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Prime Minister David Cameron defends £3m flood funds package

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The Prime Minister has rejected claims that a package of support announced today for Cumbria is "totally inadequate."

Speaking on a visit to Grasmere he said the £2m for infrastructure repairs and £1m for a tourism campaign to promote the county were only part of what the government's was doing to help Cumbria.

The leader of Cumbria County Council, Stewart Young, had earlier said the amount was "totally inadequate."

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David Cameron visited Grasmere Primary School first to speak to pupils who had written to him about the problems caused by the closure of the A591 road because of flood damage.

He then went to Allan Bank in Grasmere, the former home of the poet William Wordsworth, which is now owned by the National Trust. There he met business people, many of whom have lost trade because fewer people are visiting the Lake District. While welcoming the money to help tourism they also told him of the need to act quickly to repair roads and bridges.

Mr. Cameron said they were trying to get the A591 road open as quickly as possible.

He also said he didn't expect council tax payers in Cumbria to have to pay more to help pay for all the repairs across the county.

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