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Press Cycle 9 - The Floods  

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Nathan
(@nathan)
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07/03/2019 11:14 pm  

"With the government paralysed and hundreds of people homeless due to flooding, what needs to happen going forwards? What needs to be done?"

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Alex Cardigan
(@alexcardigan)
MP for Montgomeryshire
Joined: 7 months ago
Posts: 78
08/03/2019 7:08 am  

The government needs to find a solution ASAP. My suggestion is to privately contract a series of local and national agencies that have the competency to deal with this. We might even save money going forward if we find effective and efficient flood defence providers. 

Alex Cardigan
MP for Montgomeryshire
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Anita Redmond
(@anita-redmond)
MP for North Somerset
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Posts: 58
08/03/2019 9:30 am  

Proactive movement to prevent this happening again is essential - reactionary moves are too little, too late. There is a desperate need to ensure that dredging is carried out extensively, especially since there are new and innovative methods to remove silt build up in rivers without adversely affecting the ecosystem, and in an affordable manner. We must work with the local authorities and environment agency to ensure a lasting solution.

Rt. Hon. Anita Redmond MP
Conservative Member of Parliament for North Somerset
Shadow Education Secretary
Shadow Minister for Women & Equalities

Former Home Secretary (2014)
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Macmillan
(@dylan-macmillan)
MP for North East Bedfordshire
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08/03/2019 12:08 pm  

The flooding that we have seen is a tragedy of real human proportions, I will do whatever I can as Prime Minister to help alleviate the situation and my Government stands ready to do the same. I will be meeting with representatives of the local governments to build an action plan going forward but in the meantime the armed forces shall be sent to aid in any way they can.

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Flooding is unacceptable in this day and age, people deserve to have the security to know that their homes will be protected in the event of flooding. While the Labour Party were happy to build on flood plains because it wouldn't be their problem this Government will work hard to ensure that we do not build on land which is prone to flooding, and where it is unavoidable we will ensure that contractors take proactive anti-flood measures such as the creation of balancing lakes. The Conservative Party is committed to long term and sustainable development rather than the "that'll do" attitude of the past.

Conservative MP for North East Bedfordshire
Leader of the Opposition (2014-16)

Prime Minister (2014)

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William Croft
(@william-croft)
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08/03/2019 2:55 pm  

I'm sure I speak for the entire country when I say my deepest sympathies go out to the people effected by the devastating floods in Somerset and Sedgemoor. This is a national disaster, and hundreds of thousands of our fellow Britons need our help. 

Those impacted deserve a government that can answer that call for help, and can begin putting into place the long term environmental solutions needed to ensure this never happens again. During the leadership campaign, I made it clear that I believe calling a general election would be the right thing to do for the country. As a result of these floods, however, what is needed to advance the national interest has radically changed. What Britain needs now is a strong, stable, and reliable government that will be able to effectively respond to this crisis. A government that is unencumbered in its ability to provide full and complete aid and assistance to the thousands of families harmed by the flooding. 

Our country is in the midst of a major crisis, and thousands of British people have placed into jeopardy. There is no time for parliamentary games, or for the distractions that come with a general election. My express hope is that the Conservative Party will be able to form a government within the existing Parliament, and do so quickly. The British people deserve a government they can count on, and that must be priority number one. 

William Croft
Member of Parliament for Bracknell
Shadow Foreign Secretary
Chairman of the Conservative Party
Chief Whip of the Conservative party


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Wilder
(@wilder)
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08/03/2019 3:25 pm  

This is a tragedy that hits very close to home. Our thoughts and prayers must go out to all of those who are suffering in Somerset from these terrible floods.

It is terrible timing that this flooding has happened the exact moment of Parliamentary paralysis- however, Mother Nature does not act around the convenience of politicians here in Westminster. As the people demand, it is up to us to rise up and meet the challenge presented to us. This event has undeniably changed the political calculus. It is of utter importance that we not only sit so that we can act decisively to resolve this crisis, but it is important that a strong and reliable Government can be formed, one that has the confident support of the House of Commons. A successful Government formation will enable the House to take the necessary steps not only to respond to what is happening now, but to follow this Prime Minister’s vision of averting a future crisis caused by flooding by avoiding building on land that is prone to flooding.

