Cameron pledges cash… but not foreign aid funds for flood victims despite 100,000 signing the Mail’s petition calling for money to go to BRITISH flood victims

By Ben Spencer and James Chapman

PUBLISHED: 17:53 EST, 11 February 2014 | UPDATED: 05:05 EST, 12 February 2014

More than 100,000 people have backed the Mail’s call to use foreign aid cash to tackle the flood crisis.

Within hours of its launch, celebrities, MPs, community leaders and victims had added their names to our petition. At the same time a poll found an overwhelming 73 per cent of Britons think overseas aid funds should be diverted.

The survey, carried out by ComRes for ITV, also showed that 44 per cent believe ministers are doing too little to ease the growing crisis.

The Mail’s petition, to be presented to David Cameron, says: ‘I strongly urge you to divert some of the £11billion a year spent on overseas aid to ease the suffering of British flood victims, and to build and maintain flood defences to prevent a repetition of this crisis.’ Despite the powerful evidence of what the public thinks, Mr Cameron yesterday rejected the petition and poll.

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