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 Wells
Other Conservative hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
David Heathcoat-Amory Conservative 22,462 43.8 +4.4
Graham Oakes Liberal Democrat 19,666 38.3 -0.2
Andy Merryfield Labour 7,915 15.4 -2.7
Steve Reed UK Independence 1,104 2.2  
Colin Bex Wessex Region 167 0.3  
Majority 2,796 5.4
Turnout 51,314 69.2 -8.6
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.3% from Liberal Democrat to Conservative
Lab-Con (against 1997) 3.5% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Wells - with a population of around 10,000 - is England’s smallest city, and is the only city in the county of Somerset. It has a magnificent cathedral, built between the 12th and 14th centuries, which is considered one of the finest examples of early Gothic church architecture.

The moated Bishop’s Palace is home to the Bishop of Bath and Wells: the city’s name derives from the springs which rise in the garden of the Palace and have formed a focus of religious interest for over 2,000 years.

Glastonbury is best known today for the annual music festival which takes place there usually attracting around 100,000 visitors. St Michael’s Tower sits on the top of Glastonbury Tor over 500 feet above sea level. The ruined Glastonbury Abbey was visited according to legend by Joseph of Arimathea and given that this is in the legendary ‘Camelot country’ it is said that King Arthur and his wife Guinevere were buried there.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Wells
Conservative hold
Name Party Votes %
David Heathcoat-Amory Conservative 22,208 39.4
Peter Gold Liberal Democrat 21,680 38.5
Michael Eavis Labour 10,204 18.1
Patricia Phelps Referendum 2,196 3.9
Lynn Royse Natural Law 92 0.2
Majority 528 0.9
Turnout 56,380 77.8
 
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