The Lib Dems on the floods

by Stephen Tall on July 23, 2007

Quick round-up:

‘Lib Dem leader in flood-hit city’ (BBC Online)
Lib Dem leader Sir Menzies Campbell has criticised the government’s flood plans as he prepared to visit Hull to see the aftermath of last month’s deluge. He said a lack of government planning had led to a “summer of suffering”.

‘Row over disaster response deepens as flooding eases’ (The Scotsman)
Liberal Democrat environment spokesman, Chris Huhne, said: “The government has been far too slow to wake up to the potentially devastating effects of extreme rainfall overwhelming drains and sewers.”

Floodplains ‘not ruled out’ for new homes (
Liberal Democrat housing spokesman Paul Holmes said: “Before any houses can be built on flood plains, the Government must urgently decide who has the responsibility to ensure that adequate flood defences are part of the development process. With towns and villages under water, the recent weeks have dramatically highlighted the need of buyers to know whether it is the Government or the builders who ensure that they are safe in their new homes.”