Lorely Burt MP has pledged to fight for Solihull to remain ‘Urbs in Rure’ after being re-selected as the borough’s Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for the 2015 General Election.
Mrs Burt was delighted by the news and said she was “absolutely up for making it a hat trick” and securing a third term as the borough’s MP.
If re-elected, Mrs Burt said she would focus on a whole host of issues such as planning and education, as well as continuing her campaigns against the closure of the Solihull walk-in centre and to improve urgent care including A & E waiting times. She is also concerned about the closure of Solihull Ambulance Station.
“It’s about quality of life for everybody in Solihull. It’s trying to balance the need for housing with the need for Solihull to remain Urbs in Rure, not just Urbs,” she said this week.
After the success of her 100 apprenticeships in 100 days campaign, she would work to ensure there are lots of local opportunities.
“It’s making sure they get the best start, professional training and making sure companies get the right apprentices in the right place,” she explained.
“The work I’m doing with local employers is linking up what’s happening in Government with what’s happening locally.”
With a tough fight ahead of her, Mrs Burt said she was hopeful that voters would remember the work she had done for the borough since she sensationally snatched the seat from the Conservatives’ grasp in 2005.
Five years later she held off the Tory candidate Maggie Throup and was returned to Parliament with a wafer-thin majority of less than 200 votes.
“People in Solihull want a local MP who will listen to them and be there to help them when they need it. They know that I will always listen to them and be there for them. They know that I am the local choice.
“Solihull is the top Conservative target in the country. Clearly the Conservatives will be throwing vast resources at the seat.
“But if people like the work I do, they will vote for me... against the odds.”
A vote for Mrs Burt is also a vote for the Lib Dems, whose position in the opinion polls continues to trouble supporters, but the MP said the party had enjoyed great success, not only helping reduce the deficit, but flying the flag for fairness.