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PM: We need to improve the resilience of Britain

David Cameron speaks in the House of Commons.

David Cameron has said he suspects Britain will experience more extreme weather events in the future as he stated the need to make the country more "resilient".

"I think its clear that we are seeing more extreme weather events and I suspect we will go on seeing more extreme weather events and we need to do everything we can to improve the resilience of our country," the Prime Minister said in the Commons.

Mr Cameron reiterated that "money is no object", insisting that the Government would "spend whatever is necessary" to help families get through the crisis.


Cameron treats Hollande to pub lunch during summit

by Rachel Hepworth

The French President has been in Oxfordshire for a face-to-face summit meeting with the Prime Minister - on the agenda? Talks about Britain's role in Europe, and military cooperation.

The world's media descended on RAF Brize Norton today to witness the arrival of Francois Hollande. It was a day of handshakes and hard talking and lunch at a pub.

Rachel Hepworth reports.

Pledge to win new business to the city of Portsmouth

The Prime Minister has pledged his support to the people of Portsmouth, saying his government will do all it can to win new business for the city

More than 900 BAE workers will lose their jobs when work on the £800 million aircraft carriers move to Scotland.

In an open letter, David Cameron says his Government will do all it can to help win new business.

Prime Minister writes open letter on the end of shipbuilding in Portsmouth

David Cameron has written an open letter to the people of Portsmouth pledginghis support after last year's announcement that shipbuilding will cease in the city. In November, BAE announced more than 1,000 job losses when its current work to build the next generation of aircraft carriers finishes.

In the letter, he said the cost of BAE continuing to build ships in the city was "unaffordable" but his Government would do everything in its power to help win new business for the south coast city.

Prime Minister writes an open letter about end of shipbuilding in Portsmouth Credit: ITV Meridian

David Cameron wrote: "For centuries shipbuilding in Portsmouth has been woven into thehistory of Britain. It is a tradition of which the whole country is rightly proud - and Icompletely understand the intensity of feeling here is stronger still.

I make this pledge to you today: this government will do everything we can to protect the future of the shipyard and the livelihoods of the people who work there. In the months ahead we are going to go all out to make sure that it remains strong, successful, and respected around the world."


Guest list at PM's Buckinghamshire retreat demanded

A list of visitors entertained by the Prime Minister was released by the Government, but it included only those guests who had received official hospitality.

Shadow Cabinet Office minister Michael Dugher wrote to the PM demanding full disclosure of visitors to Chequers and Downing Street.

The list released by Number 10 included senior politicians from both coalition parties, Afghan president Hamid Karzai and Arts Council England chief Sir Peter Bazalgette, the former boss of Big Brother producers Endemol.

But Mr Dugher said there were "glaring omissions" from the list because of the failure to disclose guests paid for by the Tories.

How the floods are affecting the region today


Showcase Winnersh roundabout. V slow and impassable in middle. Cars creeping around edges. GE


David Cameron under pressure on Environment Agency cuts

The Prime Minister was challenged about Environment Agency cuts first on ITV Meridian Credit: Robin Britton

The ITV Meridian region is enduring the worst series of winter storms in more than 20 years, weather experts have said, as the country prepares for even more flooding.

Coastal areas - particularly in southern England - are most at risk as they cope with a combination of unusually high tides and another Atlantic storm today. The PM was questioned about cuts at the Environment Agency on ITV Meridian earlier this week.

When questioned about the Environment Agency's ability to fund flood defences on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Mr Cameron replied: " We're spending £2.3 billion in this four-year period on flood defences which is more than the previous four-year period.

"We have also enabled them to access other sources of money - partnership funding - so I think we're going to see record levels of spending on flood defences and we have guaranteed that right out into 2020 so they can really plan for the future.

Mr Cameron went on: "Huge sympathy to anyone who has had their house flooded. Anyone who has had a house or an office flooded knows it is absolutely dreadful.

"I think the community response has been incredible. I saw for myself how people come together and help and the emergency services have done an absolutely great job.

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