Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves will meet with Floods Minister Therese Coffey today in London to champion new flood defences for Leeds.
She will also press the minister on the issue of affordable flood insurance, which has affected a number of businesses in Kirkstall since the River Aire burst its banks on Boxing Day last year.
Ms Reeves will be joined by Leeds’s other MPs and Leeds City Council leader Judith Blake and chief executive Tom Riordan to ensure the funding needed for the next phase of Leeds’s flood defences is guaranteed and ring-fenced.
Ms Reeves said:
“I will be pressing the minister to ensure the Government plays its part in doing everything possible to avoid a repeat of last year’s floods.
“We will also be looking for assurances that the project will be delivered as promised to the agreed timetable.
“I am personally going to make representations on behalf of businesses in Kirkstall, many of whom are still struggling in the aftermath of the floods, to make sure they can get affordable flood insurance.”
The delegation will meet Ms Coffey, Parliamentary under Secretary of State with responsibility for Floods, at 12.30pm.