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Environment Secretary expected to lose his job in cabinet reshuffle

Owen Paterson visiting Northmoor Pumping Station in January Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is expected to lose his job in David Cameron's cabinet reshuffle.

The Conservative minister came under intense pressure, following his handling of the flooding on the Somerset levels, and also received criticism for the horsemeat scandal and unsuccessful badger culls. Meanwhile, North Somerset MP Liam Fox is tipped to make a return to the front benches.


Liam Fox calls for public spending freeze

North Somerset Conservative MP Liam Fox has called on the government for a radical change in economic policy, just nine days before the budget.

Dr Fox used a speech in London to argue for tax cuts and a freeze in public spending. And he opposed the policy of protecting areas like the NHS and overseas aid at the expense of other government departments.

West MP leads debate on future of Clevedon Hospital

The future of Clevedon Hospital was debated in the Commons. Credit: ITV West

Concerns over the future of Clevedon Hospital were debated in the Commons last night [Wednesday].

North Somerset MP Liam Fox led the debate after plans for a new hospital were ditched earlier this year by health authorities.

Locals have been angered by the amount of money that will have been wasted if the project does not go ahead.

£1.5 million has already been spent on the planning process.


Anti-pylon protesters hold public meeting

The National Grid wants new pylons across more than 30 miles of Somerset Credit: ITV West

Opponents of plans by the National Grid to build pylons carrying new power lines across Somerset are holding a public meeting in Nailsea this afternoon. It follows the publication earlier this month of details of the 37-mile long route from Bridgwater to Avonmouth.

The Grid proposes to put up more than 140 new pylons, each around 40ft higher than the current 100ft. A five-mile section through the Mendips would go underground. The plans have attracted widespread opposition from residents who fear the countryside will be blighted.

They're calling for the power lines to be buried underground for the entire route. This afternoon's meeting has been organised by the group Nailsea Against Pylons. It will be chaired by North Somerset MP Liam Fox. The meeting starts at 2.30pm at Nailsea Methodist Church, Silver Street, BS48 2DS.

Portishead Lido celebrates 50th Anniversary

It's the 50th anniversary of the Portishead Open Air Lido today and a range of events are being planned to celebrate.

There will be fairground rides, zorb walking and a balloon race.

Volunteers at the lido will also be recreating the moment when the pool was officially opened by Alderman Smith. To mark the opening Mr Smith poured a kettle of hot water into the pool. Today a similar kettle pouring ceremony will be conducted by North Somerset MP Liam Fox.