Friday 2 August 2019 / 8:10 AM Flooding

Whaley Bridge dam collapse – Shadow Minister for Flooding Luke Pollard responds

Commenting on extreme temperature rises and the Whaley Bridge dam collapse, Shadow Minister for Flooding, Luke Pollard said:

“The collapse of the Whaley Bridge dam is unprecedented and must act as a wake-up call to the government on the urgency of preparing for the inevitable impacts of climate change.

“This month we are facing the hottest month on record and unprecedented flooding – unequivocal results of global warming. Over the past decade, severe weather events have cost on average £1.5 billion per year, yet the Conservatives are not only failing to tackle the causes of climate change, they’re also failing to invest in urgent adaptations for our critical infrastructure.

“Parliament backed Labour’s motion declaring a climate emergency. Labour believes this should mean greater investment in fighting climate change and its consequences, but that is not what we are getting from Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party. We now need Government to match Labour’s plan for investing in green jobs and decarbonising our economy with a Green Industrial Revolution.”