BOOKIES are backing the Tories to retake Solihull at next month’s election.
Ladbrokes have predicted that Conservative hopeful Maggie Throup has a 57 per cent chance of winning.
Lib Dem Lorely Burt has a 40 per cent chance of holding the seat, while the remaining candidates have been given only a 1 per cent chance of victory.
The analysis has been commissioned by The Times and weighs up the runners-and-riders in each parliamentary seat.
Conservatives will also be buoyed by news that Solihull will be classed as notionally Tory - because of recent boundary changes, which experts claim would have tipped the balance in the 2005 election.
But the Lib Dems’ resilience was also discussed - during a Radio 4 profile of the seat.
Prof Justin Fisher, an election expert from Brunel University, said: “The Lib Dems are very, very good at targeting resources where they are needed most.”