Tessa says “I am the only Parliamentary candidate in this area who can realistically unseat the Conservative MP. I know I’m not alone in thinking that Boris Johnson’s short stint as Prime Minister has been a disaster, leaving the nation more divided and chaotic than ever. I have been hearing over and over again on the doorstep, including from people who have only ever voted Conservative, that they’ve had enough and that now’s the time to build a better, brighter future.”
Tessa served as MP between 2010 and 2015 and amongst her many successes she:
- secured £51 million from NHS England to improve access to specialist cancer treatment in the Westcountry
- stopped the Conservatives selling off ancient woodland
- overturned the hated ‘Caravan Tax’
- delivered an Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse
- kept the Bishop in his Palace in Wells
More than that, Tessa worked with 1 in every 3 individual local people helping with their problems and is known for holding over 700 advice surgeries - something she has continued to do as Somerset County Councillor for Wells.
Tessa is passionate about addressing the Climate & Ecological Emergency and considers it’s without doubt the biggest issue facing humanity. Tessa watched with dismay as the Conservatives dismantled all the progress made by the Lib Dems in Government. She knows the Lib Dems’ environmental policies will reduce air pollution, increase investment in renewable energy and create huge numbers of green jobs across the UK.
Tessa’s other priority is rebuilding vital NHS services by looking after the interests of our doctors, nurses and care workers who are so desperately needed in hospitals and care homes in this area.