[2]

Early life[edit]

Burt 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[edit]

After graduating in economics, Burt began her career in the Prison Service as an Assistant Governor at HM Prison Holloway before working for several national companies in personnel and training. She later set up a training company and worked as a director in the marketing and financial services sector. She started part-time consultancy work when she became the prospective Liberal Democrat candidate for Solihull.

Political career[edit]

Burt's political career began on Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, where she served from 1998 to 2003. She stood for election in Dudley South at the 2001 general election. She also stood for the West Midlands region at the 2004 European Parliament election.

Member of Parliament[edit]

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. 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 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 October 2007, she was elected as the party's first female Chair of the Liberal Democrats' Parliamentary Party, defeating John Thurso and Andrew George in a poll of MPs.[3]

In the 2010 general election, boundary changes had made her seat notionally Conservative. She held Solihull by 175 votes over her Conservative opponent Maggie Throup.

In 2013 Burt was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Danny Alexander,[4] 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.

In April 2014 she was appointed the government's Ambassador for Women in Enterprise.[5]

In November 2014 Burt was appointed to be an Assistant Government Whip.[6]

She lost her seat to the Conservative Julian Knight in the 2015 General Election. She was announced as a new peer in the 2015 Dissolution Honours and on the afternoon of 9 October she was created Baroness Burt of Solihull, of Solihull in the County of West Midlands.[7]


Burt has campaigned on a number of issues both locally and nationally. Locally, she has campaigned to prevent Shirley parkland from being developed,[8] to save Solihull’s NHS Walk-In Centre,[9] to save Shirley Library from closure[10] and for a better ambulance service.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Burt is married to Richard, who himself has been a Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate several times, and has a daughter and a stepson.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "NEC casino rejection challenged". BBC News. 9 July 2006.
  2. ^ "Dissolution Peerages 2015". Gov.uk. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  3. ^ "UK | UK Politics | Lib Dem MPs pick woman chairman". BBC News. 24 October 2007. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Lorely Burt, MP. Solihull, Liberal Democrat". BBC.
  5. ^ "Government appoints Lorely Burt to champion female entrepreneurs". Telegraph.co.uk. 22 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Liberal Democrat Ministerial Changes". Libdems.org.
  7. ^ "notice 2415596". The Edinburgh Gazette.
  8. ^ "Lorely Burt MP". Liberal Democrats.
  9. ^ "MP Lorely Burt wins Walk-In Centre Consultation". Solihull and Meriden Liberal Democrats.
  10. ^ "Lorely Burt slams library decision". Lorely Burt. 9 July 2013.
  11. ^ "Local MP takes ambulance crisis to the Prime Minister". Lorely Burt. 16 October 2013.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John M. Taylor
Member of Parliament for Solihull
Succeeded by
Julian Knight