FBU praises Long-Bailey flood visit
The FBU has praised a visit by Labour leadership contender Rebecca Long-Bailey to Mytholmroyd in the Calder Valley, which was hit by flooding caused by Storm Ciara.
The union said the visit highlighted that Long-Bailey understands the issues affecting firefighters, unlike politicians who turn up for a photo opportunity and ignore the issues.
Last week, the FBU strongly rebuked the Prime Minister for failing to visit flood-hit communities, including those visited by Long-Bailey in West Yorkshire, and said he should be “ashamed” of the government’s failure to plan for flooding in the long-term.
FBU Yorkshire and Humberside executive council member Pete Smith said: “We often get politicians coming to visit flooding sites for a photo opportunity who then rush back to Westminster to ignore our problems until the next floods. This time, the Prime Minister didn’t even bother to do that.
“But Rebecca Long-Bailey’s visit was different. She understands that our flood response has been undermined by a decade of austerity and she gets that we need a statutory duty to respond to flooding. She knows that, for us, climate change is an industrial issue. We’re on the front line of the climate emergency – and Rebecca has the right plan to fight it.”
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