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North Somerset MP turns down Foreign Office post

Liam Fox, who stepped down as Defence Secretary in 2011, has turned down a ministerial position Credit: PA

Liam Fox, the MP for North Somerset has turned down an invitation to become Minister of State in the Foreign Office as part of the cabinet reshuffle.

He stepped down from the role of Defence Secretary in 2011, following controversy over his working relationship with lobbyist Adam Werritty.

He has released the following statement:

"I was honoured to be offered a post as Minister of State in the Foreign Office by the Prime Minister. I have turned it down. The issues that matter most to me and my constituents in North Somerset are the economy, immigration and Europe.

"I do not want to be distracted from what needs to be said on these matters at such an important time politically and look forward to discussing them from the back benches in the lead up to the General Election."

Cameron promotes West MPs in cabinet reshuffle

Claire Perry leaving Downing Street after being told she will be made Transport Minister Credit: ITV News West Country

There have been promotions for three of the West's MPs as the Prime Minister reshuffles his cabinet. Devizes MP Claire Perry becomes a Transport Minister. While her Wiltshire colleague, Robert Buckland, who represents South Swindon, has been made Solicitor General.

Mark Harper, who resigned a year ago is returning to the cabinet as Minister of State in the Department for Work & Pensions Credit: ITV News West Country

Forest of Dean MP Mark Harper moves to the Department for Work and Pensions, just a year after quitting as Immigration Minister over the employment of his cleaner.

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Activists plan to disrupt boar cull in the Forest of Dean

A new campaign group in the Forest of Dean is vowing to disrupt the cull of hundreds of wild boar this autumn. Their numbers have soared since they first appeared seven years ago, when a small number were introduced illegally. Saboteurs plan to use tactics adopted during the badger cull.

Campaigners call for cull to be halted.

Hundreds of wild boar roaming the Forest of Dean are to be culled in the autumn. Their numbers have soared since they first appeared seven years ago when a small number were introduced illegally.

A new campaign group is calling for the cull to be halted.

But the boar have become so abundant that they're causing widespread damage.

In the first of a two part report, our Gloucestershire correspondent Ken Goodwin hears from those who say they need to be controlled:-

Boar culling to take place in the autumn

Hundreds of wild boar roaming the Forest of Dean are to be culled in the autumn.

Although a campaign group doesn't want the cull to go ahead their numbers have soared since a small number were introduced illegally in 2007.

But the boar have become so abundant that they're causing widespread damage.

Wild boar in the Forest of Dene are to be culled because of an increase in numbers. Credit: ITV News

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Eco farmers fight eviction threat

A group of people occupying an old farm in Gloucestershire say that they want to continue their way of life despite the threat of eviction hanging over them.

The ownership of Yorkley Court Farm in the Forest of Dean is being contested in the courts, but for the last two years it has been looked after by the group, who have been explaining their way of life to Gloucestershire correspondent Ken Goodwin,

Community farm granted injunction against eviction

A standoff between the community farmers and bailiffs is now over Credit: ITV News West Country

A group of eco activists running a community farm in the Forest of Dean say they've been granted an injunction preventing them from being evicted.

It means they'll be able to continue living and working on the land for 12 months, though it is subject to appeal within seven days.

The activists called the police yesterday when bailiffs arrived early in the morning to try to remove them and their possessions from the area.

Eco activists call in police in dispute over land

Police have been called to a farm in the Forest of Dean following a tense stand-off between residents and bailiffs.

Around 15 eco-activists have been working the 180-acre site at Yorkley Court community farm for the past two years. Yesterday security men and bailiffs entered the building although, according to residents, the ownership of the land is unknown.

Hannah Beasley, a community farmer who lives on the site, says they questioned the legal rights of the bailiffs when they arrived early in the morning:

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