Lorely Burt has held the seat since 2005. In April 2014 she was made a business champion for female entrepreneurs, a new position within the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills.
Her stated political interests are: Industry, manufacturing, equalities, planning, women in enterprise, osteoporosis, funerals and bereavement & personal debt.
Ashcroft Polling (July 2014): CON: 37%, LAB: 12%, LD:28%, UKIP: 1%, Green: 6%
Prospective Parliamentary Candidates
Julian Knight is an author and campaigning consumer journalist for BBC News, as well as being the editor of The Independent’s Money & Property section.
Nigel Knowles has extensive experience in local politics, serving in senior positions on several County and District councils. He was a Trade Union education officer for a decade. He is also an author with numerous books to his credit.
Phil Henrick is the Chairman of the UKIP’s Solihull and Meriden branch. Henrick ran for European Parliament in May 2014, but came just shy of a seat. A graduate of Sheffield University, Henrick is a businessman in the motor industry.
Howard Allen was formerly a Liberal Democrat Councillor, before defecting to the Green Party in 2011. He notes his political focus to be on education, the environment & the living wage.