There were jubilant scenes this morning as Liberal Democrat supporters celebrated a shock win in a seat which has been held by the Conservatives since it was created in 1945.
The hitherto true blue constituency of Solihull was wrenched from John Taylor, who had served as the MP for 22 years, by local businesswoman Lorely Burt following a reported 10% swing to the Liberal Democrats.
The 50-year-old mother-of-two, who was accompanied by her 16-year-old daughter, won the seat by the narrowest of margins, securing a slim majority of 279.
Speaking from the podium at the North Solihull Sports Centre, following two recounts, and a vigorous campaign, Mrs Burt paid tribute to Mr Taylor and her supporters.
Mrs Burt said: "I would like to pay tribute to Mr Taylor for his 22 years of service he has given to the people of Solihull.
"I would very much like to thank my team, I can't believe how you've all worked out of your skins in order to produce the result tonight. You have been quite amazing.
"I would like to thank the people of Solihull, who placed their trust in me.
"I know that it's a very slim majority, and I will spend the next four years... in serving those people, putting them first in everything that I do."
Solihull is a suburb to the south of Birmingham, and is a largely white, middle-class residential area which was number 55 on the Liberal Democrat's target list.
Mr Taylor, a former junior minister at the Department of Trade and Industry, was widely expected to retain the seat, which he held in 2001 with a majority of 9,500 and in 1997 with a majority of 11,397.
He congratulated Mrs Burt in a brief speech following the result.
He said: "I congratulate the winner and trust she will represent the people of Solihull as I have tried to do. I will of course co-operate with her fully in the transfer of constituency casework and the smooth transition of her responsibilities.
"It has been a great honour to represent the people of Solihull for 22 years. I had not intended to retire but I guess I just have."
Mrs Burt secured 20,896 votes to win the election. Mr Taylor came second with 20,617 while the Labour candidate, Rory Vaughan trailed in third with 8,058.
Turnout was 68.1% which was up on the 2001 election in which 62.4% of the electorate registered a vote.