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Somerset MP says flooding 'was no surprise'

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.

Heath describes sacking as "brutal"

David Heath in his role as Farming Minister Credit: PA

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.

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David Heath sacked as Farming Minister

David Heath, MP for Somerton & Frome sacked from the government Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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.

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TB vaccines tested on Gloucestershire badgers

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.

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