More than 100 flood alerts in England as Jeremy Corbyn criticises government response
Parts of the UK already saturated by heavy rainfall and flooding have been warned by forecasters to prepare for more wet weather.
The Environment Agency said there were 106 flood warnings in place for England on Thursday morning, including six severe warnings, indicating a danger to life, in communities near the Welsh border.
Persistent rain has caused the Met Office to raise yellow weather warnings across parts of southern Scotland and Strathclyde, north-west England and Wales as recovery efforts continue following Storm Dennis.
Jeremy Corbyn – who was due to visit south Wales on Thursday to meet residents and volunteers in flood-hit communities – criticised Boris Johnson for not visiting those affected by flooding, adding that he had shown his “true colours” by not convening the government’s emergency committee Cobra.
“Failing to convene Cobra to support flood-hit communities sends a very clear message: if the prime minister is not campaigning for votes in a general election he simply does not care about helping communities affected by flooding, especially communities that have repeatedly been flooded in recent years,” the Labour leader said.