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|
|European Parliament constituency||West Midlands|
- 1 Boundaries
- 2 History
- 3 Constituency profile
- 4 Members of Parliament
- 5 Elections
- 6 See also
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
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.
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.
Yet, in the 2005 general election it was an unexpected gain for the Liberal Democrats, with Lorely Burt beating the incumbent John Taylor by a small majority of just 279 votes. Burt won the seat again at the 2010 general election, this time by just 175 votes following two recounts. Although the incumbent when the 2010 election was called, Mrs Burt's victory was classed as a 'gain' because boundary changes had given the Conservative candidate, Maggie Throup, a slender notional majority.
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.
Members of Parliament
|1945||Sir Martin Lindsay||Conservative|
|1983||John Mark Taylor||Conservative|
|2005||Lorely Burt||Liberal Democrat|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrat||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 Democrat||Swing||+6.6|
|Liberal Democrat||Lorely Burt||23,635||42.9||+3.5|
|Solihull and Meriden Residents' Association||Neill Watts||319||0.6||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat 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 Democrat||Lorely Burt||20,896||39.9||+13.9|
|Conservative||John Mark Taylor||20,617||39.4||-6.0|
|Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative||Swing||+10.0|
|Conservative||John Mark Taylor||21,935||45.4||+0.8|
|Liberal Democrat||Jo Byron||12,528||26.0||+0.7|
|ProLife Alliance||Mary Pyne||374||0.8||-0.3|
Elections in the 1990s
|Conservative||John Mark Taylor||26,299||44.7||-16.1|
|Liberal Democrat||Michael J. Southcombe||14,902||25.3||4.3|
|Labour||Mrs. Rachel N. Harris||14,334||24.3||7.6|
|ProLife Alliance||Jim Caffery||623||1.1||N/a|
|Conservative||John Mark Taylor||38,385||60.8||−0.2|
|Liberal Democrat||Michael J. Southcombe||13,239||21.0||−3.0|
|Labour||Mrs Nicola Kutapan||10,544||16.7||+1.7|
|Green||Clifford G. Hards||925||1.5||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|Conservative||John Mark Taylor||35,844||61.07|
|Liberal||Geoff E. Gadie||14,058||23.95|
|Labour||Sue E. Knowles||8,791||14.98|
|Conservative||John Mark Taylor||31,947||60.76|
Elections in the 1970s
|National Front||D. Stevenson||978||1.50|
Elections in the 1960s
Elections in the 1950s
|Conservative||Sir Martin Lindsay||35,862||73.88|
|Conservative||Sir Martin Lindsay||29,323||72.18|
|Conservative||Sir Martin Lindsay||27,871||70.35|
|Conservative||Sir Martin Lindsay||25,758||63.28|
|Liberal||Mrs Ada M Hayes||3,206||7.88|
Election in the 1940s
|Conservative||Sir Martin Lindsay||26,696||55.22|
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Solihull Results". bbc.co.uk.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- BBC Election 2010, Solihull
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
- "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.