Campaigners fighting to stop the badgers culls in Somerset say they've had a 'constructive' meeting with the Environment Secretary.
Members of the Badger Trust spoke to Liz Truss in her London office, claiming the culls are both costly and ineffective in halting the spread of TB in cattle.
Afterwards they said she had agreed to consider various points about animal welfare and vaccination.
Badger culling could be extended to more areas where TB is rife in cattle if the Conservatives win the general election.
Environment Secretary Liz Truss made the announcement at the NFU annual conference, saying the party will continue with its 25-year strategy to eradicate the disease, which includes rolling-out the cull.
Campaigners have reacted angrily, calling it a cruel and ineffective strategy in combating the disease.
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:-
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.
A Somerset MP has expressed his frustration at what he feels is a lack of investment in road and rail links to the West Country.
David Heath, MP for Somerton and Frome, jokingly asked for a debate in Parliament to help the Department of Transport understand where the region is.
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.
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, 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.
The farming minister David Heath has been in Gloucestershire today to see badgers being vaccinated against TB. It's part of a 5 year project to test the effectiveness of the vaccines.
But he insisted that at this stage it cannot be a replacement for culling the animals.
Ken Goodwin reports:
Farming Minister David Heath tells our reporter Ken Goodwin that the vaccines are just part of the plan to tackle bovine TB.