George Eustice, the new Environment Secretary promoted in last week’s reshuffle, warned on a visit to York on Sunday that the Government ‘can’t protect everyone’. However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been criticised for failing to call a meeting of the emergency COBRA committee, given that 1,000 people have been evacuated from their homes.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s The Westminster Hour last night, Shadow Culture Secretary Tracy Brabin said: ‘If this was in Surrey or the south, we would have had swifter action. Why hasn’t the Government called COBRA?’ This comes as the Government announced that it will spend £1.2 billion on a new super-computer for the Met Office, to forecast extreme weather.
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