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Pickles: 'Might have been a problem' over floods response

The Communities and Local Government Secretary has appeared to suggest the Government and authorities may have been slow to react to the problem of the flooding. Ministers have announced an extra £30m for emergency repairs - £130m in total.

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Owen Paterson to miss Cobra meeting for eye surgery

Owen Paterson has suffered a detached retina. Credit: PA Wire

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson will not chair Whitehall's Cobra emergency committee or make a statement to the House of Commons tomorrow due to surgery to repair a detached retina, a spokeswoman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said.

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