POLLING stations across Somerset will open at 7am for what is being billed 'the most important general election in a generation'.

Voters are being asked to choose MPs - and ultimately, a Prime Minister - that could oversee us leaving the European Union and much, much more, over the next five years.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who gambled his premiership by triggering the vote, has sought to focus on his pledge to "get Brexit done" throughout the campaign.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, his rival in the race to Number 10, has instead tried to highlight his party's credentials on the health service and other domestic issues.

The polls have narrowed in the final week of the campaign, which has seen a final flurry of controversy.

On Monday, Mr Johnson came under fire for his alleged lack of empathy when he pocketed a journalist's phone when asked to view a photograph of a four-year-old boy who was forced to sleep on a hospital floor.

The following day, however, Labour's campaign was rocked when a member of the shadow cabinet was revealed to have poured scorn on Mr Corbyn's election chances in a leaked recording.

A terror attack on London Bridge - which echoed a similar incident in the middle of the 2017 election - briefly disrupted the campaign, but quickly turned political.

The third General Election in less than five years has been largely dominated by the 2016 vote to leave the European Union - with Labour pledging to give voters another say in a second referendum, while the Tories have vowed to take the UK out of the EU next month.

Here are the seats up for grabs in Somerset - and who is standing:

Bridgwater & West Somerset
Ian Liddell-Grainger - Conservative
Fares Moussa - Liberal Party
Bill Revans - Liberal Democrat
Green - Mickie Ritchie
Labour - Oliver Thornton

Taunton Deane
Gideon Amos - Liberal Democrat
Liam Canham - Labour
Independent - John Hunt
Conservative - Rebecca Pow

Tony Capozzoli - Independent
Liberal Democrat - Mick Clark
The Constitution and Reform Party - Tom Fox
Conservative - Marcus Fysh
Labour - Terry Ledlie
Green - Diane Wood

Dave Dobbs - Independent
James Heappey - Conservative
Kama McKenzie - Labour
Tessa Munt - Liberal Democrat
Susie Quatermass - Motherworld Party

Somerton & Frome
Adam Boyden - Liberal Democrat
Andrea Dexter - Green
Sean Dromgoole - Labour
Conservative - David Warburton

Somerset North
Ashley Cartman - Liberal Democrat
Liam Fox - Conservative
Phil Neve - Green
Hannah Young - Labour

Somerset North East
Nick Coates - Liberal Democrat
Mark Huband - Labour
Shaun Hughes - Independent
Jacob Rees-Mogg - Conservative
Fay Whitfield - Green

Bill Blockhead - Independent
Mike Davies - Labour
Wera Hobhouse - Liberal Democrat
Jimi Ogunnusi - The Brexit Party
Annabel Tall - Conservative

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