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New Yeovil MP vows to bring “real change” to the area

NEW Yeovil and South Somerset MP Adam Dance will look to rebuild the confidence the local community has in their elected parliamentary representative.

The area has seen a change in MP for the first time since 2015, with the previous Conservative MP Marcus Fysh losing his seat to Liberal Democrat Adam Dance convincingly, as Mr Dance won with a majority of more than 12,000 votes.

Mr Fysh promptly resigned from the Conservatives on July 6, describing his party as “dead” with “no chance of ever being electable again with its current non-Conservative Parliamentary composition.”

Mr Dance said he is hoping to be the the MP “that people deserve”, but said that the road will not be easy and that tough challenges lie ahead if he wants to make significant changes

Adam Dance MP on election night Picture: Yeovil and South Somerset Lib Dems

Adam Dance MP on election night Picture: Yeovil and South Somerset Lib Dems.

Mr Dance said: “I am looking forward to working with all my Liberal Democrat colleagues here in Somerset, as well as our neighbours in Dorset and Devon, to bring real change into our area, to properly fund our health service, attract investment, and to reverse the environmental damage caused by years of Conservative neglect.

“It is a privilege to be representing this constituency where I grew up, and to follow in the footsteps of Paddy and David..

“I plan to be an agent for change at Westminster and aim to rebuild the confidence of this community in their MP.”

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The new MP was the first to cast his vote last Thursday (July 4) at his polling station in South Petherton before spending the rest of the day vying for votes across the constituency.

He arrived at Westlands in Yeovil around 1am, with Mr Dance being formally announced as the winner at 4.15am as he took almost half the vote share with over 23,000 votes and a majority of more than 12,000, the highest in the county.

It wasn’t long before Mr Dance was back at work. Friday afternoon saw him taking down his election signs in and around Ilminster, and on Saturday he was doing the same in Over Stratton and Seavington after spending most of his day at Yeovil Super Saturday.

Mr Dance removing election signs Picture: Yeovil and South Somerset Lib Dems

Mr Dance removing election signs Picture: Yeovil and South Somerset Lib Dems

On Sunday (July 7) evening, Mr Dance left Crewkerne Railway Station for London where he will be sworn in as the newly elected Liberal Democrat MP for Yeovil, following in the footsteps of his mentors and supporters Paddy Ashdown and David Laws.

Mr Dance will be joining an unprecedented number of Liberal Democrat MPs including all those surrounding the Yeovil constituency – West Dorset, Honiton and Sidmouth, Taunton and Wellington, and Glastonbury and Somerton.

Mr Dance on the way to London to be sworn in Picture: Yeovil and South Somerset Lib Dems

Mr Dance on the way to London to be sworn in Picture: Yeovil and South Somerset Lib Dems

 

 

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