Boris Johnson news – live: PM’s response to floods branded a ‘shambles’, as row over Priti Patel bullying claims escalates

Adam Forrest, Ashley Cowburn, Vincent Wood

Priti Patel is facing allegations she bullied officials at the Home Office. The home secretary is reported to have clashed with the department’s top civil servant and is accused of belittling officials, making unreasonable demands and creating an “atmosphere of fear”.

It comes as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn attacked Boris Johnson for failing to visit flood-hit communities in England and Wales – claiming the prime minister has been “nowhere-to-be-seen”. The Fire Brigades Union branded the PM’s response “a shambles”.

Meanwhile Mr Johnson’s senior adviser Dominic Cummings has been criticised for his “ludicrous” views on IQ, genetic selection and so-called “designer babies” – unearthed from a blogpost entitled: ‘Standin’ by the window, where the light is strong’.