Labour leader: would be national emergency if happened in Surrey
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has spoken out after a visit to flood-hit Doncaster to describe the government’s response as a clear example of the north-south divide and the Tories’ contempt for northern communities.
Corbyn tweeted about how different the government’s response would have been had the floods struck a southern Tory town instead of a northern Labour community:
Corbyn urged Boris Johnson to convene a meeting of the government’s emergency ‘COBRA’ committee – and eventually Johnson complied. A meeting will finally be held tomorrow, days after the floods hit.
Boris Johnson has handled the flooding tragedy appallingly. After years of Tory cuts to flood defences; he declared the flooding was not an emergency – then trivialised the death of a flooding victim by posing with a mop in a widely-derided PR stunt.
His belated calling of a COBRA meeting cannot disguise the fact that there has been only one leader on duty in this emergency.
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