One of Dorset's leading farmers says he's increasingly frustrated with the Government's decision not to extend badger culling trials.
Results of the European election in the South West are revealed. UKIP won the most votes, while the Green Party won a first South West seat
A successful day for UKIP, but Labour maintain their stronghold in Devon.
A Somerset MP who says she wrote to the new Environment Secretary inviting her to meet local farmers, says she's disappointed that she failed to do so.
Wells MP Tessa Munt has criticised Liz Truss for failing to take the opportunity to meet with a group of local farmers and landowners from the Axe and Brue catchment areas during her visit to the Somerset Levels yesterday.
– Tessa Munt MP
I know local people will be disappointed that she was unwilling to meet with them. I have the means to contact 1,100 affected smallholders, tenants and farmers with land abutting the Axe and Brue Rivers at short notice, and although they have missed out this time, I will write to Liz Truss again, asking that she meet those affected in my area so she understands these problems are not limited to the Parrett and the Tone.
The new Environment Secretary has told ITV News that badgers won't be gassed as part of the badger cull. Liz Truss was speaking on a visit to Somerset, just ten days after taking over from Owen Paterson in the cabinet reshuffle.
Her comments came as she toured dredging work in Burrowbridge as part of the plan to prevent a repeat of the devastating floods on the Somerset Levels.
The new Environment Secretary Liz Truss has told ITV West Country that the Government has ruled out gassing badgers.
Her pledge came as she visited the Somerset Levels for the first time to see the dredging operation. She said that the dredging will be completed on time.
The new Environment Secretary is due to visit Somerset today.
Liz Truss will see work to prevent the flooding that devastated the levels and moors last winter. She will visit Burrowbridge to see dredging on the River Parrett.
Truss says "must use every tool in tool box" over cull and bovine TB. Talking to Natural England
David Cameron has welcomed today's figures which shows there has been a fall in unemployment.
The Prime Minister tweeted that the figures "show more people have the security of a job than ever before".
Today's figures show more people have the security of a job than ever before. Full employment is a key aim of our #LongTermEconomicPlan.
The country's "resilience" during the economic downturn "is being rewarded" after figures released today showed a fall in unemployment, Employment Minister Esther McVey said.
She said: "An important milestone has been reached in our country's recovery. With one of the highest employment rates ever, it's clear that the Government's long-term economic plan to help businesses create jobs and get people working again is the right one.
"With an employment rate which has never been higher, record women in work and more young people in jobs, the resilience of the country during the downturn is being rewarded.
"We know there is more to do, and the best way to do so is to go on delivering a plan that's creating growth and jobs."
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.
Thousands of teachers are on strike today across the west country. Members of the National Union of Teachers believe performance related pay and working until the age of 68 for a full pension is unsustainable. Stephen Watterson is an NUT Representative ..
Thousands of public sector workers from the South West have been striking today. They're taking part in a nationwide dispute over pay and pensions. Many of the region's schools, libraries and museums are shut as a result. You can watch the below report with Seth Conway: