6, 2015 Head-to-head:
Burnham-On-Sea's General Election candidates
We profile the eight candidates running to become Burnham-On-Sea's
next MP at the General Election on Thursday May 7th:
Munt's grandfather inspired her to become an member of Parliament
when he told her that she could 'change the world'.
Before becoming Burnham's MP in 2010, she'd had 31 years of 'real
life experience', with a range of jobs and she also raised a family.
Since being elected MP, she says she's worked full time and seized
the opportunities of coalition and embraced the unique challenges
of representing people in the constituency.
"People should vote for me because I can offer everything
for them in terms of dedication and service - I absolutely adore
working for people in this area and there's so much that still
needs to be done," she told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
Heappey grew up in Nailsea and now lives with his wife and young
family in Axbridge.
Before entering politics, he had a career in the army seeing
active service in Iraq, Northern Ireland and Afghanistan.
He left as a Major in 2012 and worked briefly in Parliament before
returning to Somerset as a consultant, alongside campaigning for
the General Election.
Since being chosen, James has campaigned on issues including
improved road safety on the A38, inappropriate solar farms and
wind turbines, bathing water quality in Burnham, tidal energy
schemes in the Severn Estuary and putting pylons from Hinkley
Point under the sea.
is originally from Shepton Mallet and studied for a vocational
qualification at Norton Radstock Technical College. He works as
He is a town and district councillor and has 20 years experience
representing Shepton Mallet.
Chris believes that employment does not pay well enough for too
many people, and he says he'd strive to make housing more affordable,
tackle the low-skill low-wage economy and attract investment into
the Wells constituency with enhanced in-work training and educational
Chris also wants to work towards a higher minimum wage and more
widely available free childcare provision. He will vote to end
compulsory competition in the NHS.
is a Glastonbury councillor and chair of Avalon Community Energy.
He is also a practitioner with the Cabinet Offices Community
Organisers Programme, and is a co-operative development advisor
in the South West.
is passionate about the environment and also fair trade for British
farmers, and believes in a living-wage for all.
committed community campaigner, he has raised thousands of pounds
for local projects, and is standing for the common good, protecting
the NHS, libraries and public transport.
says: "The time for tactical votings over for
voting 'against' what we dont like. Nows the time
to vote with your heart for what you truly believe in."
has lived in the Wells constituency for 20 years with her husband
and four children and runs a family business in Shipham.
She believes that Government has become too remote and that local
issues can be overlooked or underfunded, including the improvement
of infrastructure and communications, supporting the growth of
local industry and tourism and local housing and services.
Helen believes that UKIP has increasingly led the way in British
politics, forcing the old parties to confront issues they would
much rather have avoided. As an MP she wants to hold the government
to account on local people's behalf.
singer Gyspsy Watkins says she wants to become 'the voice of local
Watkins, who is well known locally for her impressive singing
performances and distinctive hairstyle, is running as an independent
a singer by profession, a company director and a mum of three,
says she offers a completely different alternative to traditional
am a straight talking person who stands up for the rights of all
people," she told Burnham-On-Sea.com. "We
need someone who is passionate about the real needs of the people
of Somerset. There
needs to be a move away from the traditional ways by the established
Dobbs: Birthday Party
was the final person to sign up to take part in this year's General
Election in the Wells constituency.
A colourful writer, puppeteer and former mechanic, he unveiled
a self-published novel called Laughing Gas - written under his
real name David Field - several years ago.
stood for the Bristol Mayor role in 2012 and received less than
0.5 per cent of the vote where one of his key manifetso pledges
was to let people vote on every issue via social media. He published
a video here
earlier this year outlining some of his views.
is a private investigator who lives in East Brent and is standing
as an independent candidate. He says that he's grown frustrated
after MPs failed to provide a broad explanation of the Trading
Schemes Act 1996, and which trading schemes are covered by that
act. He says the legislation cost him a previous business
he was running.
live pictures See live images of the seafront and beach with
in Burnham! Support local traders by shopping in town -
see our A-Z index of businesses.Click
to see and do Check the constantly updated Burnham-On-Sea.com
calendar for what's happening. Click