– Shadow environment secretary Mary Creagh
Flooding is the biggest threat the UK faces from climate change.
Incompetent Government ministers have sat on their hands for the past two years and failed to get an agreement with the insurance industry, which means 200,000 homeowners will face difficulties getting flood insurance when Labour's deal with the insurance industry runs out in June.
Any new deal on flood insurance would require primary legislation so ministers need to end the brinkmanship and get a deal to give certainty to homeowners and businesses at risk of flooding.
Almost 100 new flood defences were given the green light today in a move the Government says will better protect more than 64,000 homes from flooding. A total of 93 defences have been given the go-ahead to begin construction this year.