Nathan Wilder
Conservative Member of Parliament for Portsmouth North
Secretary of State for Public Services

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Macmillan
(@dylan-macmillan)
MP for North East Bedfordshire
Joined: 7 months ago
Posts: 560
08/03/2019 4:31 pm  

I welcome the Leader of the Opposition's decision to withdraw her Motion of No Confidence whilst the Government manages the issues raised by the terrible flooding. It is heartening to see that despite our political differences we are capable of coming together to address this issue.

Conservative MP for North East Bedfordshire
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Arthur Walker
(@chainsbroken)
MP for Rotherham
Joined: 7 months ago
Posts: 23
09/03/2019 12:14 am  

I applaud Ari Suchet's demonstration of leadership and commitment to place the welfare of those suffering first, before anything else, as it should be. We must provide support and aid - both material and emotional - to those impacted by this disaster, and I hope to see the Government announce a comprehensive plan to do so as soon as possible. Natural disasters occur - they're a fact of life - but the scale of devastation that we have seen is unacceptable. We must present a long term vision modernise our infrastructure across the UK and particularly in flood-prone regions  and improve response times so that people don't have to suffer like this again, due to a storm. The need to revamp infrastructure is particularly imperative as climate change makes extreme weather events less predictable and potentially stronger. 

Arthur Walker
Labour MP For Rotherham (2014-Present)


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Macmillan
(@dylan-macmillan)
MP for North East Bedfordshire
Joined: 7 months ago
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09/03/2019 11:35 am  

This morning I met with council leaders affected by the flooding, the meeting was quick and productive leading to a swift resolution that we can all be happy with. I am pleased to announce today that in the next Conservative Budget we are unveiling £500mn for flood defence and prevention and a further £100mn in relief and repair funding to be spread over the next 20 years as requested by local councils. The Conservative Party have always been about long term economic planning, extra investment in prevention now will help us reduce the risks faced by people living in high risk danger zones now and into the future.

Conservative MP for North East Bedfordshire
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Prime Minister (2014)

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Bertie
(@tonybcwilson)
Anthony B.C. Wilson MP
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10/03/2019 3:50 pm  

There are two areas in which we must now look at. The first is our weather patterns; Climate Change is driving forth these extreme events and causing untold damage to families and homes. Defences are, of course, a necessary part and that is why I welcome the new funding allocated by the Prime Minister should it appear. However, by tackling the causes of these extreme weather patterns as well we can reduce the likelihood and turn the tide against climate change.  I would advise the next DEFRA Minister to collaborate with agencies to improve the green credentials of this country. We need to work together globally to solve issues locally.

Anthony Bertram Charles Wilson, MP for Darlington.
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Joseph Allen
(@joseph-allen)
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11/03/2019 8:25 pm  

I welcome the belated action by the government lets hope for the sake of the communities affected that support will not be fleeting and the long term support they need is available. Flooding is a major problem for the whole UK with aging infrastructure and climate change we all have to work together at Westminister, the regions and local government to ensure the needed action is taken. Mass building of vulnerable homes on flood plains cannot continue. The British taxpayer cannot be expected to privatise the profit and socialise the risk as developers go laughing to the bank as they continue to build poorly designed houses in flood prone areas.

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Sir Geoffrey Birch
(@sir-geoffrey)
MP for Bexhill & Battle
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11/03/2019 11:24 pm  

Everyone's thoughts must of course be with those people affected by these terrible floods. I am pleased for the way the Government has acted quickly and decisively to bring aid to those in need. The Government has worked with local decision-makers to identify what they need, and to deliver the funds they require. Funds to deal with the immediate emergency, funds for recovery and repair, and funds for defence against future flooding. As the climate continues to change and extreme weather events like this become more frequent, the Government will continue to take global action on climate change and local action to both prepare and react.

Sir Geoffrey Birch | Conservative Party
MP for Bexhill & Battle (2001-present)
Former MP for Northampton South (1983-1997)
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Kandler
(@juliet-manning)
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11/03/2019 11:33 pm  

The Shadow Home Secretary visited Moorland, met with local authority leaders and personnel of the emergency services, before giving a statement to the press whilst looking rather dishevelled in an over-large raincoat and a pair of wellington boots.

