Labour MP visits flood-hit Hebden

Labour’s Shadow Environment Secretary Mary Creagh visited Hebden Bridge yesterday.

The MP stopped off at a house in Keighley Road, which was badly hit by the floods and is currently uninhabitable. She then walked into the town centre, from Keighley Road, to meet with business owners in the town who were hit by the recent floods and are concerned about the ongoing flood insurance crisis.

Mrs Creagh criticised the current Government for failing to react quickly enough to provide help to those hit by the floods.

A Labour spokesperson said: “The Government is playing Russian Roulette with people’s homes and businesses by failing to negotiate a successor to the Statement of Principles which runs out on July 1, 2013.”

The spokesperson said cuts to emergency services would hinder future flood rescue efforts.

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