Environment secretary, Owen Paterson
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Power companies 'did not perform' during storms

Some power companies "let their customers down badly" over Christmas, the environment secretary has said.

Owen Paterson's comments came as the Energy Networks Association said all of the houses that lost power during the Christmas storms had been reconnected.

At the height of the storms, on Christmas Eve, more than 150,000 properties were cut off, with south-east England worst-hit.

Meanwhile, the Met Office has warned of more gales and heavy rain on Monday.

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