The Baroness Burt of Solihull
|Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Women and Equalities|
October 2016 - 21 August 2019
|Liberal Democrat Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Spokesperson|
29 July 2015 - October 2016
|Don Foster, Baron Foster of Bath|
|Liberal Democrat Northern Ireland Spokesperson|
9 January 2015 - 16 July 2015
|Alistair Carmichael (2010)|
|Assistant Government Whip|
4 November 2014 - 8 May 2015
|Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury|
11 September 2012 - 4 November 2014
|Member of the House of Lords|
9 October 2015
|Member of Parliament |
5 May 2005 - 30 March 2015
|Born||10 September 1954|
Sedgley, Staffordshire, England
|Political party||Liberal Democrats|
|Alma mater||University College, Swansea|
Lorely Jane Burt, Baroness Burt of Solihull (born 10 September 1954) is a British politician, who was the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Solihull from 2005 to 2015. She was nominated for a life peerage in the 2015 Dissolution Honours.
Burt attended High Arcal Grammar School, Dudley (1966-71) and Dudley Technical College (A-levels 1971-73) before going to University College, Swansea, where she attained a BSc in Economics. She later received an MBA from the Open University.
After graduating in economics, Burt began her career in the Prison Service as an Assistant Governor at HM Prison Holloway before working for several national companies in personnel and training. She later set up a training company and worked as a director in the marketing and financial services sector. She started part-time consultancy work when she became the prospective Liberal Democrat candidate for Solihull.
Burt's political career began on Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, where she served from 1998 to 2003. She stood for election in Dudley South at the 2001 general election. She also stood for the West Midlands region at the 2004 European Parliament election.
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 9,407 majority to a 279 majority in her favour.
Following her election, Burt became a Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Northern Ireland, an Opposition Whip, and served on the Treasury Select Committee. Following the election of Sir Menzies Campbell to the leadership of the party in 2006, Burt became the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Small Business and Women and Equality. In 2007 she moved to become the Spokesperson for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.
In 2013 Burt was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury. Upon taking this new role she resigned from her positions as BIS Co-Chair and Chair of the Parliamentary Party.
In April 2014 she was appointed the government's Ambassador for Women in Enterprise.
In November 2014 Burt was appointed to be an Assistant Government Whip.
She lost her seat to the Conservative Julian Knight in the 2015 General Election. Burt and her supporters were criticised for pushing away reporters as she left her election count following her defeat. 
Burt has campaigned on a number of issues both locally and nationally. Locally, she has campaigned to prevent Shirley parkland from being developed, to save Solihull's NHS Walk-In Centre, to save Shirley Library from closure and for a better ambulance service.
Burt is married to Richard, who himself has been a Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate several times, and has a daughter and a stepson.