Tessa Munt to challenge Somerset Tory County Council Leader in May

Former Liberal Democrat MP for Wells Tessa Munt hopes to make a political comeback in May as she is standing for Somerset County Council against the current Tory leader.

From Somerset Live:

A spokesman for the Lib Dems said the party has identified mid Somerset as a key battleground.

Speaking as Wells Lib Dems introduced their local candidates, Ms Munt said: “I simply cannot stand by for the next three years and watch as the Conservatives run our county into the ground.”

The Lib Dems say they are feeling buoyant after their shock victory in a recent Wells City Council election as the party bounces back from a poor showing in 2013.

Wells Lib Dems say they have almost tripled their number of members since Ms Munt lost her Parliamentary seat in 2015 and she has vowed to stand for Parliament again in 2020.

Challenging the Tories for the two County Council seats in Street and Glastonbury will be newly-retired Manager of Street’s Strode Theatre, Liz Leyshon, along with popular Glastonbury Councillor, Nick Cottle. Alan Gloak, who has served Glastonbury faithfully as a Councillor since 1995, has announced his retirement

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  • Having read the whole article online it is very striking that the Labour Party are not mentioned once. Obviously the local media don’t appear to think they matter very much…

  • Lorenzo Cherin 22nd Mar '17 - 1:10pm

    Tessa Munt was and is a very good exponent of our party at it’s most common sense and effective . This is a good move . She must get some publicity.More than much else it is what our party needs.

  • nvelope2003 22nd Mar '17 - 1:15pm

    The Labour Party have not done well in recent years in Somerset or anywhere else in the West Country, except Bridgwater and Wellington, Somerset and Exeter, Devon. It will be interesting to see how they do this year and also what will happen to UKIP which gained 3 councillors on Somerset CC. Labour did not used to fight many seats but last time put up many more hoping to gain from Liberal Democrat participation in the coalition which may have cost them a few seats, though UKIP cost them a lot more.

  • Peter Watson 22nd Mar '17 - 1:17pm

    @Gary “Obviously the local media don’t appear to think they matter very much…”
    Or perhaps the local Lib Dems gave them the article.

  • Go Tessa!

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