Last chance: Register for General Election Weston hustings to guarantee a place

PUBLISHED: 12:30 26 May 2017

Here is who is standing in the General Election in Weston-super-Mare.

Here is who is standing in the General Election in Weston-super-Mare.


Weston's next MP will be decided in just two weeks, and the Mercury and Weston College are giving you an opportunity to hear how the candidates would represent the town in Parliament in the years ahead at a hustings tonight (Friday).

John Penrose (Conservative), Suneil Basu (Green Party), Tim Taylor (Labour Party) and Mike Bell (Liberal Democrats) will debate the issues rated most important by Weston-super-Mare’s voters. UKIP’s Helen Hims was invited, but chose not to attend.

The event will give you the chance to hear their views on healthcare, Brexit, education, housing and crime. There will also be a chance for questions on other topics, to provide you with as much information as possible before you go to vote.

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Mercury editor Simon Angear said: “This hustings will be a first for us – and for our friends at Weston College, who have worked with us at short notice to put the event together – and we’re really looking forward to a strong turnout, with well over 100 people having registered for a place already.

“This will be one of the most important General Elections in many years, with Brexit negotiations and struggling public services especially high on voters’ lists of priorities when deciding which box to tick on June 8.

“Tomorrow’s hustings will be a unique opportunity for people to come and hear our local candidates tell you how they – and their parties – plan to face these key issues, while also offering an insight into the personalities and character of those who wish to be Weston’s MP for the next five years.”

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We will aim to get through as many questions as possible on the night, and you can submit yours by emailing

The event will begin at 7pm at the college’s Bistro at its Knightstone Campus in Knightstone Road. Doors open at 6.30pm, and you can register for a place by emailing or calling 01934 422500.

You can also confirm your spot by registering on EventBrite.

People can also turn up on the night, but registering in advance will guarantee access should capacity be reached.

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