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Lorely Burt MP Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party Incumbent Assumed office 24 October 2007 Leader Nick Clegg Member of Parliament for Solihull Incumbent Assumed office 5 May 2005 Preceded by John Taylor Majority 175 (0.3%) Personal details Born September 10, 1954 (1954-09-10) (age 56) Sedgley, Staffordshire, England Nationality British Political party Liberal Democrats Spouse(s) Richard Burt Children Stepson James; Daughter Emma Alma mater University College, Swansea Website www.lorelyburt.org.uk Lorely Jane Burt (born 10 September 1954) is a British politician and the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Solihull.[1] Contents 1 Early life 2 Employment before Parliament 3 Political career 3.1 Councillor 3.2 Member of Parliament 4 Personal life 5 See also 6 References 7 External links Early life She went to University College, Swansea, achieving a BSc in Economics. She went onto achieve an MBA from the Open University. Employment before Parliament After graduating in economics, Burt began her career in the Prison Service as an assistant governor, before working for several national companies in the field of personnel and training. She later set up a training company, worked as a director in the marketing and financial services sector, and moved into part-time consultancy work when she replaced John Windmill, former Liberal leader on Solihull Council, as the prospective Liberal Democrat candidate for Solihull. Political career Councillor Her political career began on Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, where she served for five years from 1998. During the Liberal Democrats leadership election, 1999 her view was "Simon Hughes has more passion and charisma in his little finger than Charles Kennedy has in his whole body."[2] She stood for election in Dudley South at the 2001 general election polling 5,421 votes for third place.[3] In 2003 she opposed a Liberal Democrats motion to abolish the Monarchy.[4] She also stood for the West Midlands region at the 2004 European Parliament election. Member of Parliament In the run up to the 2005 general election, Burt campaigned on various local issues affecting Solihull, and succeeded in overturning incumbent John Taylor's large majority . This was a striking achievement as the Conservatives lost only two other seats to the Liberal Democrats, and they had both been marginal seats for the previous decade. Solihull had been a traditionally Conservative constituency (at one point, Taylor's predecessor, Percy Grieve MP, had the largest Tory majority in Britain), and Burt was aided in her victory over Taylor by squeezing the vote of the Labour Party. Her majority over Taylor was just 279 votes, and along with boundary changes coming into place at that point, this made Solihull an extremely marginal constituency for the 2010 general election. Following her election, Lorely Burt became a Liberal Democrat spokeswoman on Northern Ireland and she also served on the Treasury Select Committee. After the election of Sir Menzies Campbell to the leadership of the party, Burt became the Liberal Democrat spokesperson on Small Business and Women and Equality. In 2007 she was moved from these jobs to become the spokeswoman for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. In October 2007, she was elected as the party's first female Chair of the Liberal Democrats' Parliamentary Party, defeating John Thurso and Andrew George in a poll of MPs.[5] In the 2010 general election, boundary changes had made her seat notionally Conservative. Against the national trend, however, she held Solihull by 175 votes over her Conservative opponent Maggie Throup. On 9 December 2010, Burt was one of 8 Liberal Democrat MPs abstain from the vote on Government proposals to increase university tuition fees.[6] The vote was particularly controversial for Liberal Democrats as many Lib Dem MPs had previously signed an NUS pledge promising to vote against tuition fee increases.[7] Personal life She is married to Richard Burt. She has a stepson James and daughter Emma. She also has a grandson Oliver. See also Liberal Democrat Frontbench Team References ^ "NEC casino rejection challenged". BBC News. July 9, 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/click/rss/1.0/-/1/hi/england/west_midlands/5162460.stm.  ^ Poll gives Hughes strong support, The Independent, Jul 26, 1999 ^ Election 2001 How the nation voted Evening Standard; Jun 8, 2001 ^ Liberal Demoncrat Conference The Guardian; Sep 22, 2003 ^ Lib Dem MPs pick woman chairman ^ "Tuition fees: How Liberal Democrat MPs voted", BBC News, accessed 14/12/2010 ^ "Lib-Dem and Labour MPs would vote together to oppose tuition fee rise", NUS Online, accessed 14/12/2010 External links Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Lorely Burt Lorely Burt MP official constituency site Lorely Burt official Liberal Democrats profile Solihull Liberal Democrats Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005 Current session contributions in Parliament at Hansard Electoral history and profile at The Guardian Voting record at PublicWhip.org Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou.com Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record Profile at BBC News Democracy Live Audio clips WPRadio Discussing flexible working practices in 2007 on Women's Parliamentary Radio Video clips WPRadio face to face video Discussing changes she would like to make on behalf of women Parliament of the United Kingdom Preceded by John M. Taylor Member of Parliament for Solihull 2005–present Incumbent Persondata Name Burt, Lorely Alternative names Short description Date of birth 1954-09-10 Place of birth Sedgley, West Midlands Date of death Place of death