SOLIHULL MP Lorely Burt has said the Tories will have “a fight on their hands” if they want to win the seat back at the next General Election.
The Lib Dems held on with a wafer-thin majority of 175 three years ago and it’s rumoured that the constituency will be No 1 target for Tories in 2015.
But Mrs Burt, who was elected eight years ago, said her party had been buoyed by their victory in last week’s Eastleigh by-election, triggered by the resignation of disgraced former cabinet minister Chris Huhne.
Virtually every one of the 56 Lib Dem MPs, including Mrs Burt, had been called on to canvas in Hampshire. The Lib Dems successfully defended the seat, with UKIP finishing as runners-up and the Tories forced into third place.
“We were very heartened by the result,” said Mrs Burt. “And it sends a messages. for any Conservatives who may be looking at Solihull with envious eyes that we will not only dig in here, but we’ll be up for a fight.”
Now that it has been confirmed boundary changes will not go through, the Tories are expected to select their General Election candidate for Solihull within months.