The Lib Dem Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Somerton and Frome has announced she has stepped down from the race to take over from David Heath as MP for Somerton and Frome.
In a letter sent out today, Sarah Yong said:-
A Somerset MP whose constituency was badly affected by the winter floods has warned that people will not stand for government promises that are not delivered.
David Heath, MP for Somerton and Frome, told a Parliamentary debate that no-one should have been surprised at the extent of the floods, given the warnings about a lack of dredging. He said proposals to maintain rivers and improve drainage must be carried out.
The Somerset MP who HAD been in charge of the badger cull has described his sacking as "brutal".
David Heath, Liberal Democrat MP for Somerton and Frome, was dropped as farming minister last week and now says he won't stand again at the next election.
He told us he didn't believe it was connected to the failure to reach targets for the cull in Somerset.
You can see our Political Correspondent Bob Constantine's full interview with Mr Heath here.
Somerset MP David Heath has been talking about his decision to step down at the next election, and his sacking as farming minister in charge of the badger cull.
Mr Heath - Liberal Democrat MP for the marginal constituency of Somerton and Frome, was speaking at Westminster to our political correspondent Bob Constantine.
David Heath, the MP for Somerton & Frome is the latest casualty of the government re-shuffle. He has been sacked from his post at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with Lib Dem MP Dan Rogerson appointed to a junior ministerial job in the department.
The farming minister David Heath has been in Gloucestershire today to see badgers being vaccinated against TB. It's part of a 5 year project to test the effectiveness of the vaccines.
But he insisted that at this stage it cannot be a replacement for culling the animals.
Ken Goodwin reports:
Farming Minister David Heath tells our reporter Ken Goodwin that the vaccines are just part of the plan to tackle bovine TB.
Farming minister David Heath has been visiting Gloucestershire to see badgers being vaccinated against TB. It is part of a five-year project by the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratory to test the vaccines. So far more than 2500 badgers have received he jab.
But Mr Heath said that while the vaccination programme is encouraging, it will not replace the cull, which is due to go ahead soon in parts of Gloucestershire and Somerset.
Our reporter Bob Cruwys, spoke to Farming Minister David Heath at the Royal Bath and West Show. Mr Heath said the government is ready for the cull to start
The Liberal Democrat MP for Somerset and Frome, David Heath, is Minister of State for Agriculture and Food at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
He visited the Royal Bath and West Show at Shepton Mallet on Wednesday and spoke to ITV News West Country about the impending badger cull in Gloucestershire and Somerset: