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Eric Pickles: 'We should have dredged'

9 February 2014 Last updated at 10:35 GMT

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles says the government "made a mistake" and should have dredged the flood-hit Somerset Levels.

Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show, he apologised "unreservedly" to those affected by the flooding.

But he refused to "nudge" Lord Smith of Finsbury out of his position as head of the Environment Agency.

You can watch The Andrew Marr Show in full on the BBC iPlayer.