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UK pledges extra £25m in hurricane aid

By Scott D'Arcy

The UK relief effort to help Caribbean communities devastated by Hurricane Irma has been given extra funding as Theresa May defended her Government against accusations it reacted too slowly.

The Prime Minister pledged an extra £25m, on top of the £32m already promised, to aid the attempts to rebuild the storm-ravaged British overseas territories.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson travelled to the region to see the impact of the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean and said the money was needed "massively".

But he denied the UK had been slow to react, as did Mrs May, who said: "The UK response was a speedy one."

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn urged the Prime Minister to "look carefully" at the aid effort, while current and former officials from one of the affected islands, Anguilla, criticised the level of support they had received in the wake of the hurricane.

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