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'It's a vindication of all the hard work the team have put in'

James Heappey has been re-elected as the MP for Wells, with an increased majority.

The Conservative candidate beat Liberal Democrat Tessa Munt by 9,991 votes, 2,409 more votes than the majority at the 2017 election. He received 33,336 votes in total this year.

Conservative candidate James Heappey re-elected as Wells' MP.

General election 2019: What questions do you have?


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West election results at 6am

Nearly all the results from constituencies across the West are in, with just Cheltenham still to come.

  • A recount is taking place in Cheltenham - bundles of votes have been laid out next to each other as the result appears too close to call
  • John Glen has been re-elected as the Conservative MP for Salisbury.
  • David Warburton has been re-elected as the Conservative MP for Somerton and Frome
  • Marcus Fysh has been re-elected as Conservative MP for Yeovil
  • There have been no changes to the political landscape of Bristol. Labour held on to inner Bristol with wins for Kerry McCarthy in Bristol East, Darren Jones in Bristol North West, Karin Smyth in Bristol South, and Thangam Debbonaire in Bristol West.
  • For the Tories, the former Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox was returned to Somerset North
  • Jack Lopresti, Luke Hall, and Chris Skidmore held on to Filton & Bradley Stoke,Thornbury & Yate, and Kingswood.
  • The Conservatives have held Swindon's two seats with increased majorities. Justin Tomlinson has been re-elected as the MP for Swindon North; while Robert Buckland, who is justice secretary, held Swindon South.
  • Conservative Michele Donelan was re-elected in Chippenham, James Gray held on to Wiltshire North, Andrew Murrison was re-elected for Wiltshire South West

Latest election roundup: Six seats declared so far

  • Swindon North was the first to declare with Conservative Justin Tomlinson keeping his seat
  • Swindon South was also held by the Tories, with Justice Secretary Robert Buckland re-elected
  • Another Tory hold came in Gloucester for Richard Graham
  • Bath has been held by Liberal Democrat Wera Hobhouse
  • Stroud saw a loss for Labour with David Drew losing his seat to Siobhan Baillie of the Conservatives
  • In the Forest of Dean, Mark Harper held his seat for the Tories

Somerset Muslims call for local Islamic graveyard

Meraz Aziz

Muslims in Somerset say there is a need for a dedicated Islamic graveyard due to increases in the local Muslim population.

Meraz Aziz, from Taunton, said the "Muslim demography is growing" but the closest Muslim cemetery was an hour's drive away in Bristol.

He said they had met Somerset West and Taunton Council and would submit a planning application early next year.

Road closed after car hits pedestrian

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Police are dealing with an incident in St George, Bristol which has led to a road being closed.

Avon and Somerset Police said Church Road was shut between Chalks Road and Sherbourne Street and would be "for some time".

A police spokeswoman said: "Shortly after 9.30pm last night we were called to Church Road, Bristol after a report of a collision between a car and a man in which the vehicle failed to stop.

"The man, aged in his 20s, suffered an arm injury and is currently in hospital receiving treatment.

"As part of our inquiry into the incident we’re investigating a report of a theft from a nearby shop.

"The road is currently closed while specialist officers examine the scene. Enquiries into the incident, including tracing and locating the driver of the vehicle, are ongoing."

First Bus said six of its routes were affected by the closure and shuttle buses were in place to take passengers to stops.

Lesley Lee Design also tweeted this picture from Church Road last night, showing an unmarked lorry blocking the road.It is not known if this is connected with the incident.

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The group is funded by Discovery which runs support services for Somerset County Council.
The group is funded by Discovery which runs support services for Somerset County Council.

Met Office weather warning for South West

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A yellow weather warning for rain has been made across large parts of the South West throughout this morning.

Drivers are being warned they may face spray and reduced visibility due to downpours.

Travel disruption and surface water flooding is possible up until about midday, said the Met Office.

Doctors who saved cardiac arrest man thanked

Mr Savage with the paramedics and two off-duty doctors who saved his life

A man from Bath has been reunited with the off-duty doctors who saved his life when his heart stopped beating.

John Savage, 56, a father of two, went into cardiac arrest while at his sports club on 13 October.

Bristol GP, Mark Byron, realised he had stopped breathing and performed CPR on him with help from Dr Richard Dixon.

"I survived because of the great response and treatment I received," said Mr Savage. "I'm incredibly lucky to be alive."

At a special visit to Bath Ambulance Station he said: "I felt my heart flutter and thought it was going to pass out."

Paramedic Ed Hill said: “As we arrived John had just received his third shock and had begun making a recovery, resulting in him talking to us.

“This was such a fantastic example of early CPR and defibrillation which deserves recognition.

“I can’t describe the emotion of reuniting the patient with his two young daughters after his dad had been clinically dead for five minutes.”

Mr Savage said he is "practically back to normal now".

"I'm not religious, but it's miraculous," he added.

Hospice wants public feedback to review services

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Dorothy House Hospice in Somerset is looking to the public for feedback in a new review of its day-time services.

With the research the team says it hopes to improve services for people with life-limiting illnesses and their carers and families.

Members of the public have until 5 January to register their feedback.

Farm at risk of closure to be taken over by dog rescue centre

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Rushton Dog Rescue Centre in Somerset has announced it is to take over Heaven's Gate farm in Langport.

This follows a previous announcement from the farm that it was at risk of closure.

The National Animal Welfare Trust was unable to afford to keep it open and is selling it to the dog rescue charity.

Heritage railway 'on track to be one of the best'

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Midsomer Norton Heritage Railway

Midsomer Norton Heritage Railway is on track to become one of the best in the country.

Trustees acquired the lease on the site in 1995 and in 2001 set out an ambitious vision to attract 20,000 people a year but fell well short, averaging just 4,000 annual visitors.

They have drawn up plans to secure significant investment they say will be a major boost for the town, but needed endorsement from councillors.

The outline application was met with “vehement” opposition from Westfield residents who feared Midsomer Norton’s gain would be their loss – but councillors approved it with little debate.

Speaking on behalf of Somerset and Dorset Railway Heritage Trust, Joseph Marchant told Bath and North East Somerset Council’s planning committee the site "needs significant investment and a long-term strategy".

Swept away pub bench turns up 35 miles away


Benches that were swept away in a flood from a pub overlooking the River Wye have washed up three weeks later - in Portishead.

Ye Old Ferrie Inn at Symonds Yat lost ten of its benches, but one of them - completely intact - has ended up on the shoreline here, 35 miles downstream.

The pub says it doesn't want it back, so it's been adopted by the locals.

The vehicle became stuck between two buildings after getting lost on narrow lanes.
The vehicle became stuck between two buildings in Croscombe after getting lost in narrow lanes.

Missing stork Daisy set to return home

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A white stork that went missing from a wild birds flight show at a zoo in the Midlands, is heading home after being found in Somerset.

Daisy, who is only a few months old, flew more than 100 miles and ended up being captured safely at Ham Wall near Glastonbury.

She is being looked after by Secret World Wildlife rescue and is due to be transported back to join her siblings at the Wild Zoological Park in Stourbridge later.

Daisy, who was taking part in a bird show at the zoo when she took off, has a tracker but she was too far away from home for it to work.