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 Solihull
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
John Taylor Conservative 21,935 45.4 +0.8
Jo Byron Liberal Democrat 12,528 26.0 +0.7
Brendan O'Brien Labour 12,373 25.6 +1.3
Andy Moore UK Independence 1,061 2.2  
Mary Pyne ProLife Alliance 374 0.8 -0.3
Majority 9,407 19.5
Turnout 48,271 62.6 -12.0
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.1% from Liberal Democrat to Conservative
Lab-Con (against 1997) 0.2% from Conservative to Labour

Description
This seat is overwhelmingly residential, white and middle-class - in the 1991 census 51% were classed as professional or managerial/technical. It had one of the highest levels of owner-occupation (85%) and only nearby Sutton Coldfield had a lower level of unskilled people in England and Wales. In the west it borders Birmingham near the International Airport.

Despite its residential character, the seat is home to a number of large companies. The most important of these is Land Rover - until recently a division of BMW but now owned by Ford. It was the only consistently profitable part of the old Rover Group and unlike the other parts is in no danger of closure. It employs about 10,000 people in the constituency at its Lode Lane plant.

Conservatives took control of the council in the local elections last year.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Solihull
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
John Taylor Conservative 26,299 44.6
Michael Southcombe Liberal Democrat 14,902 25.3
Rachel Harris Labour 14,334 24.3
Michael Nattrass Referendum 2,748 4.7
Jim Caffery ProLife Alliance 623 1.1
Majority 11,397 19.3
Turnout 58,906 74.6
 
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