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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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Soldiers drafted in to keep M50 open

Fifty troops were drafted in to help keep stretches of the M50 open in Hertfordshire after a deluge of rain fell in overnight storms.

The soldiers helped to shore up the motorway embankment and laid 1,250 sandbags to help protect the motorway from flooding.

About 300 troops from the 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment have been in Herefordshire and Worcestershire since Thursday after rivers burst their banks.

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