The prime minister Boris Johnson visited the flood-hit town of Matlock in Derbyshire yesterday near to where a woman’s body was pulled out of a flooded river.
Johnson said flooding in parts of the UK does not though amount to a “national emergency” as he was photographed mopping up a Specsavers store.
On his tour visiting many flooded areas he thanked members of the emergency services and said the government had allocated £2.6bn for a “huge programme of flood defences and flood preparation”
The Prime minister said with mop in hand “you’ve got to face the reality that places like this are vulnerable to flooding – we’re going to see more of it.”
The situation “is not looking like something we need to escalate to the level of a national emergency”
On the other hand Jeremy Corbyn called for an inquiry into the floods.
Flood warnings remain in place, indicating a “danger to life” – all of them on the River Don in South Yorkshire.