David Cameron overrules Environment Secretary Owen Paterson to order urgent dredging in Somerset to c

Independent: David Cameron has seized control of the flooding debacle, ordering the Environment Agency to abandon its opposition to river dredging as he pledged to spend an extra £100 million on flood defences this year. In a bid to reassure voters that he would get the flooding under control, Mr Cameron sidelined his Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, replacing him at the helm of the Government’s emergency flood committee. He also strongly criticised the Environment Agency’s response to the disaster. ......

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