wins closely-fought election in Burnham-On-Sea
Democrat Tessa Munt has clinched victory in the General Election
race in the Wells constituency, which includes Burnham-On-Sea.
won with a slender majority of just 800 votes from second-placed
David Heathcoat-Amory, the long-standing Conservative who had
been MP in the constituency for 27 years.
result came after drama overnight when the Conservatives called
for a recount at 5am after just a few hundred votes separated
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I am absolutely delighted to have
won after seven years of trying. My work starts straight away
today with a visit to Highbridge's Morland Estate."
paid tribute to her rival, Mr Heathcoat-Amory, who said: "it
has been a great honour to represent Wells for 27 years."
added: "Expenses damaged all incumbants and perhaps me particularly.
I faced a negative campaign, that's the tough way politics is."
enjoyed every minute of representing this constituency for the
last 27 years and I leave, I hope, with a constituency in good
also blamed UKIP for losing him the election. "The UKIP vote
of 1,700 votes cost me the election but I am not a bad loser and
I didn't give up without a fight. I wish my competitor good luck."
was a turnout of 56,426, equating to a 67% turnout, across the
who was born in 1959 and is the eldest of four children, lives
with her two teenage children and husband in the village of Mark,
Heathcoat-Amory had been MP in Wells since 1983 and had been re-elected
five times but his popularity took a hit last year during the
Westminster expenses scandal when he gained notoriety for making
19 claims over a three-year period for hundreds of sacks of horse
manure, which he later paid back.
Baynes of the UK Independence Party, Richard Boyce of the British
National Party, Chris Briton of the Green Party, Labour's Andy
Merryfield were the other candidates.
GENERAL ELECTION RESULT IN WELLS:
Munt (Liberal Democrats)
Briton (Green Party)
Boyce (British National Party)
Baynes (UK Independence Party)
Heathcoat-Amory at this morning's election count
Democrat supporters cheering as the results were announced
former MP explaining why he believes UKIP cost him the election
hugs a supporter outside Friday's count
was a long, tense night at the count, where a re-count was required
with her official envelope containing her details on becoming
a new MP
photos from the overnight election count