Swindon South's Conservative MP, Robert Buckland is facing embarrassment - just five days into his new job as Solicitor General.
Join Alastair Stewart in Westminster for a look at this week's biggest political stories and how they affect us in the West Country.
Along with European elections, Local Council elections take place across the region today.
A Somerset MP who says she wrote to the new Environment Secretary inviting her to meet local farmers, says she's disappointed that she failed to do so.
Wells MP Tessa Munt has criticised Liz Truss for failing to take the opportunity to meet with a group of local farmers and landowners from the Axe and Brue catchment areas during her visit to the Somerset Levels yesterday.
– Tessa Munt MP
I know local people will be disappointed that she was unwilling to meet with them. I have the means to contact 1,100 affected smallholders, tenants and farmers with land abutting the Axe and Brue Rivers at short notice, and although they have missed out this time, I will write to Liz Truss again, asking that she meet those affected in my area so she understands these problems are not limited to the Parrett and the Tone.
The new Environment Secretary has told ITV News that badgers won't be gassed as part of the badger cull. Liz Truss was speaking on a visit to Somerset, just ten days after taking over from Owen Paterson in the cabinet reshuffle.
Her comments came as she toured dredging work in Burrowbridge as part of the plan to prevent a repeat of the devastating floods on the Somerset Levels.
The new Environment Secretary Liz Truss has told ITV West Country that the Government has ruled out gassing badgers.
Her pledge came as she visited the Somerset Levels for the first time to see the dredging operation. She said that the dredging will be completed on time.
The new Environment Secretary is due to visit Somerset today. Liz Truss will see work to prevent the flooding that devastated the levels and moors last winter.
She will visit Burrowbridge to see dredging on the River Parrett.
Labour leader Ed Miliband has admitted to a likeness with "Wallace" from the popular "Wallace and Gromit" films, made by Bristol's Aardman Animations.
But he says politics rather than his image is what is important to him.
In a wide-ranging speech to the Royal Institute of British Architects he said:
– Ed Miliband MP, Labour leader
I am not from central casting. You can find people who are more square-jawed, more chiselled, look less like Wallace.
London has Boris Johnson, Bristol has George Ferguson and now a campaign has begun to have an elected Mayor for Bath and North East Somerset.
A Somerset MP has criticised the county council after reports that it pays senior staff the highest salaries in the country.
Tessa Munt, MP for Wells, says she's appalled that the head of Children's services gets £318,000 - more than twice the Prime Minister.
A meeting's being held tonight, 23 July, to promote a campaign for an elected mayor in Bath and North East Somerset, similar to the one in Bristol.
A petition has been started which, if it attracts 6,900 names of voters in the area, will trigger a referendum on the issue.
Supporters are meeting at the BRLSI in Queen Square in Bath at 7pm to discuss the campaign.
Campaigners fighting plans for new residents-only parking zones around Bristol drove a tank down one of the city's main streets tonight.
The protest was to highlight a petition expressing "no confidence" in Mayor George Ferguson's handling of the scheme.
Mayor Ferguson rejected the groups concerns, which he described as of "no consequence". The petition was debated in tonight's meeting of Full Council but no vote was made and the system is set to continue.
Claire Perry MP, the new Transport Minister responsible for railways, has told ITV News she'll never has, and never will, travel first class at taxpayers expense. The Minister, who represents Devizes in Wiltshire, also said the Daily Mail's coverage of the promotion of female MP's was 'puerile' and 'irritating'. She spoke to Ian Axton.