GLASTONBURY Festival founder Michael Eavis has pledged his support for local Labour candidate, Kama McKenzie.

Mr Eavis recently welcomed Kama McKenzie, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Wells, to Worthy Farm where the pair discussed a range of local issues, including affordable housing – a topic close to Eavis’s heart.

To date, Eavis has built 68 affordable homes in Pilton, which he has reserved for local families under long-term tenancies and vows never to sell.

Of Labour’s plans to build 1 million affordable homes over the next 10 years, Eavis said: "It’s incredibly important that families can stay in their local area, feeling secure with homes for life."

He also celebrated the success of Glastonbury’s St Dunstan’s School, where McKenzie is a parent governor, acknowledging that a change in leadership had turned the school around.

The two talked about the importance to the local area of sustaining the school’s improvement and shared concerns about the levels of funding for education under the current government, as well as their hopes for future generations under a Labour leadership.

Mr Eavis added: “Corbyn is the man this country needs right now.”

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News:

DISCUSSION: Labour candidate Kama McKenzie with Michael Eavis at Worthy Farm

Eavis told McKenzie – the first female candidate to stand for Labour in Wells – that he looks forward to voting for her in the upcoming general election.

Eavis himself stood for Labour in 1997, achieving an 18.1% share of the vote, and he hopes to see McKenzie’s own share of the vote surpass that achievement.

Kama McKenzie first met with Michael Eavis in 2017, when Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn visited the first homes built in Margaret Bondfield Close.

Meeting with McKenzie last week, Eavis shared that he would be talking with Corbyn later the same day to affirm his support.

Mr Eavis also met with Liberal Democrat candidate Tessa Munt on the campaign trail recently.

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News:

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Tessa Munt with Michael Eavis

The full list of candidates in the Wells constituency is:

James Heappey - Conservatives

Tessa Munt - Liberal Democrats

Kama McKenzie - Labour

Dave Dobbs - Independent

Susie Quartermass - The Motherworld Party