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Tories are bookies’ favourite to clinch town seat

BOOKIES are backing the Tories to retake Solihull at next month’s election.

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.”

 

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