Election Hustings – 5th May

On Tuesday 5th May, the churches in Yeovil organised a hustings involving all five Yeovil Constituency candidates for the 2015 General Election. The hustings was a chance for the candidates to put forward their vision, and to hear them answer and debate questions posed by members of the audience.

This was a fantastic event, hosted by Yeovil Community Church, and with a capacity crowd. Some information is available below on each of the candidates, and the twitter feed from during the meeting is available here (content is not the responsibility of St John’s):

David LawsDavid Laws (Liberal Democrat)

The current Member of Parliament for Yeovil having been first elected as MP in 2001. A former investment banker, he has served in the current coalition government as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, and more recently as Minister of State for Schools, and Minister of State for Cabinet Office.


Marcus FyshMarcus Fysh (Conservative)

Born in Australia, but moved to UK at age 3. He is businessman who is now serving as a councillor on Somerset County Council, and South Somerset District Council.

Website – Facebook – Twitter

Sheena KingSheena King (Labour)

Sheena is the mother of a baby boy, a law graduate and has an 11 year career history in air traffic control.
Website – Facebook

Simon Smedley

Simon Smedley (UKIP)

Simon was born in Wimbledon and moved to Somerset in 2001. Working in the property industry, he now runs a small commercial property company. He has been a local churchwarden for 10 years.

Emily McIvor

Emily McIvor (Green)

West country born and raised, Emily now lives in Axmouth. She has worked at Ferne Animal sanctuary and had careers in teaching and animal welfare.
Website – Facebook – Twitter