James Heappey weekly column

Last Friday was Somerset Day and so, officially, the day to celebrate everything that is so wonderful about our county. To mark the occasion the County Council ran the ‘World Cup of Somerset’ in which people would vote via polls on Twitter for their favourite things about our county.

James Heappey MP calls for wild animals to be banned from circuses

 Wells MP James Heappey has pledged his support to the RSPCA’s campaign to ban the use of wild animals in circuses.

It has been revealed 18 wild animals are still used in the UK and Mr Heappey will be supporting the Wild Animals in Circuses Bill in Parliament.

James Heappey weekly column

This week Parliament has voted on the Data Protection Bill which is important in its own right. However it became of wider interest when a few amendments were made relating to the freedom of our press.

James Heappey weekly column

The weather over the last week or two has announced that spring is very much here and summer will be along pretty quickly behind. That’s mostly good news all round but it does bring with it one downside that we feel acutely here in Somerset: Illegal traveller encampments.