TAUNTON Deane MP Jeremy Browne is to become a father for the first time.

Mr Browne announced this week that he and his partner, marketing executive Rachel Binks, are expecting a baby on March 22.

He said: “Like every expectant parent there’s a sense of anticipation and trepidation – it’ll be exciting to have a newborn spring baby and we’re just hoping everything goes well with the final stages of the pregnancy.”

Mr Browne expects to take time off from the House of Commons after the birth, while Miss Binks is giving up work in London to move to Taunton.