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.
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.
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.