Defence secretary says Britain’s efforts to help its Caribbean territories have been as good as any other country’s

Michael Fallon has defended the British response to Hurricane Irma against criticism that it has been less effective than that of other countries with territories in the Caribbean such as France and the Netherlands.

Responding to sharp attacks on the government’s handling of the crisis, the defence secretary said on BBC1’s The Andrew Marr Show that the UK response, for which he is responsible, had been “as good as [that of] anyone else”. He also claimed that France had asked the UK for assistance.

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