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The Prime Minister has been defending his Government's response to the flooding crisis sweeping the region. During PMQs at the House of Commons he has been questioned about the Environment Agency, and the looming cuts to its staffing levels.

David Cameron has also reiterated his pledge on money being no object when dealing with problem. He said he did not want homeowners to worry.

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Mark Thatcher: Support will help us in days ahead

Mark Thatcher said he and his family had been "overwhelmed" by the response to his mother's death.

Mark Thatcher has expressed thanks for the "warm" messages of support received in the wake of his mother's death.

He said: "These messages often convey personal stories and vignettes of part of the journey of my mother’s life and we are all enormously grateful for the warmth that these messages of convey and they will be a source of encouragement and strength as we face the inevitable days ahead.

"And for that I am most grateful."

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Mark Thatcher: It is without doubt a very sad moment

Mark Thatcher has paid tribute to his mother and expressed thanks for the messages of support.

My mother was blessed with a long life and a very full one.

However the inevitability or the inevitable conclusion may appear of the recent illness that she suffered, it is no easier for us to bear in what is without doubt a very sad moment.

We have quite simply been overwhelmed by messages of support, condolence of every type from far and wide and I know that my mother would be pleased they have come from people of all walks of life.

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Mark Thatcher 'proud' Queen attending funeral

Mark Thatcher says his mother would be "humbled" by the presence of The Queen at her funeral.

He added: "I would like to say how enormously proud and equally grateful we are that Her Majesty has agreed to attend the ceremony next week in St Paul’s and I know my mother would be greatly honoured as well as humbled by her presence."

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