Rebecca Pow, newly-selected as Conservative candidate for Taunton at the next General Election, has begun her two-year campaign to become the area’s next MP with an early meeting with David Cameron,
‘It was thrilling to meet the Prime Minister so soon and he was extremely encouraging about our upcoming campaign,” said Rebecca.
To a packed audience in North Devon, Mr Cameron openly put his confidence in Rebecca’s prospects of a Westminster seat saying ‘We can win in Taunton.’
Rebecca was selected by a capacity audience at an Open Primary held in July. It is the first time a candidate has been selected for the constituency in this way, open to the entire electorate. Rebecca is also the first woman candidate for Taunton Conservatives.
She has lived in Taunton for 27 years and has raised her three children in the constituency. Both Rebecca and her husband Charles Clark were born and raised in rural Somerset and are heavily involved in the local community.
A former BBC and ITV reporter specialising in rural issues, farming and gardening, Rebecca also worked for the National Farmers’ Union as a lobbyist for the farming community in dealings with Brussels. A decade ago, she decided to set up her own media and communications business – Pow Productions – in Taunton.
Her campaigns include supporting small businesses; she also supports the need for a referendum on EU membership by the end of 2017 and, together with Prime Minister David Cameron and internet service providers, the introduction of Family Friendly Filters to protect children online.
Rebecca Pow’s immediate priorities include “fighting crazy wind farm schemes, fighting for an arts centre in the constituency and working to revitalise high streets in Taunton, Wellington and Milverton.”