Tessa Priorities

A Fair Deal for Wells & Mendip Hills 

Tessa is a prolific community campaigner, with a proven track record in Parliament. 

As your MP, Tessa will campaign for a fair deal that gives everyone opportunity. A fair deal that puts power in your hands. A fair deal that holds the powerful to account.

Tessa has years of experience campaigning on issues that matter to you and her priorities will always be informed by what you tell her. If elected, Tessa will waste no time using her voice to: 

  • Protect the environment - it’s our young people’s future
  • Improve the NHS in the South West
  • Support our schools and young people
  • Tackle the cost-of-living crisis, particularly for families and businesses struggling to pay the bills
  • Support local food and farming 
  • Increase the availability of high quality, affordable housing 

A vote for Tessa is a vote to fix the mess the Conservatives have left the country in.


Tessa’s Parliamentary Fact File 

In the five years Tessa was the MP for previous parliamentary seat of Wells she was highly active in Parliament: 

  • Engaged in close to 320 debates 
  • Asked Ministers around 130 questions in the House of Commons chamber 
  • Submitted 550 questions to the Government in writing 
  • Asked 16 Prime Minister’s Questions 
  • Presented 10 petitions from local residents to Parliament 
  • Sat on Committees to scrutinise the Education Act, the Energy Act, the Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Bill, and the Consumer Rights Bill
  • Tabled five parliamentary debates on issues you told her mattered to you

Vote for Tessa for our part of the West Country to be heard in Parliament. 


Tessa in the commons

Tessa’s Record of Action 

Helped over 27,000 people over five years as MP, holding a record number of MP ‘drop in’ surgeries

  • Secured £51 million for cancer care in South West, making Bristol a centre of excellence  
  • Instrumental in strengthening anti-corruption laws to prevent human rights abuses, tax avoidance and money laundering 
  • Declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency at Somerset County Council - helping protect the countryside, homes and livelihoods of people who live here
  • Successfully pushed the Home Secretary to set up an independent Inquiry into child sexual abuse 
  • Voted onto the Education Select Committee because of experience as a teacher and lecturer and steadfast commitment to improving opportunity for all 
  • Was the first MP to publish her tax returns and record every gift received while serving as MP
  • Stuck by her principles and resigned from her ministerial post in Government after voting against fracking
  • Co-ordinated the successful campaign to keep the Bishop of Bath & Wells in the Bishop’s Palace
  • Helped stop the Conservatives’ planned sale of our Ancient Forests


Tessa TV interview

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Tessa 700 surgeries
Tessa in Wells market
Tessa planting trees
Tessa in a shop

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