8, 2015 Conservative
James Heappey elected as Burnham-On-Sea's MP
James Heappey has been elected as Burnham-On-Sea's MP following
the General Election in which Liberal Democrat Tessa Munt lost
Heappey took the seat after winning 26,247 votes and a majority
of 7,585, with Liberal Democrat Tessa Munt coming in second with
Helen Hims came in third with 5,644 votes, Labour's Chris Inchley
with 3,780, and the Green party's Jon Cousins won 2,331.
Paul Arnold had 83 votes, followed by Dave Dobbs of the Birthday
Party with 81 and Independent Gypsy Watkins with 76.
Lib Dem Tessa Munt has vowed to be back in 2020 and 'to be causing
trouble somewhere' until then.
her exit speech she said that 'money talks' and she will be handing
over her 'bulging' case file to James Heappey.
Heappey thanked his wife and children for their support during
his campaign, as well as Tessa Munt for all her hard work over
the last five years, adding that he hoped they could work together
over the next few weeks to ensure a smooth transition.
result reflects a nationwide rejection of Nick Clegg and the Liberal
Democrats, and a widely held belief that towns and villages across
the Wells constituency could not afford and did not want a Labour
government," he said.
have voted resoundingly for a Conservative majority government
and it looks this morning as if that has been achieved."
those strong headwinds, Ms Munt and her hardworking team have
fought on and it is absolutely clear here to everybody in this
room that the result tonight does not reflect that work."
praised Mr Heappey on the success of his campaign, but said she
believed "money does talk."
also thanked her 'loyal, hardworking' team who supported her over
the last five years.
like to thank the voters who put their trust in me in 2010 and
given me the opportunity to defend this amazing part of the West
at the polls was 71.9%, the highest in three elections in the
Heappey lives in Axbridge with his wife Kate and his two children,
Charlie and Matilda.
is a self-employed project manager specialising in business risk
and resilience. Before entering politics in 2013, he served in
the Army for ten years reaching the rank of Major in the Rifles.
leaving the military, James worked for North Somerset MP Dr Liam
Fox for nine months as a parliamentary researcher.
this time he gained an insight into the inner workings of Westminster
as well as contributing to important local campaigns such as stopping
National Grid's plans for huge electricity pylons between Hinkley
Point and Avonmouth.
James Heappey's delight at election victory
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