It's time for the government to get a grip and sort it out so people are not left financially stricken - Creagh

Mary  CreaghMary Creagh MP, Labour's Shadow Environment Secretary, responding to the latest floods in the North East, Cumbria and across the UK, said:

"People in the North East and other areas affected will be counting the cost after these horrendous floods. I pay tribute to our emergency services and local communities who have worked through the night to help people deal with the disruption. Our thoughts are with the friends and family of the man who tragically lost his life in Shropshire.

"Ministers now have questions to answer about what assistance councils and people will get to help them rebuild their homes and businesses. In Parliament on Monday I asked Ministers if they would help councils with the clean-up costs, as the Labour government did in the 2007 and 2009 floods. The Prime Minister was asked again yesterday and said he would ask the Local Government Secretary. That looks dangerously complacent - they’ve had a week to think about this, it’s time to get a grip and sort it out so people are not left financially stricken."

Catherine McKinnell MP, MP for Newcastle North said:

“My sympathies go out to all those who have been affected by the horrendous flooding yesterday seen in Newcastle and across the North East. 

The emergency services and Newcastle City Council responded incredibly well throughout and I pay tribute to them and to communities who banded together to help all those affected. 

It is now time for the government to look at how local communities can be given the support that they will need for some time to deal with the aftermath to ensure our city and region do not bear the brunt of these devastating floods.”