50 marginal constituencies
1 general election
Wells

For the final results in each of 50for15's constituencies, see this post.

What? A Liberal Democrat-Conservative marginal.

Where? North Somerset, includes the town of Glastonbury.

Why? Former Conservative MP David Heathcot-Amory lost the constituency in 2010 after being embroiled in the expenses scandal. Current MP Lib Dem Tessa Munt has a majority of 800 votes and faces a tough fight from the Conservatives, who want to take back the seat they had held uninterrupted from 1924 until 2010.

Previous election results

Data via the Guardian.

Liberal Democrat majority in 2010: 800

The MP in the last Parliament – Tessa Munt

Tessa Munt, Lib Dem MP for Wells

Tessa Munt, Lib Dem MP for Wells

Having worked for thirty years in a variety of jobs, Tessa Munt (Lib Dem) first stood for Parliament in South Suffolk in 2001, and in the Ipswich by-election later that year. She stood for Wells in 2005, and won the seat in 2010. Full biography on Munt’s website.

@tessamunt

The challengers

James is campaigning to improve broadband access in the constituency.

James Heappey, Conservative PPC for Wells

A former army Major, James Heappey (Con) takes over from scandal-beset David Heathcote-Amory. Now a self-employed project manager, he campaigns on a variety of local issues, such as broadband access. Full biography on Heappey’s website.

@JSHeappey

Chris Incley, Labour's candidate for Wells

Chris Incley, Labour’s candidate for Wells

District and town councillor Chris Inchley is standing as the Labour candidate for Wells. He used to be a governor at his former comprehensive school, but resigned in opposition to his transformation into an academy. Full biography on Inchley’s website.

@chrisinchley

Former Metropolitan policeman Jeffrey Bolter is standing as the UKIP candidate for Wells after Jakes Baynes, who contested the seat in 2010, resigned, claiming the local party was being infiltrated by occultistsMore details in the Wells Journal.

Jon Cousins, Green candidate for Wells

Jon Cousins, Green candidate for Wells

Jon Cousins (Green) is a Glastonbury town councillor, who has lived in Glastonbury since 2003. He has founded various local societies and organised town events. More details on his Facebook page.

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