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Wiltshire MP votes against his own wife

A Wiltshire MP says he's had some teasing by colleagues after voting not just against his own government - but against his own wife.

Duncan Hames, the Liberal Democrat MP for Chippenham, joined the opposition to defeat a move to delay changes in the way pub landlords can buy beer from other breweries. The measure was promoted by his wife, the small firms minister Jo Swinson - but Mr Hames denied she'd given him a ticking-off!

Chippenham MP votes against wife in Commons

Duncan Hames (right) at the Liberal Democrat autumn conference in Glasgow. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Chippenham's Lib Dem MP Duncan Hames has voted not just against his own government - but against his own wife.

She is the small firms minister Jo Swinson. He was among rebels who defeated a measure she supported to restrict beer sales in tied pubs.

Jo Swinson MP. Credit: PA

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Nick Clegg hints A303 improvements could come soon

Nick Clegg discusses improvements to the A303 at a meeting in Ilminster Credit: ITV News

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has been discussing proposals to improve the A303 to the West country at a meeting with business leaders and councillors in Somerset.

He gave strong hints that money for the scheme would be announced in the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Autumn Statement next month.

I am absolutely determined that we should finally fix this. We haven't crossed the T's and dotted the I's yet on the announcement that will be made in the Autumn Statement in early December but, how can I put it, if there isn't an announcement to improve the A303 in the Autumn Statement, I'll come down here and start tarmacking it myself!

– Nick Clegg, Deputy PM

Government bows to pressure on forest bill

A trader in the Forest of Dean puts his point across Credit: ITV News

Campaigners win the Forest of Dean appear to have won a political victory.

Several hundred people protested against legislation which they say could have led to parts of the forest being sold to developers. But the government has agreed to include protection of forests in the Bill, following pressure from Labour in the House of Lords.

Rather than lose a vote and have to deal with it in the House of Commons where it could be a huge issue for MPs at this time if they get thousands of letters from people up and down the country who are concerned about the forests. Better to deal with it now in the Lords.

– Baroness Royall, Labour leader, House of Lords

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Victory for Forest of Dean campaigners

Protesters who mounted a candlelit vigil in the Forest of Dean tonight appear to have won a political victory.

400 campaigners were at the event, protesting against legislation which they say could have led to parts of the forest being sold to developers.

However following Labour pressure in the House of Lords, the Government has agreed to include protection of forests in the Bill.

Vince Cable to announce £50 million for SW businesses

Vince Cable will be in the region today to announce £50 million worth of funding for companies in the South West.

The Business Secretary will visit Bristol and Gloucestershire to make a series of announcements in support of high-tech manufacturing - including officially opening a £28 million extension to the National Composites Centre in South Gloucestershire (Emerson's Green).

Decision expected on Badger Trust appeal

The pilot cull of badgers has been taking place to help curb the spread of TB in cattle Credit: PA

Opponents of the badger culls will find out today if their latest legal challenge has been successful.

The Badger Trust is appealing against an earlier ruling that culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire could go ahead without independent monitors.

The trust argues this breaches a government promise.

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