Get a Grip on flood support, Creagh tells government

Mary Creagh 

Labour's Shadow Environment Secretary Mary Creagh has lambasted David Cameron and his Government for their lack of action in dealing with the floods in Calder Valley.

On Monday this week, Ms Creagh called Environment Secretary Caroline Spellman to the House of Commons for an urgent question on what support the government would support. She had no answers. 

The Environment Secretary, confused by guidelines for government giving money to afflicted councils, gave wrong information and was forced to correct the record the following day. She said she would be asking the Communities Secretary whether there was help they could give to Calderdale Council. 

But yesterday the Prime Minister visited flood-hit Todmorden, and when asked the same question by local residents, gave the same non-answer, promising only to speak to Eric Pickles about it.

Mary Creagh MP, Labour's Shadow Environment Secretay, said:

"The Prime Minister was challenged by residents in Todmorden yesterday morning on what his Government is doing to help them and he had no answers. He should get a grip and spell out what help Calderdale residents will get from his government to help them clean up and rebuild their homes and businesses after last week’s floods.

"I challenged the Government on Monday to say whether they will help councils with the clean up. It is now Thursday and they still don't know. With more heavy rain forecast and new flood alerts in Calder Valley, people want action now, not this incompetent mess.

"So far we've heard "don’t knows" from the Environment Secretary and the Water Minister. Now the Prime Minister says he's going to ask the Local Government Secretary what he thinks – just who is in charge here?"

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