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Wells

2010 Results:
Conservative: 23760 (42.53%)
Labour: 4198 (7.51%)
Liberal Democrat: 24560 (43.96%)
BNP: 1004 (1.8%)
UKIP: 1711 (3.06%)
Green: 631 (1.13%)
Majority: 800 (1.43%)

2005 Results:
Conservative: 23071 (43.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 20031 (37.8%)
Labour: 8288 (15.6%)
Other: 1575 (3%)
Majority: 3040 (5.7%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 22462 (43.8%)
Labour: 7915 (15.4%)
Liberal Democrat: 19666 (38.3%)
UKIP: 1104 (2.2%)
Other: 167 (0.3%)
Majority: 2796 (5.4%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 22208 (39.4%)
Labour: 10204 (18.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 21680 (38.5%)
Referendum: 2196 (3.9%)
Other: 92 (0.2%)
Majority: 528 (0.9%)

No Boundary Changes:

Profile: A largely rural Somerset seat, that includes the Mendip hills and part of the Somerset levels to the South, Wells is England`s smallest city – a pleasant cathedral city at the foot of the mendip hills with a population of only around 10,000. The seat also includes the town of Glastonbury with its famous festival and its links with mysticism and Arthurian legend; Shepton Mallet, associated with the cider industry and the production of Babycham; the village of Cheddar, famous for giving its name to the cheese and for the Cheddar Gorge; and Burnham on Sea.

The seat has traditionally been Conservative, but is now a prime Liberal Democrat target. Arguably the seat would have fallen to the Liberal Democrats in 1997 were it not for a strong performance by the then Labour candidate Michael Eavis, the dairy farmer who has organised the Glastonbury festival since 1970.

portraitCurrent MP: Tessa Munt (Liberal Democrat) born 1959, Surrey. Legal Executive specializing in landlord and tenant issues. Contested Wells in 2005, Suffolk South 2001 and the 2001 Ipswich by-election.

2010 election candidates:
portraitDavid Heathcoat-Amory(Conservative) born 1949. Educated at Eton and Oxford. Worked as a chartered accountant for Price Waterhouse and Finance Director for British Technology Group prior to his election. Contested Brent South in 1979. Elected to Wells in 1983. Became a government whip in 1988 and a junior minister in 1989. He became Deputy Chief Whip in 1992 and then a Minister of State in 1993 before resigning from the government over his opposition to the single European Currency. Following the defeat of the Conservative party in 1997 he served in the shadow cabinet under William Hague and briefly under Michael Howard before returning to the backbenches. Along with Gisela Stuart he was one of the two British Parliamentary delegates to the Convention on the Future of Europe which drafted the European constitution (more information at They work for you)
portraitAndy Merryfield (Labour) Educated at Wallingham High School and Plymouth University. Teacher. Contested Wells 2001.
portraitTessa Munt (Liberal Democrat) born 1959, Surrey. Legal Executive specializing in landlord and tenant issues. Contested Wells in 2005, Suffolk South 2001 and the 2001 Ipswich by-election.
portraitChris Briton (Green)
portraitJake Baynes (UKIP)
portraitHarry Boyce (BNP)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 98423
Male: 48.5%
Female: 51.5%
Under 18: 22.2%
Over 60: 25.6%
Born outside UK: 4.2%
White: 98.8%
Asian: 0.3%
Mixed: 0.5%
Other: 0.3%
Christian: 75.7%
Full time students: 2.2%
Graduates 16-74: 18.6%
No Qualifications 16-74: 27.4%
Owner-Occupied: 77.4%
Social Housing: 10.4% (Council: 5.5%, Housing Ass.: 4.9%)
Privately Rented: 8.6%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 8%

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255 Responses to “Wells”

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  1. The comparison with her brother’s result is also erroneous and “clutching at straws”. He fought a Labour MP at the height of their unpopularity and won; AR-M fought a LD MP at the height of their brief fame and lost, albeit very respectably and similarly to many of her colleagues in the party, increasing the Tory vote in the process unlike a good number of Tory PPCs who fought LDs (yes I know some of them actually won, too).

    Whoops, I said a week ago I wouldn’t argue any more – then I got curious and looked at this seat again and thought I’d back up John D!

  2. Con gain Mendip

  3. Excellent result in the Brent county division within this seat for the Lib Dems. In one of the safest Tory county divisions in Somerset.

    SomersetCC – Brent:

    Con 1285 (58.0% -12.0)
    LD Helen Groves 932 (42.0% +17.4)
    [Lab (0.0% -5.4)]

    (June 2009 – Con 2108, Lib Dem 744, Lab 162).

    Con hold. Swing 14.6% Con to Lib Dem.

  4. The Liberals used to hold the seat in the 1980s.

  5. James Heappey (former soldier working for Liam Fox) has been selected as the Conservative candidate for 2015.

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