Politicians swap Westminster for wellies as flood crisis escalates

Politicians and representatives from the Environment Agency have been keen to be seen showing their concern to those affected by the flooding which has hit parts of Britain.

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson was heavily criticised for wearing city shoes as he visited flood-hit residents in the Somerset Levels two weeks ago.

As the crisis has escalated, so has the practicality of the footwear and clothing worn by the politicians.

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson was heavily criticised for wearing city shoes as he visited flood-hit residents in the Somerset Levels Credit: PA Wire

Watch: Paterson 'can't do any more' to solve flooding problems

Prime Minister David Cameron with Bridgwater and West Somerset MP Ian Liddell-Grainger and farmer Tony Davy. Credit: PA Wire
David Cameron's flood-drenched wellies in a visit to Staines-upon-Thames yesterday. Credit: PA Wire
The Prime Minister David Cameron (left) chats with The Environment Agency's Ron Curtis. Credit: PA Wire
Ukip leader Nigel Farage during a visit to flood-hit Burrowbridge in Somerset. Credit: PA Wire
Nigel Farage has called international aid to be suspended while the country deals with the aftermath of recent extreme weather. Credit: PA Wire
Labour leader Ed Miliband viewed recent flooding in Purley on Thames in Berkshire yesterday. Credit: PA Wire

Watch: Miliband accused of seeking floods 'photo opportunity'

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg pictured in his wellies during a visit to Burrowbridge, Somerset. Credit: PA Wire

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