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Prime Minister ' very sorry' for flood suffering

David Cameron has said he is "very sorry about any way people have suffered" during the floods, as he reiterated the Government's stance that money is no object in the relief effort.

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Environment Agency being 'used as a political football'

The embattled chairman of the Environment Agency, Lord Smith, has claimed that the agency is being "used as a political football for a good media story" in the recent flooding.

He was responding to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles' comments in an interview in which he suggested the government had "relied too much on the Environment Agency's advice".

Writing in the Guardian, Lord Smith says it is "government rules – laid down by successive governments, Labour and Tory – that are at the heart of the problem".

Using the Somerset Levels as an example, he says that government rules prevent his agency assigning more than £400,000 to the area.

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