Jeremy Paxman and Lord Smith, Chair, Environment Agency
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Floods: Paxman asks Lord Smith if he will resign

There has been an escalating political row over how ready the UK was for the floods.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles chaired a meeting of the government's Cobra emergency committee on Monday, afterwards promising to "work tirelessly" to relieve the situation.

Shadow environment secretary Maria Eagle said Mr Pickles was treating the Environment Agency as a "convenient scapegoat" but Mr Pickles responded by accusing the opposition of stirring up dissent.

Newsnight's Jeremy Paxman asked Lord Smith, chairman of the Environment Agency, if it was time to resign.

  • 10 Feb 2014
  • From the section UK
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