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Tessa's sights set on return to Westminster!

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Former Liberal Democrat MP Tessa Munt has been re-selected to contest the next General Election here in Somerset and has her ‘sights firmly set on a return to Westminster’.

Tessa said:

“I’m delighted to have been re-selected as Parliamentary Candidate for the Wells Constituency, my family home. I loved serving Somerset and I’m proud of what I achieved for our area and the country, from establishing the Inquiry into child sex abuse cover ups to voting against fracking. Being an MP is an absolute honour. It’s also an unique opportunity to get things done and there’s so much more I want to achieve”.

“With our political system in chaos, the need for positive, strong and independent-minded voices in politics is greater than ever, I will provide just that."

Alan Gloak, local Party Chair, said:

I am over the moon that Wells Liberal Democrats have chosen Tessa Munt as their candidate. Tessa did a fantastic job for us as our MP from 2010 to 2015. I have no doubt that she will campaign energetically across Wells and take up the issues that matter in the city and shire.”

Paddy Ashdown said:

“I was thrilled but not surprised, to learn that Wells Liberal Democrats have re-selected Tessa to contest the next election."

"With ‘Tessa the firebrand’ as MP, local people got the best of both worlds: a truly local MP who ran a record 700 advice surgeries and a provided a strong voice in Westminster asking difficult questions, standing up for Somerset and more often than not, getting results against the odds."

"I can’t wait to see Tessa back in Parliament."

Tessa Munt

19th July 2016

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Wedmore Post Office

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Post Office Ltd has finally told us that it can't make a decision on where its base in Wedmore is going to be.

What Post Office Ltd's two page letter (which you can read here and here) in effect says is:

1. Post Office Ltd knows that well over 1,000 locals didn't like its plans. It still thinks it knows what's best for Wedmore. So much for "consultation".

2. Sophie & Mark at the Village Stores have withdrawn their application to host the Post Office.

3. The Wedmore branch will stay open and where it is only until Post Office Ltd finds somewhere else to put it. And it's looking hard to find somewhere.

4. Post Office Ltd really doesn't 'get' rural life and rural communities. It's studiously ignoring most of the points raised by locals.

5. A rural Post Office isn't a viable business in its own right, so it has to piggy-back onto other traders to exist at all.

6. Post Office's business case hasn't persuaded Richard Helps, Wedmore's Postmaster, that the 'merits' of its 'Local' model are good enough for him to take it on in Wedmore, so we're back exactly where we started 2.5 years ago.

7. Whatever Post Office Ltd thinks it's going to do, it is obliged to "consult" us again before it re-locates the service.

Tessa Munt 

19th July 2016

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Blair's Iraq War: Lib Dems Proven Correct

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Sir John Chilcot's long awaited inquiry into the Iraq was published today, all 2.6 million words of it. 
So today, my late friend Charles Kennedy has been vindicated. He was completely right to lead the Liberal Democrats in opposition to the war back in 2003, giving a voice to the millions who knew it was the wrong thing for Britain to do.
He did so in the face of vile taunts and mocking from Blair's Labour, insults and sneers from the Conservatives and blatant abuse from the right wing press.
Charles and his Liberal Democrat colleagues kept to their principles and voted against taking military action.
Every Lib Dem MP in 2003 - all 53 of my colleagues - voted "No" to committing our country to war in Iraq. I wasn't in Parliament at the time but I was one of the hundreds of thousands who marched on Parliament.
Labour and the Tories, including David Cameron, will now try and justify their position with talk of ‘if we knew then what we know now’, but the British people will know they had the power to stop the war, but chose not to.
Because Chilcot concludes exactly what Lib Dems have known for over thirteen years: there was no legal or strategic case for the invasion of Iraq. Instead of improving our security it in fact made our country and our world less safe.
It simply didn't have to be like this. The world would be a very different place if that decision had not been taken. 
How sad for all those killed, some estimate a million and billions more affected in some by the impact of the Iraq war.
Tessa Munt
6th July 2016
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