Brexit Party MP candidate vows to prioritise Portishead rail... but Lib Dems say it is 'in hand'
PUBLISHED: 15:55 06 September 2019
The Brexit Party has announced a candidate to stand in the North Somerset constituency the next time a General Election is held.
Ann Tarr, who lives in Portishead, will represent the party led by Nigel Farage.
The seat has been held by Dr Liam Fox, for the Conservatives, since 1992.
No General Election has been called - with the next one not due to be held until 2022.
However, it is widely believed that new Prime Minister Boris Johnson may call a snap election to try to secure a majority for the Conservatives.
Mrs Tarr hopes to build on the Brexit Party's success during May's European Union elections.
She said: "It was so good being able to stand up for democracy and to represent the 17.4 million leave voters whose voices had been silenced by the Pro-Remain House of Commons and mainstream media in the campaign in May.
"Since the formation of the Brexit Party and our outstanding success in the EU elections, we have already changed politics for good with a new Prime Minister and a clear commitment for Brexit.
"I intend to stand in the forthcoming General Election and will be fighting for the rights of this constituency which have been sadly neglected by the Conservative Party."
Mrs Tarr believes it is time for change.
She said: "For too long the Conservative Party has assumed North Somerset will always return a Conservative MP.
"This needs to change - we need to change the broken two party political system and make sure that all voices are heard.
"We need MPs with real life business experience who understand the stress caused by overcrowded roads and lack of decent, affordable, public transport and housing.
"My priority will be to ensure that Portishead Railway becomes a reality."
Ms Tarr, who is co-chairman of St Francis Primary School in Nailsea, stood in the EU elections but failed to win a seat.
Ashley Cartman, who is also a North Somerset councillor, will stand again for the Liberal Democrats as the party seeks to fight against Brexit.
He said the railway project is progressing well already.
He said: "I have lived in North Somerset for many years and feel that we all need to be represented by a local person, someone who understands North Somerset, and who will be a strong voice in Westminster for all us all.
"I am pleased the Brexit Party candidate wishes to prioritise the railway line for Portishead and wish to confirm that as the executive member for finance for North Somerset Council I, and the wider council, are already doing this.
"I hope now she can rest assured that everything is in hand."