MORE than two thirds of the people who took part in the referendum on the future of local government in the county voted for the ‘Stronger Somerset’ option.
The proposals, back by all four of the district councils in the county, received nearly 68% of the vote.
A total of 111,000 people voted, with 72,561 backing Stronger Somerset and 38,547 the One Somerset option put forward by the county council.
Ian Liddell-Grainger, MP for Bridgwater and West Somerset, said: “The people were denied a voice by the county council and the Government.
“The district councils gave them back the right to say what they think and their answer is crystal clear.
“The Secretary of State, Robert Jenrick, might have preferred us all to go away and forget this referendum, but we didn’t.
“He cannot afford to ignore us now. Vox populi – vox Dei. The people’s voice is the voice of God!!”