Veteran British Columbia MP Val Meredith has lost the right to run as a Conservative in her home riding after a tough nomination battle.

The member of Parliament for Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale has sat in the House of Commons for more than 10 years, first as a Reform Party MP and later as a member of the Canadian Alliance.

But the nomination for the new Conservative party, which combines the former Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative parties, was wrested from her on Saturday.

Lawyer Russ Hiebert defeated Meredith by 80 ballots in a vote of about 850 riding members.

Meredith said she thinks she lost because she didn't take strong enough stands on family values.

"Although I am a Christian and I do share a lot of the values that Mr. Hiebert has, I assume that the problem was that I didn't take strong enough positions on some of those issues," she said.

Meredith said she would return to selling real estate when her term as an MP ends.

She will also continue working with the campaign of Conservative party leadership hopeful Belinda Stronach.