General Election 2017: Everything you need to know about Weston-super-Mare’s candidates before you vote
PUBLISHED: 13:00 07 June 2017
Polls open in Weston-super-Mare for the General Election tomorrow, and we have brought together everything you need to know about the town’s candidates before you cast your vote.
Weston’s candidates have described this election as the most presidential election they can remember. A lot of the time it has been personality, not politics, which has dominated national headlines.
But we wanted to give you the chance to learn as much as possible about Weston’s next MP – whoever that might be – before you vote.
With that in mind, as well as asking about their backgrounds, we have concentrated on their policies, aspirations for the town and their opinions on the key issues – here is everything we’ve learned.
Who are they?
Conservative John Penrose is hoping to be returned as Weston’s MP, but faces opposition from Suneil Basu (Greens), Tim Taylor (Labour), Mike Bell (Liberal Democrats) and Helen Hims (UKIP).
Learn about why they wanted to stand in the General Election.
What are their backgrounds?
We asked every candidate to share the reasons they thought they were suited to being Weston’s next MP, and asked them to submit a 60-second video summing up their views.
You can still watch those introductory videos.
The NHS and healthcare
Without a doubt, the NHS has been one of the most talked-about issues this election – and Mercury readers agreed, voting it as the number one most influential subject in affecting how you will vote.
The candidates gave us an insight into their views on the future of the NHS.
You can also listen to our podcast, where the candidates shared their views in greater detail at the Mercury and Weston College’s hustings.
The referendum divided the country, and it has had a great effect on the election. This was Mercury readers’ second most important issue after healthcare.
On this issue, Weston’s candidates were surprisingly unanimous in agreeing that the referendum result should be followed through – but some called for a second referendum.
Find out what they said about Brexit.
You told us you were worried about your children and grandchildren’s futures – so we asked the candidates about it.
From funding to curriculums, they told us what they thought should happen to education policy.
Some of you told us you feared you would never own your own home – others said you were worried about a sprawl of houses in villages, and traffic problems.
There are no easy answers, but this is what the candidates said.
From fox hunting, to the investigatory powers bill, the candidates were quizzed on a whole range of topics at the hustings event. You can still find their responses on our live blog.
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