The planned merger of two Somerset councils is under threat.
One local MP, Ian Liddell-Grainger, has defied his party and stopped voting with the government over its backing for the deal between Taunton Deane and West Somerset.
But there are also new doubts amongst some councillors.
Here's our political editor Paul Barltrop on a debate, tomorrow, that could de-rail plans:
MP defies whip in council merger protest
A Conservative MP has refused to support the government in two key Commons votes in a protest against a proposed council merger in his constituency.
Ian Liddell-Grainger is opposed to plans to merge West Somerset and Taunton Dean councils, despite them being given provisional government approval.
The Bridgwater & West Somerset MP first defied the whip last week by abstaining from a vote on the EU Withdrawal Bill.
Last night he refused to vote again - this time on the Finance Bill.
The leaders of both councils are in favour of the merger although tomorrow West Somerset councillors will be asked to reconsider their support in a motion being presented to full council by Conservative MP Rosemary Woods.
Somerset MP's threat to government over council merger
A Somerset Conservative MP is threatening to withdraw his support for the government in a protest over a proposed council merger.
Ian Liddell-Grainger abstained in several crucial votes on Monday on the EU Withdrawal Bill, despite there being a three-line whip.
He's vehemently opposed to plans to merge West Somerset and Taunton Deane councils, which last week got provisional approval from the government.
It's understood he's writing to the Prime Minister warning his protest will continue unless the merger is prevented.
West Somerset has been identified as giving the young the worst prospects, out of 324 authority areas in Great Britain.
The Forest of Dean also fares badly in the State of the Nation annual study.
Stroud comes out as the best area in the region for improving prospects.
West Somerset improvement chances are slim, says report
Somerset has been named as the worst place in the UK for disadvantaged children
to progress, in a new government report.The Forest of Dean is also in the 25 poorest-performing authorities for improvement prospects.
The State of the
Nation study analyses social mobility in Great Britain: the experts use 16 indicators for "every major life stage" and measure them across all local authorities.
Rural and coastal
areas have now replaced inner cities as having the poorest social mobility.
It means that someone from a poor social background in West Somerset and the Forest of Dean will find it extremely difficult to improve their economic chances.
The Cotswolds - despite being a generally affluent area - is "amongst the worst for offering good education, employment opportunities and affordable housing to their most disadvantaged residents."
The analysis in this report substantiates the sense of political alienation and social resentment that so many parts of Britain feel... Overcoming the divisions that exist in Britain requires far more ambition and far bigger scale. A less divided Britain will require a more redistributive approach to spreading education, employment and housing prospects across our country.”