House of Commons told of role of emergency services, volunteers and EDP following East Anglia floods

Prime minister David Cameron, pictured with Eastern Daily Press editor Nigel Pickover during a recent visit to Wells following flood damage, has backed Norwich City to win 2-0 at Sunderland as he is a fan of Delia Smith. 
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY Prime minister David Cameron, pictured with Eastern Daily Press editor Nigel Pickover during a recent visit to Wells following flood damage, has backed Norwich City to win 2-0 at Sunderland as he is a fan of Delia Smith. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
1:47 PM

Prime minister David Cameron has paid tribute to emergency services, volunteers and the Eastern Daily Press for their role in preparing for and tackling the impact of the recent floods.

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In the House of Commons today the EDP flood appeal, and the generosity of readers, was highlighted by Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham during the weekly prime minister’s questions session.

Mr Bellingham asked the prime minister to pay tribute to Norfolk’s emergency services and volunteers who had done “such a brilliant job” in both tackling the recent coastal floods and helping to repair the damage.

He said the floods were “potentially worse than the floods of 60 years ago which killed 300 people, and destroyed 5,000 homes.”

He also made special mention of the Eastern Daily Press, which he said had campaigned “tirelessly” in raising money for the victims of the floods.

Mr Cameron said he had been very impressed during his visit to Wells, a few days after the record storm surges battered the East Coast, to see the “amazing contribution of the emergency services”.

The Tory leader said that local newspapers had highlighted the issue and helped people to prepare for what was to come.

He added: “I was particularly impressed by what I saw in terms of what the lifeboats had done because of the enormous wave which swept through their station, but even with that they were able to get out and help people”.”

He claimed that the money spent on flood defences had protected a lot more homes than otherwise would have been protected.

He said work needed to continue.

6 comments

  • Mr Cameron appears quick to heap praise on those people and organisations which acted with speed and courage to the situation which befell East Anglia on the 5th of December. However, he and his government have been far less quick to do anything positive to help the people and councils affected. Indeed, one wonders why when we are still sending £27 million pounds to China and spending billions in foreign aid, including £50 million given to the Philippines recently, when money is desperately needed here to repair and strengthen our sea defences?

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    Bad Form

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • Only two things missing for this photo, Norman Lamb, never known to miss a photo shoot, and a baby to kiss. Is there an election in the offing?

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    norman hall

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • a picture of david scrooge cameron . He has just given china nearly thirty million pounds . A nation who have just landed a craft on the moon . Found nearly half a million pounds in 48 hours to put asylum seekers in a luxury hotel . But nothing for the people of flood damaged norfolk . How much longer are people going to carry on voting for fools

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    milecross

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • brings a lump to my throat... When I was brought up (in the 1950s) I was told that doing 'good deeds' was a noble thing, but that shouting about it from the rooftops was vulgar. "Then the 'phone rang - and I was asked to meet up with the Prime Minister... He had been briefed of the EDP's intervention...(Mr Pickover EDP Dec 14 p9). Hauled out of a meeting of COBRA, was he? ("PM. You must go to Wells... Then you may proceed to Mr Mandela's send orf in S Effrika!")."Whilst the PM has covered lots of air miles, I've covered the roads of our region...". Yukkity yuk. "Unicef amazed..." (EDP 16 Dec p22). Get over yourself, Mr P. This was a news story. Period. If the EDP wasn't going to cover it, who was? "Impromptu circle of hope and prayer...". Or "Just join hands and form a circle, peeps: this will look good on the front page"?

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    martin wallis

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • Why did those MP's who called Mandela a terrorist, postpone the originally scheduled debate on the storm? Why does nobody mention the shoreline management plan and the Crown eastates non stop dredging to festoon the beaches of the Netherlands? This article exemplifies the cover up by BBC, the local EDP and the print media at large to tyhis awkward question of 'who is in charge of protecting the coastline'? Sea level rise averages but 3.5mm per year. East Anglian sinkage gives an additional 1.5mm. On a 1 in 10 beach slope this gives 5mm x 10 tidal edge nearing of 5cm per mean year, 2.5 metres over 25 years. As you will know the tide line has moved inland by over 50 times that. Why?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • Enough to make you puke.

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    John L Norton

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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