All flooding victims will be snubbed if Environment Secretary snubs regional media – The Yorkshire Post says

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THERESA VILLIERS did answer questions from MPs before travelling to Yorkshire to meet Environment Agency staff and then flooding victims.

Calder Valley and all flooding victims deserve better from this out of depth Minister – Tom Richmond

A picture of despair - Rita Gill of Mytholmroyd is one of many people wanting answers over flooding.

A picture of despair - Rita Gill of Mytholmroyd is one of many people wanting answers over flooding.

However the Environment Secretary will be bringing democracy into disrepute if she leaves the county without answering questions from The Yorkshire Post – and other regional media – about Defra’s record in this region.

Storm Ciara and the rising tide of flooding anger across Calderdale and Yorkshire – The Yorkshire Post says

She – and Boris Johnson for that matter – might think that it is ‘job done’. Yet snubbing one of the country’s most trusted newspapers by not putting the Secretary of State forward for interviews equates to snubbing the electorate if the Secretary of State, and those advising her, do not accede to interview requests.

Tom Richmond: Churchill would not have stood for this flooding farce

Environment Secretary Theresa Villeirs attends Cabinet on Tuesday.

Environment Secretary Theresa Villeirs attends Cabinet on Tuesday.

It’s not just a refusal to engage with the media as the Government continues its stand-off with Radio Four’s Today programme and other broadcasters who might just embarrass Ministers like Mrs Villiers, it is a refusal to engage with voters – the very people who want to know why their homes and businesses continue to be repeatedly flooded in spite of countless promises of action, and investment, from Ministers.

They want to know – with reason – why flood defence schemes continue to be delayed, why rivers are not dredged more frequently and why the Government’s funding formula has appeared to leave the North at additional risk from flooding and the effects of climate change.

And to continue to ignore such questions – and the need for a strategic approach that considers river catchment areas in their entirety – is not democracy. It is also not leadership and it is totally unacceptable.

Flooding in Mytholmroyd. Photo: Jade Kilbride.

Flooding in Mytholmroyd. Photo: Jade Kilbride.