Thursday, 19 June 2014

Tory poll says party will win Solihull

THE Conservatives will seize back Solihull from the Liberal Democrats in Solihull at next year’s General Election, according to Tory research.

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A survey of 1,000 voters commissioned by Tory peer LordAshcroft gave the Conservatives a nine per cent lead over the Liberal Democrats.

This would give the party a 4.5 per cent swing from the Liberal Democrats, which won the seat with Lorely Burt in 2010 with a margin of 175.

Her margin was 279 in 2005 when she took the seat from Tory incumbent John Taylor, who had held the seat since 1983.

The survey put the Conservatives on 37 per cent, six per cent down from 2010; the Lib Dems on 28 per cent, 15 per cent down; Labour on 12 per cent, three per cent down and the UK Independence Party on 16 per cent, 14 per cent up.

Solihull Conservative candidate Julian Knight tweeted: “Fascinating poll of 1000 People in Solihull gives Con 9% lead over lib dems good but still LOTS of work to do!”

Lord Ashcroft said: “These findings are clearly not good news for the Lib Dems, and as such will no doubt be reported as ‘adding to the pressure on Clegg’.

“And no doubt it will cause some discomfort, which may or may not be eased when I publish my research on the Lib Dem-Labour battleground, currently in the field.”



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