Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Defeated Tory: we can hold our heads high

A CONSERVATIVE who narrowly failed to oust Solihull’s Liberal Democrat MP has said supporters can ‘hold our heads highs’.

Maggie Throup spoke after she lost the poll to Lorely Burt by 175 votes.

She was selected shortly after the Tories lost the seat by 279 votes in a shock defeat in 2005.

Ms Throup ran a high-profile, five-year campaign including opposition to moves to downgrade maternity services at Solihull Hospital.

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She wrote on her website: I would like to personally thank the 23,460 residents who voted Conservative last Thursday.

“I would also like to say a huge thank you to my dedicated helpers who gave so much of their time and energy throughout the hard-fought campaign.

“Conservatives here in Solihull can be proud of themselves and can hold our heads high knowing we ran a clean and positive campaign about policies not personalities.

“Rest assured, the Conservatives in Solihull will continue to work on behalf of every
resident on the issues that really matter.”

The Tories were felt a fresh blow on Friday as the party lost its majority on Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council from elections also held on May 6.

Discussions are now taking place between Labour and the Lib Dems about a possible coalition.

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