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Environment Agency chairman resigns after deluge of criticism

Phillip Dilley has resigned from his position as Environment Agency chairman, citing “unacceptable” media scrutiny after he was revealed to be on holiday during the UK winter floods.

In a statement on 11 January, Dilley said he felt it was inappropriate that a part-time non-executive role should require him to be available at “short notice throughout the year”, adding this was something he is “unable to deliver”.

He also said that media scrutiny had been intrusive and diverted attention from “the real issue of helping those whose homes and businesses have flooded”.

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