CANDIDATES have been announced for next month’s local elections.
With a General Election due on the same day, it’s easy to forget that 17 council seats will also be up for grabs.
A statement of persons nominated was published by Solihull’s returning officer Mark Rogers on Monday. The Tories will be hoping to reclaim an overall majority - the party is down one councillor, after removing the party whip from Coun Ian Hillas.
Three cabinet members are among the ten Conservatives who will be defending seats this time.
Lib Dems have five councillors up for re-election, including group leader Coun Ian Hedley (Shirley East).
Lorely Burt said this week that the party wanted a cross-section of candidates - Liz Adams, who is standing in Chelmsley Wood, hopes to become their fourth member under the age of 30.
Labour will be looking to rebuild their presence on the council, particularly in the north, where their support has fractured in recent years.
Among their candidates this time is Hugh Hendry, the former leader of the Labour group - who lost his Smith’s Wood seat two years ago. This time he will be standing in Elmdon.
The party who ousted him - the Greens - will be fielding a full slate of candidates.
They will be hoping to build on their success in 2008, when Mike Sheridan became their first councillor in the West Midlands.
It’s four-years since the BNP made their breakthrough in Solihull and the far-right party have candidates in 16 of the 17 wards.
But Coun George Morgan (Chelmsley Wood) has said he won’t be defending his seat.
The newly-formed Solihull and Meriden Residents’ Association will also be well-represented, they will be contesting all available seats.
Council elections will take place on May 6 and it’s understood that votes will be counted the following day, once the parliamentary results have been declared.