Hurricane Irma: Boris Johnson sees impact on Caribbean

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Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has defended the UK’s response to communities hit by Hurricane Irma, as he arrived in the Caribbean.

The UK responded “extremely fast”, he said, as he travelled to the British overseas territory of Anguilla.

Mr Johnson said the UK would be there for Anguilla for “the long term” after the island’s “hellish experience”.

His trip follows criticism from Caribbean residents and senior MPs that the UK’s response was too slow.

Mr Johnson will visit Anguilla’s worst hit areas, before heading to the neighbouring British Virgin Islands.

It comes as Prime Minister Theresa May announced an extra £25m of funding to help with the recovery effort.

Anguillan chief minister, Victor Banks, said the visit by Mr Johnson “sends a very positive signal to Anguillians that the British are serious about their response to this very severe…

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