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Corbyn slams Johnson for saying northern flooding ‘not a national emergency’

Compilation of Jeremy Corbyn visiting flood stricken Coinsborough, near Doncaster, on November 9, 2019

Jeremy Corbyn spoke to flood affected residents in Conisborough, near Doncaster (Picture: PA)

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called for better flood protection as he visited waterlogged areas in South Yorkshire today.

He warned the country could expect more extreme weather and demanded better funding for fire and rescue services as well as the Environment Agency.

Corbyn criticised the Prime Minister’s remarks yesterday when he visited Matlock in Derbyshire, where the county’s former High Sheriff Annie Hall died after being swept away by water.

Boris Johnson said: ‘You’ve got to face the reality that places like this are vulnerable to flooding – we’re going to see more of it.’

But he claimed the ongoing flooding ‘is not looking like something we need to escalate to the level of a national emergency’.

Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (L) and Labour Party parliamentary candidate for Don Valley Caroline Flint (R) view the aftermath of flooding in Conisborough, near Doncaster, northern England on November 9, 2019.

He visited with parliamentary candidate for Don Valley Caroline Flint (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn during a visit to Conisborough, South Yorkshire, where he will meet residents affected by flooding.

The Labour leader called for better flood defences to deal with the problem (Picture: PA)

The PM said the Government would ‘certainly stand by ready to help’ after the country was hit by a deluge of water, described as ‘almost biblical’ by residents of Toll Bar, near Doncaster.

Hitting back today on Twitter, Corbyn said: ‘Boris Johnson is wrong. This is a national emergency.

‘Emergency funds should be released immediately to support families in need and all those affected by the flooding.’

Some communities were braced for rising waters today while other deluged areas were given some respite by sunny weather.

Yorkshire and the Midlands were among the areas worst affected by the heavy downpours on Thursday and Friday.

Today Corbyn said: ‘Obviously we need much better flood management and prevention schemes.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, meets residents affected by flooding in Dufton Close Conisborough .

He slammed Boris Johnson for saying the issue was ‘not a national emergency’ (Picture: LNP)

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with Labour MP Caroline Flint during a visit to Conisborough, South Yorkshire, where he met residents affected by flooding.

He demanded better funding for emergency services and the Environment Agency (Picture: PA)

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with Labour MP Caroline Flint during a visit to Conisborough, South Yorkshire, where he met residents affected by flooding.

After speaking to Coinsborough residents Corbyn went to meet firefighters in Doncaster (Picture: PA)

‘It also means properly funding our fire and rescue services and properly funding our Environment Agency to deal with this.’

The Labour leader visited a street in Conisbrough, which is still cut off by flooding.

Residents told him how water from the nearby River Don rose quickly on Thursday night, inundating a number of their homes in the cul-de-sac.

Alison and James Merritt showed the Labour leader around their drenched home before he headed off to Doncaster to talk to firefighters involved in the response to the flooding in the area.

Sheffield in South Yorkshire received 84mm of rain over 36 hours, which is almost the average monthly rainfall for Yorkshire, the Met Office said.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Labour MP Caroline Flint visit flood hit Conisbrough on November 8, 2019 in Doncaster, England.

The Labour leader warned climate change could mean more extreme weather (Picture: Getty Images)

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of British Labour Party on a visit to the community affected by flooding in Doncaster, Britain, 09 November 2019.

Several ‘danger to life’ warnings remain in place in the northwest of England (Picture: EPA)

There are still seven Environment Agency severe flood warnings in place for England, which suggests a ‘danger to life’.

The areas most at risk are Barnby Dun, Bently, Fishlake, Kirk Bramwith, Kirk Sandall, South Bramwith and Willow Bridge caravan site.

Another 54 warnings, urging people to take immediate action due to expected flooding are also in place – along with 88 alerts urging residents to be prepared.

Residents in the small South Yorkshire village of Fishlake were advised to evacuate, while police continue to monitor rising river levels in Newark, Nottinghamshire.



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