Solihull used to be the sort of Conservative constituency that would lend support to neighbouring constituencies at election time. When we lost the Parliamentary seat to the Lib Dems in May 2005, severe questions needed to be asked. So I decided to help out in Solihull in order to repel the yellow peril. It didn't quite work out like that.
Our small, but committed leafletting team covered a large area in the Shirley wards in the final days before the election, but to no avail - we lost every marginal ward. Full results here. The only silver lining is that the six seats that we won have massive Tory majorities, but even that factoid is a bit irritating in a way.
Would it be unfair for me to mention that with just a few days until polling day the only candidate for council that I came across was Shay Parekh (pictured) in Elmdon? Maggie Throup PPC and Caroline Spelman MP know what needs to be done and I hope they will be supported to make sure we get back on track in Solihull. I know I'm probably preaching to the converted, but activism should be at the heart of what it means to be a Conservative Party member.