Solihull (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Solihull in West Midlands
Location of West Midlands within England
|Electorate||77,354 (December 2010)|
|Member of Parliament||Julian Knight (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
Members of Parliament
|1945||Sir Martin Lindsay||Conservative|
|2005||Lorely Burt||Liberal Democrat|
The Solihull area is home to some of the West Midlands's more affluent residents and includes a high proportion of Birmingham workers and the managerial classes in manufacturing, retail, industry and the public sector. There are smaller villages and undeveloped green belt areas in its peripheral countryside, though the seat is primarily suburban and middle-class, with low levels of deprivation throughout. Workless claimants stood at only 2% of the population in November 2012, below every regional average in the UK. In the study of that date, only three of the 59 West Midlands seats had a lower proportion of registered jobseekers.
Following boundary changes, the northernmost tip of the seat now contains the point in England furthest from the coast in any direction.
The constituency is one of two covering the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull. It covers the town of Solihull itself, as well as Shirley and Olton. It is a largely well-off, residential area, in the south-east of the West Midlands conurbation.
1945–1974: The Urban District of Solihull.
1974–1983: The County Borough of Solihull.
1983–present: The Metropolitan Borough of Solihull wards of Elmdon, Lyndon, Olton, St Alphege, Shirley East, Shirley South, Shirley West, and Silhill.
Conservative candidates won the seat from its outset in 1945 until a loss in 2005, the seat meanwhile seeing boundary changes covered above. In the 2005 general election Solihull was won by the Liberal Democrats, with Lorely Burt beating the incumbent John Taylor by a majority of 279 votes. Burt won the seat again at the 2010 general election, this time by just 175 votes following two recounts. Since 2015 the seat has been represented by Julian Knight, who won the seat with a majority of 12,902 beating incumbent Lorely Burt. At the 2017 election, Knight increased his majority to just over 20,000, with a very similar result in 2019, making Solihull a safe Conservative seat.
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Ade Adeyemo||9,977||18.0||2.3|
|Liberal Democrats||Ade Adeyemo||8,901||15.7||10.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Lorely Burt||14,054||25.7||17.2|
|An Independence from Europe||Mike Nattrass||50||0.1||N/A|
|Democratic||Matthew J. Ward||33||0.1||N/A|
|Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats||Swing||11.9|
|Liberal Democrats||Lorely Burt||23,635||42.9||3.5|
|Solihull and Meriden Residents' Association||Neill Watts||319||0.6||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||0.3|
- Due to Boundary Changes this seat was notionally Conservative, even though it was previously held by the Liberal Democrats, making it a Liberal Democrat gain.
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Lorely Burt||20,896||39.9||13.9|
|Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative||Swing||10.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Jo Byron||12,528||26.0||0.7|
|ProLife Alliance||Mary Pyne||374||0.8||0.3|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Michael J. Southcombe||14,902||25.3||4.3|
|Labour||Rachel N. Harris||14,334||24.3||7.6|
|ProLife Alliance||Jim Caffery||623||1.1||N/a|
|Liberal Democrats||Michael J. Southcombe||13,239||21.0||3.0|
|Green||Clifford G. Hards||925||1.5||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|Liberal||Geoff E. Gadie||14,058||23.95|
|Labour||Sue E. Knowles||8,791||14.98|
Elections in the 1970s
|National Front||D. Stevenson||978||1.50|
|Liberal||R. A. Davis||7,795||13.27|
Elections in the 1960s
|Labour||Thomas WK Scott||11,969||21.99|
Elections in the 1950s
|Labour||Eric J Bowen||12,682||26.12|
|Liberal||Ada M Hayes||3,206||7.88|
Election in the 1940s
|Conservative||Sir Martin Lindsay||26,696||55.22|
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