General Election podcast: Weston-super-Mare’s candidates share their views on the NHS

PUBLISHED: 08:00 07 June 2017 | UPDATED: 08:08 07 June 2017

General Election: Weston-super-Mare's candidates discuss healthcare.

General Election: Weston-super-Mare's candidates discuss healthcare.


The NHS has been a huge issue during General Election campaigning, with the future of Weston General Hospital at the forefront of people’s minds. With less than 24 hours to go until the polls open, we have put together a podcast showcasing Weston-super-Mare’s candidates’ views on healthcare...

The Mercury asked its readers what issues they care the most about, and what issues will influence how they vote in the General Election.

Healthcare was at the top of the list for many, with concerns about GP provisions in Weston, the future of Weston General Hospital and the need to provide healthcare for the town’s ageing population all highlighted as key issues.

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Four of Weston’s five parliamentary candidates attended a hustings event hosted by the Mercury and Weston College, in which we asked them how they would safeguard the future of the NHS, with a particular focus on how they would protect services at Weston General Hospital.

In this podcast you will hear from Green Party candidate Suneil Basu, Conservative candidate John Penrose, Labour candidate Tim Taylor, and Liberal Democrat candidate Mike Bell. UKIP candidate Helen Hims was invited to attend the event, but was unable to.

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If you are still not sure who to vote for, we have put together a quick test using 12 of the biggest talking points and information from each of the party’s manifesto. Simply pick the statements you agree with, and the test will determine which of the party’s issues most closely match your own. Take the Mercury’s General Election test here.

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