GENERAL ELECTION 2024 - Solihull bucks national trend as Conservatives re-elected - The Solihull Observer

GENERAL ELECTION 2024 - Solihull bucks national trend as Conservatives re-elected

Solihull Editorial 5th Jul, 2024 Updated: 5th Jul, 2024   0

SOLIHULL once again bucks the national trend, putting their faith behind the Conservatives.

The new constituencies, Meriden and Solihull East and Solihull West and Shirley came into play this year.

Voters re-elected Saqib Bhatti as MP for Meriden and Solihull East.

Mr Bhatti has an almost 4,000 majority, a surprise for many.

The results are as follows: Saqib Bhatti (Conservative) 16,792, Sarah Alan (Labour) 12,208, Malcolm Ian Sedgley (Reform UK) 8,753, Shesh Sheshabhatter (Greens) 2,929, and Sunny Virk (Lib Dems) 3,353.

It was also a win for the tories in Solihull West and Shirley, as they triumphed over Labour.

The constituency used to be held by the Conservatives, before previous MP Julian Knight had the whip removed after a police investigation.

Once again it is back under Tory control, with Dr Neil Shastri-Hurst as the new MP.

The results are as follows: Neil Shastri-Hurst (Conservative) 16,284, Deirdre Fox (Labour) 11,664, Ade Adeyemo (Lib Dems) 7,916, Max McLoughlin (Green) 3,270, Mary Ann McKenna (Reform UK) 7,149 and Julian Knight (Independent) 594.





The full voter turnout,  (including in- person and postal votes) are  47,033 (65.49 per cent) for Solihull West and Shirley and 44,198 (60 per cent) for Meriden and Solihull East.



Verification is complete, the count is officially starting and we have our total voter turnout figures, which are 65.49 per cent for Solihull West and Shirley and 60 per cent for Meriden and Solihull East.



Turnout for those voting in person at a polling station is 33,819 for Solihull West and Shirley and 31,924 for  Meriden and Solihull East.



Boundary changes mean we have two new constituencies whose votes are being counted at North Solihull Sports Centre tonight: Solihull to Solihull West and Shirley and Meriden to Meriden and Solihull East.



In the 2019 General Election, voter turnout for the Solihull constituency was 70.3 per cent. In the Meriden constituency it was 63.4 per cent.



We are live at the Solihull election count to bring you the result as and when they come in.

The first big talking point of the night is the exit poll.

The current poll methodology has been used in the last five general elections and has been as accurate to predict final results to within 10 seats.

The worst of the five was still accurate enough to 30 seats.

It is based on 130 seats across the country and a poll of 200,000 people.

So what does the 2024 exit poll predict?

According to this exit poll, Labour would end up with a majority of 170 seats.

It suggests Labour would win 410 seats, the Conservatives would be second on 131, the Liberal Democrats on 61 and Reform UK would finish with 13.

Scottish National Party are predicted to win 10 seats, Plaid Cymru on four, the Greens on two and the remaining 19 seats spread across other parties.

The ballot boxes are making their way to the counts and we will be bringing you more when we get it.

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