General Election: Tessa Munt says she ‘needs to be ready’ following hung Parliament

PUBLISHED: 07:59 09 June 2017 | UPDATED: 07:59 09 June 2017

Liberal Democrat candidate Tess Munt. Picture: Eleanor Young

Liberal Democrat candidate Tess Munt. Picture: Eleanor Young


Defeated Wells candidate Tessa Munt has said she ‘will be ready’ if another election is called in the near future following today’s (Friday’s) news that no party has an overall majority and the UK has a hung Parliament.

In the early hours of this morning James Heappey regained the Wells seat with a majority of more than 7,500 votes.
With the Somerset seat decided, the future of the British Government still hangs in the balance as the Conservative Party failed to establish a mandate, despite being the biggest party.

This has prompted Ms Munt to tell the Mercury she will be ready if another election was to be held.

She said: “ First of all, I am actually really rather pleased with our result. In an ordinary world, we would have done fantastically well.

“We were very close. My Conservative opponent had the backing of UKIP all the way through, so he has counted on an extra 5,000 or so votes there I guess.

“But we have done really well. We have upped the number of votes, it is brilliant.

“I am very happy. I have a lot of things on in the next month and I am of course the Somerset County councillor for Wells .

“But I think we need to be ready as I suspect there will be another election soon.

“It is a bit of a mess. I wouldn’t be surprised if we are here again next May if not before.

“I know people are fed up of elections but this is democracy and it is great.

“But we cannot have this coalition and chaos stuff which Theresa May has created for herself.”

In Weston-super-Mare, John Penrose retained his seat and North Somerset’s Dr Liam Fox was also re-elected.

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