Therese Coffey visits York to pledge continued backing for York’s flood defences

Ed Young, York’s Conservative Parliamentary Candidate, has held discussions in York with Environment Minister, Thérèse Coffey, and York Council Leader, David Carr, to discuss York’s flood defences and continued investment from the Government to protect people, homes and businesses in York against floods.

Speaking by the banks of the Ouse, they discussed the impact of the 2015 Boxing Day floods in York, how the money already committed by the government was being used, and how to protect against future flooding.

Ed said: “My family saw first-hand the damage that the 2015 floods caused in our city. It’s vital that we do everything we can to keep investing in York’s flood defences and taking action to protect people against future floods.”

“We simply cannot afford to be complacent when it comes to flood defences – and that’s exactly why we need a strong, stable government which can keep investing in the flood defences our city needs.”

Environment Minister, Thérèse Coffey, said:

“I’m very pleased that Ed is putting flood defences high on the political agenda at this election.

"After the floods in 2015, we committed to spend an additional £45 million in York’s defences and it’s vital that after the General Election in June we have a government that can keep delivering on that commitment.

“We need work together with our local council and hardworking local MPs to make sure York’s voice is heard in Government, and to make sure we fully upgrade the Foss Barrier.”