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Ed Miliband to call for faster flooding insurance claims

Insurance bosses will meet ministers to discuss their response to the flood crisis. Victims have received £14m in emergency payments so far. Ed Miliband will call for faster processing of insurance claims when he too meets industry representatives.

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South West expecting 80mph winds and more rain

Forecasters are warning that some of the strongest winds of the winter could hit today, with gusts of up to 100mph on exposed parts of the Welsh coast.

The storm could fell trees and cause transport and power disruption, with winds in the South West potentially reaching 80mph.

Yet more rain is on the way. The Met Office forecasts 15-40mm (0.6-1.5 ins) within across many southern and western areas, with as much as 70mm (2.75 ins) by Friday in the already sodden West Country, south Wales, western Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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