SHADOW Home Secretary Dominic Grieve visited Solihull last Friday hoping to bolster the Tories chances of taking back the borough in the next General Election.
The Beaconsfield MP, who also occupies the position of Shadow Attorney General is the son of the late Percy Grieve, who represented Solihull for 19 years in the House of Commons.
"I used to come up quite a bit as a boy, it's obviously changed quite a lot, it's become more heavily urbanised," said Mr Grieve.
"When my father was first MP there were around 40 farms in the constituency then, parts of it were very rural and the centre was recognised as a centre of an old market town. Mell Square had just been built when my father was elected, and that was the first real sign of what I call 'transforming urbanisation'."
Then, as now, Land Rover was a major employer, and with the car manufacturer seeing a hefty drop in sales last month, the fear of job cuts must be in worker's minds.
Mr Grieve compared the economic situation now with that of the early 1980s when the Tories "inherited a very difficult economic situation" and "turned it around".
With sitting Solihull MP Lorely Burt enjoying one of the smallest parliamentary majorities in the country, the borough is sure to see more high profile visits from politicians before the next general election.
The Shadow Home Secretary confirmed the Midlands would be a key area "The Midlands generally is one of the central battlegrounds for the coming general election, if you look at where the marginal seats are, which probably determines the outcome of the next general election, there is a heavy concentration in the West Midlands so yes it is a key battleground area, there's no doubt about that."