'Power restored' in North East

Northern Powergrid engineers have now restored power to all storm hit customers in the North East of England where access to their properties has been possible, said the company.

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Music festival axed over weather

Echo And The Bunnymen perform on the Word Arena Stage at The Lattitude Festival in Suffolk.
Echo And The Bunnymen perform on the Word Arena Stage at The Lattitude Festival in Suffolk. Credit: PA

A musical festival expected to attract more than 100,000 revellers over the weekend has been cancelled because of the weather. Heavy rains forced the cancellation of the Godiva Festival in Coventry's War Memorial Park - the UK's biggest free three-day event, according to its organisers.

The festival was due to start on Friday but a brief statement on its website said: "We're really sorry but finally beaten by devastating weather. Torch Relay event is still on. More details to come."

Echo And The Bunnymen had been due to headline the main stage on Friday and Cast on Saturday.

Last year more than 120,000 revellers went to the festival. This year would have been its 15th year in Coventry.

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Labour: People should not be left 'financially stricken' after floods

People in the North East and other areas will be counting the cost after these horrendous floods.

Ministers...have to ask questions to answer what assistance councils and people will get to help them rebuild their homes and businesses.

In Parliament...I asked ministers if they would help councils with the clean-up costs...

The Prime Minister was asked again...and said he would ask the Local Government Secretary.

That looks dangerously complacent - they've had a week to think about this. It's time to get a grip and sort it out so people are not left financially stricken.

– Shadow environment secretary Mary Creagh

Labour: Funding call for flood clean-up

Shadow Environment Secretary Mary Creagh.
Shadow Environment Secretary Mary Creagh. Credit: PA

The Government has been urged to ensure flood-hit communities receive funding to help with clean-up costs.

Labour demanded ministers confirm that councils will get financial aid to help them cope with the aftermath of flash flooding that hit parts of the Midlands and northern England after storms.

The flooding, which caused travel chaos, came after over 1,000 homes and businesses were flooded last weekend following heavy rain across the North. When much of the country was flooded in 2007, and when Cumbria suffered floods in 2009, the Government helped local authorities facing clear up costs.

Shadow environment secretary Mary Creagh called for ministers to say if they would activate the support scheme, which provides up to 85 per cent of clean-up costs from central Government if councils have to spend more than a certain proportion of their budget on dealing with a disaster.

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