General Election 2017: Who is standing in the Wells constituency?

PUBLISHED: 09:39 26 April 2017 | UPDATED: 08:50 16 May 2017

The candidates standing in Wells.

The candidates standing in Wells.

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Wells is expected to be a hotly-contested seat in June's General Election. Here is who have announced they are standing so far.

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’.

Tessa Munt.Tessa Munt.

Liberal Democrats.

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 is also running for the Wells seat in the Somerset County Council election, to be held on May 4.

Andy Merryfield.Andy Merryfield.

Labour Party.

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.

The Mercury has contacted Ms Corke about her campaign, but is yet to receive a response.

UKIP.

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.

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