Election: James Heappey re-elected as Burnham-On-Sea's MP
James Heappey has been re-elected as Burnham-On-Sea's MP after Thursday's
result, announced early this morning, was: Conservative James Heappey
(30,488), Liberal Democrat Tessa Munt (22,906), Labour's Andy Merryfield
(7,129) and the Christian Peoples Alliance's Lorna Corke (320).
Heappey said in his victory speech that he was "hugely honoured"
to be the constituency's MP once again.
added: "To be the first MP to win 50 per cent of the votes
for this constituency for 20 years is a massive thrill. After such
a rollercoaster on the doorstep and in the press, I am just thrilled
to be returning as the MP. I would like a full term this time."
across the Wells constituency was up on two years ago, with 73.95
Munt declared she would be ready to run again. She bemoaned the
voting system that "does not reflect the actual vote",
but said the election as a whole had been a win for young people's
Heappey won with a majority of 7,582 after residents across the
Wells constituency - which includes Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge,
Berrow and Brean - went to the polls on Thursday.
the last General Election in May 2015, Mr Heappey won the parliamentary
seat with a majority of 7,585 votes, or 46.1% of the vote over Tessa
Munt's 32.8%. Tessa Munt won the seat from the Tories by 800 votes
at the previous election in 2010.
Munt speaking to the media after her election night loss early today
count was held at the Bath and West Showground, in Shepton Mallett
and the final result was declared at 4.35am.