The UN's climate change chief has been accused of insulting the people of the Somerset Levels by saying the devastating winter storms that have battered Britain had a 'silver lining'.
Christiana Figueres has been accused of political point scoring after saying the floods had put climate change to the top of the political agenda
Costa Rican Miss Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, said the floods, the snow in America and Canada and the Australian bushfires have forced climate change back on to the political agenda.
"There's no doubt that these events, that I call experiential evidence of climate change, does raise the issue to the highest political levels," she told the Guardian.
"It's unfortunate that we have to have these weather events, but there is a silver lining if you wish, that they remind us [that] solving climate change, addressing climate change in a timely way, is not a partisan issue."
But Somerset MP Ian Liddell-Grainger, said: "It is a complete insult to have this unelected, overpaid UN bureaucrat making glib comments at the expense of my constituents."