Lest we forget: This BBC article from 2011 shows how the Conservative Government has paid no respect to flood defence at all, from the very beginning of their time in office.

Note that projects in Leeds, York, Thirsk and Morpeth were “put on hold” – and now those places have been hit by floods, or threatened by them.

The government will spend £540m a year on flooding defences in England over the next four years – a cut of 8% from previous periods, the environment department has confirmed.

The money will go towards 108 projects already under construction and 187 schemes under consideration.

But projects in Leeds, York, Thirsk and Morpeth have been put on hold.

Environment Minister Richard Benyon disputed claims from Labour’s Mary Creagh that schemes had been cancelled.

Responding to an urgent question in the Commons tabled by Ms Creagh, he said better protection was being provided to more than 145,000 homes.

Source: Flood defence funding cut by 8% – BBC News

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