A SHADOW minster, with personal experience of Solihull Hospital, is backing the campaign to keep full maternity services there.
Conservative MP, Francis Maude, recently revealed two of his five children were delivered in the borough.
“I know that hospital very well. I used to live in Packwood, so two of my children were born there, and we had a very good experience,” he told the Solihull News.
“The services were excellent, and although we had a difficult time with one of the births, the midwives were wonderful, and we had a great deal of support.
“I can understand people’s concerns, and the Conservatives would support all the NHS front-line services.”
Mr Maude, Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, was visiting Shirley – launching his party’s new poster campaign.
The billboard on the Stratford Road features a headshot of Tory leader David Cameron and the slogan “We can’t go on like this. I’ll cut the deficit, not the NHS.”
Candidates from across the West Midlands turned out to meet the shadow minister – including Solihull’s prospective MP, Maggie Throup.
She said that the borough was an appropriate constituency to launch the new campaign, and that the battle over maternity services would continue over the coming months.
Mr Maude is likely to be the first of many high-profile MPs to visit, in the run-up to the General Election.
“Solihull is a crucial seat, and we will have to win constituencies like this to be able to form a Government,” added Mr Maude.