Starmer 'astonished' that PM hasn't visited flood-hit areas

Sir Keir Starmer says he is "astonished" that the prime minister has not visited the flood-hit regions of the UK.

The Labour leadership candidate said that Boris Johnson's decision not to hold Cobra meetings over the recent floods showed a "shocking absence of duty by the prime minister."

Starmer's latest comments echo the tweets made last week, where he wrote: "The recent flooding is a stark reminder that the Government is not doing enough to get to grips with the climate crisis.

"Ministers should be taking a lead on this situation, not ducking their responsibilities."

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Lisa Nandy at the Labour leadership hustings on the stage at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Sir Keir Starmer (R) smiles towards Lisa Nandy (C) and Rebecca Long-Bailey at the Labour leadership hustings on the stage at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy and Sir Keir Starmer after the Labour leadership hustings.
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Rebecca Long-Bailey at the Labour leadership hustings on the stage at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 02: Angela Rayner speaks at the Labour Leadership Hustings at Cardiff City Hall on February 2, 2020 in Cardiff, Wales. Angela Rayner, MP for Ashton-under-Lyne, is standing as a candidate in the Labour Party deputy leadership election. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)
Labour party candidate Dr Rosena Allin-Khan during the Labour leadership hustings at the SEC centre, Glasgow. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
Dawn Butler during the Labour leadership hustings at the SEC centre, Glasgow. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Rebecca Long-Bailey (L), Lisa Nandy (C) and Sir Keir Starmer (R) speaking at the Labour leadership hustings on the stage at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 01: Labour MP, Angela Rayner, after taking part in the party deputy leadership hustings at Ashton Gate Stadium on February 01, 2020 in Bristol, England. Five candidates are vying to become the new Labour deputy leader following the departure of Tom Watson who stood down in November last year. (Photo by Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 01: Labour MPs, (L-R) Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, Dawn Butler, Angela Rayner, Richard Burgon and Ian Murray take part in the party deputy leadership hustings at Ashton Gate Stadium on February 01, 2020 in Bristol, England. Five candidates are vying to become the new Labour deputy leader following the departure of Tom Watson who stood down in November last year. (Photo by Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Sir Keir Starmer speaking at the Labour leadership hustings on the stage at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Richard Leonard, leader of the Scottish Labour Party opening remarks at the Labour leadership hustings on the stage at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Lisa Nandy and Sir Keir Starmer (R) speaking at the Labour leadership hustings on the stage at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Sir Keir Starmer speaking at the Labour leadership hustings on the stage at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Sir Keir Starmer (R) gestures towards towards Lisa Nandy at the Labour leadership hustings on the stage at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Sir Keir Starmer (R) smiles towards Lisa Nandy (C) and Rebecca Long-Bailey at the Labour leadership hustings on the stage at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Lisa Nandy at the Labour leadership hustings on the stage at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 02: British Labour deputy leadership candidates Rosena Allin-Khan, Richard Burgon, Dawn Butler, Ian Murray and Angela Rayner (L to R) at the Labour Deputy Leadership Hustings at Cardiff City Hall on February 2, 2020 in Cardiff, Wales. The new deputy leader will be announced on April 4. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Lisa Nandy and Sir Keir Starmer share a joke onstage at the Labour leadership hustings at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 01: Labour MPs, (L-R) Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, Dawn Butler and Angela Rayner take part in the party deputy leadership hustings at Ashton Gate Stadium on February 01, 2020 in Bristol, England. Five candidates are vying to become the new Labour deputy leader following the departure of Tom Watson who stood down in November last year. (Photo by Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Lisa Nandy and Sir Keir Starmer share a joke onstage at the Labour leadership hustings at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Sir Keir Starmer (R) smiles on stage at the Labour leadership hustings at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Sir Keir Starmer speaking at the Labour leadership hustings on the stage at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
Labour leadership candidate Lisa Nandy during the Labour leadership hustings at the SEC centre, Glasgow. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
(left to right) Labour leadership candidates Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy and Sir Keir Starmer after the Labour leadership hustings at the SEC centre, Glasgow. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
(left to right) Labour leadership candidates Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy and Sir Keir Starmer after the Labour leadership hustings at the SEC centre, Glasgow. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
Labour leadership candidate Sir Keir Starmer has a selfie taken with a party delegate after the Labour leadership hustings at the SEC centre, Glasgow. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
(left to right) Labour leadership candidates Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy and Sir Keir Starmer after the Labour leadership hustings at the SEC centre, Glasgow. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: (L-R) Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy and Sir Keir Starmer stand together after speaking at the Labour leadership hustings on the stage at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
Labour leadership candidate Sir Keir Starmer spaeking during the Labour leadership hustings at the SEC centre, Glasgow. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
Labour leadership candidate Sir Keir Starmer (right), alongside Lisa Nandy (centre) and Rebecca Long-Bailey (left), speaking during the Labour leadership hustings at the SEC Centre, Glasgow. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
Labour leadership candidate Lisa Nandy speaking during the Labour leadership hustings at the SEC centre, Glasgow. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
Labour leadership candidates Rebecca Long-Bailey (left), and Lisa Nandy, speaking during the Labour leadership hustings at the SEC centre, Glasgow. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Lisa Nandy looks towards Sir Keir Starmer during the Labour leadership hustings on the stage at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Lisa Nandy speaking at the Labour leadership hustings on the stage at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Lisa Nandy speaking at the Labour leadership hustings on the stage at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Sir Keir Starmer speaking at the Labour leadership hustings on the stage at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
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