Mary Goodchild


Location icon United Kingdom

NQJ-qualified senior reporter with three years' experience on respected regional weekly newspaper and website. Contact [email protected]



Election 2015

Western Gazette
David Laws: 'A tidal wave was against us'

FORMER Yeovil MP David Laws has put his shock defeat down to a "political tidal wave" against the Lib Dems. On Tuesday he said: "Obviously I am disappointed not to have been returned as MP. It is a fantastic job and I have hugely enjoyed doing it, but the thing with democracy is you have to accept the vote.

Western Gazette
Former Yeovil MP Lord Paddy Ashdown says town has lost

FORMER Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown sounded deflated this morning as he reflected on the events in his home constituency of Yeovil. Lord Ashdown, who represented the seat between 1983 and 2001, said his "beloved" Yeovil has lost an outstanding member of parliament in Liberal Democrat David Laws.

Local Issues

Western Gazette
Fears for future after 97 jobs axed at firm

NEWS that a quarter of the workforce at a Yeovil aerospace firm will be slashed has sparked fear for the future of an industry which has historic- ally offered job security to thousands of south Somerset workers.


Western Gazette
Mum of 26-year-old man accused of attacking ambulance workers and police officers in Yeovil says...

THE mum of a 26-year-old man accused of attacking three ambulance staff and three police officers in Yeovil and Somerton this morning said she "pleaded" for someone to help her son who is suffering from severe mental health problems. The desperate mother said her son "is not a monster" and is in serious need of mental health help, after he was arrested today on suspicion of assaulting ambulance staff at Reckleford, opposite Yeovil District Hospital, and a police officer at a Somerton home.


Western Gazette
Andy Parson is tearing himself apart for comedy's sake at the Octagon Theatre

BEST known for his regular slot on BBC Two's ever-popular Mock the Week, Andy Parsons in person is more 'funny dad' than acerbic satirist. He's a charmingly self-effacing man, whose humour feels of the warm-hearted kind rather than poking fun - perhaps a surprise given his role on the show as chief shot-taker at the failings of the rich and powerful.

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