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Prospective MP stands down from Frome contest

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:-

I just wanted to let you know that it is with great regret that I've decided to stand down from my role as Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Somerton and Frome.

"I have made this decision for personal reasons and as a result of changes in personal circumstances.

"It's a decision I've not taken lightly, and it's one I take with a heavy heart.

"I would have loved to have followed in David Heath's footsteps as the MP for Somerton and Frome.

– Sarah Yong

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.

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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.

David Heath on being sacked and stepping down as MP

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 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.

West Country Minister defends looming badger cull

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:

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