Andrea Jenkyns joins Leeds flood defence talks

Andrea Jenkyns MP with environment secretary Liz Truss
Andrea Jenkyns MP with environment secretary Liz Truss

Morley and Outwood's MP has backed a call to improve flood defences across Leeds and West Yorkshire.

Andrea Jenkyns joined other Leeds MPs to meet with environment secretary Liz Truss and Leeds City Council and discuss the situation following the Christmas floods which hit the city.

Although only agricultural land in Morley was flooded, Ms Jenkyns is backing demands for more cash to be spent on defences along the River Aire.

The MPs were told that the maintenance budget for flood defences would be protected and that the government is reviewing the formula for the allocation of compensation to flooded home and business owners.

Ms Jenkyns had already visited areas in the River Calder's catchment during the flooding period and expressed concern about the impact on her constituents who travel into Leeds for work.

“It was very encouraging to hear the government is protecting spending on flood defences and doing everything possible to protect Leeds from future floods," she said.

“These floods were unprecedented, with the River Aire reaching levels a metre higher than have ever been seen before. The government must do everything possible to protect against a similar event in future.

“While Morley and Outwood was not flooded, disruption in the city centre has had a major impact on people who commute into central Leeds and have family in the area.”