Friday, 7 May 2010

Lib Dems narrowly keep Solihull

THE Liberal Democrats have narrowly retained Solihull as the Conservatives hold safe Meriden in the General Election.

Lib Dem Lorely Burt beat Tory Maggie Throup by just 175 votes with 23,635. She won the 2005 poll by 279 votes.

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The seat was regarded as notionally Conservative after taking into account boundary changes.

But Mrs Burt increased her share of the vote by 3.5 per cent and Mrs Throup boosted the Tories by 2.9 per cent. Read The Solihull News report here.

Caroline Spelman kept Meriden with a 16,253 majority, increasing her share of the vote by four per cent on 2005.

Solihull:

Lorely Burt Liberal Democrat 23,635 42.9 +3.5
Maggie Throup Conservative 23,460 42.6 +2.9
Sarah-Jayne Merrill Labour 4,891 8.9 -6.7
Andrew Terry British National Party 1,624 2.9 -0.5
John Ison UK Independence Party 1,200 2.2 +0.3
Neill Watts Solihull and Meriden Residents Association 319 0.6 +0.6
Majority 175 0.3
Turnout 55,129 71.9 +4.5

Meriden:

Caroline Spelman Conservative 26,956 51.7 +4.0
Ed Williams Labour 10,703 20.5 -11.7
Simon Slater Liberal Democrat 9,278 17.8 +1.0
Frank O'Brien British National Party 2,511 4.8 +4.8
Barry Allcock UK Independence Party 1,378 2.6 -0.7
Elly Stanton Green 678 1.3 +1.3
Nikki Sinclaire Solihull and Meriden Residents Association 658 1.3 +1.3
Majority 16,253 31.2
Turnout 52,162 63.3 +3.2