Philip Davies MP demands Government improvement plans for flood defences in West Yorkshire

Philip Davies MP is demanding government set out when much-needed improved flood defences in West Yorkshire will be put in place.

Shipley MP Philip Davies said a timetable was needed to ensure there was not a repeat of the devastation caused by the unprecedented rain fall in the area on Boxing Day 2015.

Speaking in Parliament he said: “There has been a lot of focus, quite rightly, on places like Fishlake, which suffered terribly from floods just before the General Election but my constituents are still waiting for improved flood defences from the Boxing Day floods in 2015.”

Mr Davies called for Government ministers to update MPs on when the defences his constituents “both deserve and need” will be in place.

Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg said: “It is very important that flood defences are put in place. The Government does have a programme for improving flood defences, including improving spending considerable amounts of taxpayers’ money.”

Mr Rees-Mogg said he would pass on the information to Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers who would respond to Mr Davies with an update on the works.