“What’s happened here in Moorland and across Somerset, and indeed the wider south-west of England, is a human tragedy on a scale that is becoming all-too common in our country. The water sinks away again and the silt is swept from the streets; but what remains is the very real and lasting damage to homes, businesses, local public services and the wider community. I welcome the government’s announcement of emergency support for affected communities, but I must say that I feel it is too little too late: the Environment Agency has had its budget slashed since 2010 and is losing 25% of its staff, including frontline personnel. 

We asked the government, which has still yet to appoint an Environment Secretary, to establish a Committee of the Privy Council to manage the emergency response to flooding across Somerset and Sedgemoor. The Prime Minister declined to act, choosing instead to focus his energies on renewed coalition talks with the Liberal Democrats. We, as Her Majesty’s Opposition, wanted to work hand in hand with Number 10 and the nexus of government departments with emergency response roles to ensure that people on the ground got the support they needed: our efforts to engage were rebuffed.

So I’m sorry that more hasn’t been done to help local people and businesses here. I’m sorry that there hasn’t been a more effective plan put in place; I’m sorry that there’s been virtually no talk about how we can pump this floodwater out, or how we can compensate the victims of this natural disaster. I would have liked to have done much, much more: but the government, apparently, has had bigger fish to fry.

I can confirm today that the next Labour government will put in place an immediate plan to shield these communities from future flooding; establishing routine dredging of the rivers Tone and Parrett, with the clear recognition that national guidelines on dredging cannot reasonably apply in an area which is predominantly below sea level.

In particular, the tidal nature of the Parrett means that water only drains naturally at low tides. The next Labour government will therefore make available funds for the construction of a permanent pumping station close to where the Parrett meets the River Severn at the village of Dunball.

I can also confirm that the next Labour government will double the funding available for flood risk management and prevention. Currently, half of the Environment Agency’s budget is dedicated to these efforts: approximately £525 million. We will strip that money out from the Environment Agency, combine it with an extra £500 million to be raised in our inaugural emergency budget, and use it to create a new Coastal and Inland Flooding Agency, with the single largest dedicated flood prevention resource that has ever been allocated in British history.

Let me be clear: that money won’t be spread out over 20 years under Labour’s plan. It will be available immediately.

That new Agency would be led by a Board that would be personally chaired by the Secretary of State for the first time, making it directly accountable to Parliament and electors; and it would be subject to a legal obligation - a legal duty - to manage flood risk. Such an obligation does not presently exist in the law, and this prevents communities like those here in Moorland from having the right to financial recourse by means of taking the Agency to court should it have failed in its responsibility to adequately protect lives and livelihoods.

Let’s be clear. Global climate change means that the risk of flooding grows ever greater. The next Labour government must and will be prepared to make the bold and significant investments necessary in our flood defence.

 

 

Rt Hon. Juliet Manning MP, MSc (UCL)
MP for Luton South
Secretary of State for the Home Department
Minister for Defence
Lord High Chancellor


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Macmillan
(@dylan-macmillan)
MP for North East Bedfordshire
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Posts: 560
11/03/2019 11:41 pm  

It's a shame that Labour seem to feel compelled to make a political game out of the flooding that has afflicted so many. They talk about Tories playing games when in reality it was this Government that responded first. This Government's talks with local council figures landed at the £100mn figure spread over twenty years, that wasn't the Government's figure it was the local people themselves that said they needed it. Labour need to stop playing games with people's lives and their livelihoods, this sort of talk helps nobody.

Conservative MP for North East Bedfordshire
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Macmillan
(@dylan-macmillan)
MP for North East Bedfordshire
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11/03/2019 11:44 pm  

Frankly I am shocked and appalled by the Shadow Home Secretary's recent remarks. Either she wilfully lied to the public about the Government's handling of the crisis or she is so poorly informed that she has shown herself and her party unfit for office. Whilst Labour pontificated about the Privy Council this Government met with Council Leaders, deployed emergency reinforcements to the area, established a long term plan of action, and then got on with the job at hand. Ms Manning needs to stop playing political games with real crises and stop trying to convince people that this Government cares more about a Coalition deal than it does about the well-being of our citizens. It isn't true and has never been the case.

Conservative MP for North East Bedfordshire
Leader of the Opposition (2014-16)

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