Flood-stricken areas in England call for eased access to relief funds | Environment

Councils in flood-stricken areas have demanded ministers urgently ease their access to emergency recovery funds as more than 100 flood warnings remained in place across England in the wake of Storm Dennis. Local leaders in Worcestershire, where the River Severn burst its banks and flooded homes, said the system that funds urgent recovery efforts is … Read more

Priti Patel urged by No 10 to defuse public row with senior civil servant | Politics

Priti Patel, the home secretary, has been warned by No 10 to cool down the row with her permanent secretary, Philip Rutnam, after a bitter briefing war between allies of the pair about their deteriorating relationship. The prime minister’s official spokesman said Boris Johnson had “full confidence” in the home secretary and in the civil … Read more

Met closes furniture-theft case against former Commons photographer | Politics

A former official House of Commons photographer who captured “renaissance style” photos of Theresa May and John Bercow during the Brexit drama of last year has been told he will not be investigated further after parliamentary authorities suspected him of taking historic furniture, lampshades and candlesticks from parliament. Mark Duffy said he was “absolutely relieved” … Read more

Labour can win in 2024 with my plan to tackle the climate emergency | Rebecca Long-Bailey | Opinion

Where is Boris Johnson? As flooding devastates large parts of the north, the Midlands and Wales, the prime minister’s strategy is to hide from public scrutiny and hope the whole thing blows over. It’s now 11 days and counting since his last public appearance. This is a huge miscalculation. Because for all of Dominic Cummings’ … Read more