8, 2015 Live
Burnham Election Coverage: James Heappey on course for win
VOTERS across the Burnham-On-Sea area flocked to polling stations
to vote in the General Election yesterday. Here's the latest from
11.20am Burnham has a new Conservative MP - James Heappey.
The results have been announced for the Wells constituency as
GENERAL ELECTION RESULT:
Munt (Liberal Democrat)
Dobbs (Birthday Party)
10.30am The counting goes on! Meanwhile, Jon Cousins, the
Green Party candidate, looks back at a busy election campaign
for the party:
9.55am Still counting the votes here in Shepton Mallet. The
Conservatives' James Heappey is expected to be named the winner
of the seat, with a clear majority over Liberal Democrat Tessa
7.23am The UKIP candidate Helen Hims, pictured watching the
election count a few moments ago, tells Burnham-On-Sea.com she
is pleased with how the election has gone. "I've had good
support in Burnham and Highbridge and am hopeful that we have
secured a third place after the Conservatives and the Lib Dems."
6.41am The turnout across the Wells constituency, including
Burnham and Highbridge was 57,093 - or 71.9% - which is the highest
for three elections.
The final result is now expected at around 8.30am, with the formal
count now underway.
6.25am James Heappey is in a bouyant mood as he tells Burnham-On-Sea.com
in the video below that's he's optimistic that he has won the
election. He thanks voters in the Burnham and Highbridge area
for their support.
6am The count continues to be underway at the Bath & West
Showground in Shepton Mallet. A cheerful looking James Heappey
has just entered the room to watch the count while a glum-faced
Tessa Munt watches on.
5.30am All indications are that Tessa Munt has not secured
the Wells seat - she is giving interviews to media talking about
her expectations of a loss following overnight Lib Dem losses
3.50am The count is underway at the Bath & West Showground
in Shepton Mallet, as pictured below. The large turnout means
the count is taking more time than expected.
10.45pm The count of votes is getting underway as votes come
in from across the Wells constituency. There has been a high turnout
in Burnham and Highbridge, according to those at polling stations.
10pm Polls close across the Burnham and Highbridge area.
The General Election votes are being taken to Shepton Mallet for
the count. the result is expected at around 6am on Friday - check
for updates here on Burnham-On-Sea.com.
7.15pm Polling stations have been busy all day in Burnham
and Highbridge with queues forming outside as residents flocked
to cast their votes. Waits of up to one hour were reported at
several polling stations. Burnham tennis club club is pictured
7pm With up ten candidates needing to be picked on three
ballot papers, voters are taking longer than normal to complete
their choices. Burnham's Jaycroft Road is pictured below.
results for the parliamentary elections are expected to be announced
on Friday morning (8th May) at around 6am, but the timing may
change. The District Council results will be announced on Friday
afternoon, while the Town council results will be announced on
Saturday (9th May) afternoon.
area heading to the polls across the area, above in East Huntspill
Munt, the Liberal Democrats candidate, has cast her vote in the
the General Election result from 2010 when the Conservatives were
beaten by Tessa Munt by just 800 votes.
GENERAL ELECTION RESULT IN WELLS:
Munt (Liberal Democrats) 24,560
Heathcoat-Amory (Conservative) 23,760
Merryfield (Labour) 4,198
Briton (Green Party) 631
Boyce (British National Party) 1,004
Baynes (UK Independence Party) 1,711
7am Polling stations opened across the Burnham-On-Sea area
choosing between the eight candidates that have put themselves
forward to become MP of the Wells constituency in the General
Election. Voters are also electing district and town councillors.
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