Frome MP David Heath loses post in cabinet reshuffle
Frome's MP David Heath has lost his post in a cabinet reshuffle.
Mr Heath, who was the minister for the Department for Environment, Farming and Rurual Affairs(Defra), was one of two Lib Dems who lost their roles and were told their fate on Monday.
Defra Junior Minister Richard Benyon lost his job as well.
Mr Heath held the ministerial position for 13 months.
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He was told the reason for the change was so that as many of his colleagues as possible could contribute their skills to ministerial office during this parliament.
In his column this week, Mr Heath said he had no regrets about his time in government and was 'hugely grateful for the opportunity to contribute'.
In a touching letter to Mr Heath, LibDem leader and deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, paid tribute to his dedication and commitment in his two cabinet roles, the other being deputy leader of the house, prior to his DEFRA post.
Mr Clegg said: "You have managed the challenges of both positions with your customary thoughtfulness and commitment.
"As Deputy Leader of the House you changed fundamentally the way that the House of Commons does its work, making it more able to be relevant to public concerns.
"I am very aware of the pressures on you within DEFRA over the last year, and I am particularly grateful to you for the clarity and objectivity you have brought to issues of animal and plant disease, your defence of environmental issues, your commitment to agriculture and rural areas, and the development of new and exciting policies to protect and enhance our forests.
"All of these will have made a real difference to the sort of area you represent and to the country as a whole.
"I am immensely grateful for your dedication and commitment over the past few years."