Wednesday 4 March 2020 / 7:58 AM Environment / Luke Pollard

Labour calls for an independent review of government handling of floods

Labour will today call for “an independent review into the floods” and the Government’s response to them.

MPs will be asked to support the call as they debate the floods’ impact on communities and businesses as part of Labour’s opposition day.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been missing in action, and the devastation across the country follows years of Tory cuts to flood defence spending, the Environment Agency, emergency services and local councils.

The Conservative government is also failing to adequately respond to the climate emergency and the dangers it represents to our towns and cities, especially in coastal areas.

Luke Pollard MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, commenting said:

“Boris Johnson has proved himself to be a part-time Prime Minister who is unwilling to help communities and businesses that have suffered terribly because of the floods.

“There needs to be an independent review into the government’s woefully slow response to help flood-hit communities. We need to know how many homes and businesses have been affected, and what additional funding will be made available to local authorities and emergency services.

“Labour will continue to support communities devastated by the floods and hold the government to account for its inaction.”