Lorely Burt was born and raised in the West Midlands.
She studied Economics at Swansea University and later an MBA at the Open University.
Before standing for Parliament, Lorely worked as an Assistant Governor at Holloway Prison, worked in personnel for national companies and set up an award-winning training company.
She later co-founded WeConnect, a networking agency for women in business.
In 2005 Lorely overturned a Conservative majority of 9,407 to become the first ever Liberal Democrat MP for Solihull.
Record Of Delivery
Lorely has a strong record delivering for local people. As an MP, Lorely has:
- Successfully campaigned to save Solihull’s NHS Walk-In Centre from closure and ensured local people are consulted on future plans.
- Successfully campaigned to for Double-Crewed Ambulances to be based in Solihull.
- Successfully campaigned in partnership with Solihull College to encourage local businesses to take on apprentices.
After entering Parliament, Lorely became the Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Northern Ireland, an Opposition Whip and later the Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.
In 2007, she was elected as the first female Chair of the Liberal Democrats’ Parliamentary Party.
After the 2010 General Election she became the Business, Innovation and Skills Co-Chair before being appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander in late 2012.
As PPS to Danny Alexander Lorely has supported work to deliver a £700 tax cut for workers.
She was appointed as Assistant Government Whip in November 2014.
In January 2015 Lorely was appointed to the Liberal Democrat General Election Cabinet as the party's Northern Ireland spokesperson.
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