US News PM pledges further £25 million to help Hurricane Irma relief effort

15:21  13 september  2017
15:21  13 september  2017 Source:   Press Association

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Irma relief effort (Andrew Matthews/PA): The extra money was announced amid criticism of the Government's response to the devastation in the Caribbean (Andrew Matthews/PA) © Provided by The Press Association The extra money was announced amid criticism of the Government's response to the devastation in the Caribbean (Andrew Matthews/PA) Theresa May has promised a further £25 million of Government funding to help the Hurricane Irma relief effort.

The Prime Minister announced the extra money in the Commons amid criticism of the Government’s response to the devastation in the Caribbean.

Mrs May said the new funding was on top of the £32 million already promised to tackle the disaster.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has travelled to the British Overseas Territories in the region to “see the recovery work at first hand and assess what more is needed”, Mrs May said.

“We had a navy ship pre-positioned in the region and humanitarian experts on the ground to coordinate the UK response,” Mrs May said.

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