Parliamentary candidate Julian Knight is launching a campaign against plans for a Greater Birmingham encompassing the borough.
Mr Knight, Conservative candidate for Solihull, said he was “deeply disturbed” by the early proposals and pledged to fight ‘tooth and nail’ to stop the constituency being subsumed into a giant greater Birmingham authority, if elected in 2015.
“Solihull is one of the best run councils in the country and has managed to oversee a freezing of the council tax for the past four years,” he said.
“In addition, our town has above average incomes and levels of employment and business success. We are a success story and you should never change a winning team.
“Therefore I oppose absolutely any move to merge Solihull with any proposed Greater Birmingham authority. We want to be in charge of our own affairs rather than be sucked into a Labour controlled Birmingham which frankly doesn’t work as well as Solihull.
“If the rest of the West Midlands wants this then fine for them, but I have a simple message for them and Whitehall – hands off our Solihull.”
To alert the people of Solihull to the dangers of being forced into a Greater Birmingham authority ,Julian is launching a campaign called Hands Off Our Solihull and will be collecting names on a petition. He will also be looking to secure a series of meetings with officials to make his opposition to any moves towards subsuming Solihull into Greater Birmingham crystal clear.