General Election 2017: Hustings planned in Burnham-on-Sea as candidates compete for hotly-contested Wells seat

PUBLISHED: 17:00 22 May 2017 | UPDATED: 08:42 23 May 2017

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The four candidates who are contesting the Wells constituency seat will debate a number of issues at a hustings event in Burnham next Wednesday. But, who are they? Here are the details of who is running in Wells.

James Heappey.James Heappey.

Conservative Party.

James Heappey.

Mr Heappey won the seat in 2015 with a 7,585 majority, marking an 3.6 per cent swing from the Liberal Democrats to the Conservatives. He described being chosen as the Wells MP as ‘the biggest honour of my life’.

Liberal Democrats.

Tessa Munt.Tessa Munt.

Tessa Munt.

Tessa Munt won the seat in Wells by just 800 votes in 2010. She lost out to Mr Heappey in 2015, but immediately announced her intentions to stand in the next election.

She also won the Wells seat in the Somerset County Council election on May 4.

Labour Party.

Andy Merryfield.Andy Merryfield.

Andy Merryfield.

Mr Merryfield chairs the Wells constituency Labour Party and is a Co-operative Party member.

He has been active in the trade union movement and has taught in local schools.

Christian Peoples Alliance.

Lorna Corke.Lorna Corke.

Lorna Corke

She has lived and worked in Somerset since 1988 when her late husband’s firm relocated to Bristol.

She has mainly brought up their four children in the area who attended local schools.

UKIP decided not put a candidate forward for Wells as it felt it would impact the race between the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats.

UKIP has always supported Britain leaving the EU and the party believes running a candidate there would draw votes away from the Conservatives towards the Lib Dems. The Lib Dems are largely supportive of reversing Brexit.

The Wells constituency includes Burnham, Highbridge, Cheddar and Axbridge in the Mercury patch and this is the first hustings event for the area.

Anyone who wishes to ask a question can submit them before the event, which begins at 7.30pm at the Baptist Church, in High Street, on May 31.

These can be emailed to or can be submitted before 7pm at the church.

The hustings will be chaired by Burnham resident Alex Turco.

You can find out who is running in Weston-super-Mare here.

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