David Heath

David Heath


Somerton and Frome


Liberal Democrat

Address as

Mr Heath

Contact details


House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Tel: 020 7219 6245
Fax: 020 7219 5939


17 Bath Street, Frome, BA11 1DN
Tel: 01373 473618
Fax: 01373 455152


Electoral history

Contested Somerton and Frome 1992 general election. Member for Somerton and Frome 1997-2010, for Somerton and Frome (revised boundary) since 6 May 2010 general election

Parliamentary career

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for: Foreign Affairs 1997-99, Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Fisheries 1999-2001, Work and Pensions 2001-02, Science 2001-03, Lord Chancellor's Department/Department for Constitutional Affairs 2002-06, Home Office 2002-05, Science 2004; Shadow Leader of the House 2005-07; Spokesperson for Cabinet Office 2006-07; Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor 2007-08; Shadow Leader of the House of Commons 2009-10; Parliamentary Secretary (Deputy Leader of the House of Commons) 2010-

Party groups

Member: Liberal Party National Executive 1988-89, Liberal Democrats Federal Executive 1990-92, 1993-95; Chair, Liberal Democrat Commission on Privacy 2008-10

Select committees

Member: Foreign Affairs 1997-99, Foreign Affairs 1997-98, Standards and Privileges 2001-05, Science and Technology 2001-03, Modernisation of the House of Commons 2005-06, Court of Referees 2007-10, Justice 2008-10

Councils, public bodies

Somerset County Council: Councillor 1985-97, Council Leader 1985-89; Chair, Avon and Somerset Police Authority 1993-96

International bodies

Member Council of Local Authorities and Regions of Europe 1993-97; Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE): Member 1997-2010, Leader, Liberal Group 2009-10

Political interests

Education, local and regional government, rural affairs, environment, home affairs, constitutional affairs

Countries of interest

Balkans, Europe, France, USA

General Election 2010 - Somerton and Frome

Name Party Votes %
Heath, David Lib Dem 28793 47.45%
Rees-Mogg, Annunziata Con 26976 44.45%
Oakensen, David Lab 2675 4.41%
Harding, Barry UKIP 1932 3.19%
Warry, Timothy Niall Ind 236 0.39%
Result Lib Dem Hold (0.94% from Con to Lib Dem)