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Lanterns of Longleat are up for auction

19 of Longleat's animal-themed lanterns are going up for auction Credit: ITV News

Giant Chinese lanterns that lit up Longleat this winter are to be auctioned for charity.

150,000 people came to see the illuminated designs at the Wiltshire estate. Some will be kept for next Christmas but 19 animal-themed creations will be sold to raise money for Tusk, the Duke of Cambridge's African wildlife conservation charity.

The online sale runs until 11 February. You can find out more here.

2000 jobs threatened by Tesco closures

13 stores and outlets are expected to close across the country Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Around 2,000 Tesco workers discovered their jobs were at risk after the supermarket giant disclosed the locations of 43 store closures, including a Homeplus store at Bristol Cribbs Causeway.

13 stores and outlets are among the unprofitable shops identified for closure by new chief executive Dave Lewis.

He announced the closure plan earlier this month as part of wider measures designed to revive the group's fortunes in the wake of a disastrous 2014.

The decision to close the stores has been exceptionally difficult to take. I recognise it will affect many hard-working colleagues, our customers and local communities.

Our priority is to explain what this announcement means for our colleagues and, wherever possible, offer them alternative roles with Tesco.

– Dave Lewis, Tesco Chief Executive


Conservative councillors want Somerset MP out

Ian Liddell Grainer (middle) has been accused of bullying Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Ian Liddell Grainger, Conservative MP for Bridgwater and West Somerset, is facing calls from his own party go.

West Somerset Council's Conservatives group passed a vote of no confidence on the MP - this means he could be deselected as a candidate in the general election.

The MP has a chequered past admitting to previously erasing a photo of a councillor who he was 'narked' with, as well as making offensive remarks about the West Somerset Council and its members.

The MP has declined to comment.

Ian Liddell-Grainger is the Conservative Party candidate for the Bridgwater and West Somerset constituency, and I have every confidence in him.

– Julie Nicholson, Chairman of the Bridgwater and West Somerset Conservative Association

Lib Dem MP for Wells quits as aide over fracking

Tessa Munt has quit her job as aide to Vince Cable after voting against the Government on fracking Credit: PA

The MP for Wells has quit her job as parliamentary aide to Business Secretary Vince Cable after voting against the Government on fracking.

Liberal Democrat Tessa Munt had said she intended to stay on, despite backing calls to suspend the controversial technique but a spokesperson for the Cabinet minister says her resignation has been accepted.

Ms Munt said she had restated her opposition to fracking, adding: "I am unwilling to compromise and cannot change my opposition to fracking.

"I will continue to campaign vocally against fracking and as result it is clear that my views cannot be reconciled with the Government on this matter.

"I will continue to defend and represent this beautiful part of Somerset, its residents, businesses with all the enthusiasm and energy that I have had since May 2010 when I became the Member.

"My campaign to stop fracking in Somerset continues."

"Tessa Munt has resigned from her position as parliamentary private secretary (PPS) to Vince Cable.

Both the Secretary of State for Business and the Deputy Prime Minister thank Tessa for the work she has done in government but understand her strength of feeling on this issue and have, therefore, accepted her resignation."

– Spokesperson for Vince Cable

Historic Bath hospital saved by larger NHS Trust

The Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases was originally founded in 1738 Credit: Geoff Kirby/Press Association Images

The Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Bath will be saved by a larger NHS trust after running into financial difficulty.

The specialist hospital provides leading rehabilitation and rheumatology care, including chronic pain and fatigue.

The hospital has suffered serious financial problems for some time due to its small size, housing only 25 beds.

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