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UK weather: Flooding evacuations under way as Rivers Severn and Aire breach banks

Boris Johnson is "very much in control" of the Government's response to the floods, a senior minister has said.

Mr Johnson was accused yesterday by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn of being a "part time Prime Minister" after failing to visit areas hit by the floods.

However the Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said such visits were often a "distraction" which took away valuable resources from the emergency services.

"He is very much in control of events. Over 100 of my constituents were flooded two weeks ago. What they are very concerned to see is action. They want to see more funding for flood defences," he told Sky News today.

"They are pleased that the Government has activated quite a substantial package of financial support.

"Those are the really meaningful things which personally I think are more important than the distraction of the Prime Minister turning up in an emergency situation."