Defra has reassured cheesemakers David Heath will be able to look after cheese-related matters after concerns were raised about a potential constituency conflict.

Last year, Defra announced the Lib Dem farming minister would not handle any issues related to cider because his Somerset constituency was home to a lot of cidermakers, with fisheries minister Richard Benyon taking over the cider beat instead.

As Somerset is also home to a lot of cheesemakers, the decision sparked concerns Heath might also have to pass his cheese remit on to Defra colleagues as well. But Defra insisted there was no constituency conflict on cheese as it was made across the country.