who to vote for? Candidates' pledges compared
undecided on who to vote for in tomorrow's General Election? The
six election candidates for the Wells constituency, which covers
Burnham-On-Sea, have been asked by the BBC to make three pledges
on what their priorities would be if they were elected. These
are their replies...
Baynes, UK Independence Party
first pledge is to campaign and support against overhead and oversized
pylons with an underground alternative in areas of concern for
social and environmental impact. This focus in strategy will be
applied for all forms of energy construction where applicable.
I will be campaigning for the protection and support of pubs and
small businesses through cutting red tape and campaigning against
new legislation for the ridiculous drink-drive limit which will
be the final death nail of many pubs.
third pledge would be to support local residents in home ownership
in their local communities which will also protect the future
of such communities as young persons and their families are the
Boyce, British National Party
"My three promises to people in Wells are the withdrawal
of troops from Afghanistan and Iraq, the withdrawal from the European
Union, and immigration.
the money side of things, we could do a lot of things; with the
money we save on the European Union - that £45m a day could
go and do a lot of things for the NHS, education, jobs etc."
Briton, The Green Party
"I promise to campaign vigorously to re-open those post
offices which misguided government policy has shut down and eventually
increase their number.
Resume investment in council and other social housing and allow
local authorities to use receipts from sales to fund new, affordable
accommodation. We would end the right to buy and introduce the
right to rent. People facing severe difficulties with paying their
mortgage and facing repossession should have the right to rent
their existing home as council housing.
I will continue my opposition to the building of an incinerator
at Haybridge which will only increase pollution and HGV traffic
on small country roads."
"My first pledge is to stand up for Somerset. At present
we get less then our fair share of government funding for things
like education and in other areas.
to help small businesses on which we rely here for our local employment.
The Conservative pledge to drop Labour's national insurance contributions
is essential here - that means a change of government.
to protect our landscape and our precious environment. That means
for instance no to the giant planned pylons across the Somerset
Levels and the Mendips. That too needs a change of government
"I would challenge income inequality and that includes
the Robin Hood tax on business currency exchange which would provide
billions to spend here and in developing countries. Also to increase
the minimum wage and index-linked pensions while challenging massive
I'd promote the new planning legislation to allow parish councils
to identify housing needs and build houses like Michael Eavis
has done in Pilton. I'd encourage other landowners to do the same.
thirdly, I'd encourage jobs based on the new green economy to
combat climate change, linked to engineering businesses, further
education, colleges and training courses."
Munt, Liberal Democrats
"My three main pledges to the people in Wells are that
I want to stand for change. Not change for changes sake, but there's
a job to be done and I want to be one of the new group of MPs
restoring the integrity of parliament.
second thing I stand for is fairness, and that's having a fair
tax system, having a fair chance for people in education, having
a fair green future and essentially fair politics and that would
include a fair voting system.
the third thing I'm going to stand for is I want to be your full
time MP and part of that is making sure I come to you so that
you don't have to come and find me when you've got problems."