We in Manchester have thus far been relatively safe from the awful flooding that has been faced by many parts of the country, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a great deal of sympathy for their plight. Indeed flooding is an issue that Liberal Democrat MEP’s have been tackling at a European level.
Sadly, the same cannot be said of either the Conservatives or UKIP, as both of the groups that they belong to in the European Parliament voted against flood prevention measures. Indeed the UKIP leader Nigel Farage didn’t even turn up to vote (again).
A 2012 motion on the implementation of EU water legislation designed to tackle the “rise in the frequency and intensity of floods” with “adaptation and mitigation policies” was voted against by both Conservative and UKIP. The vote emphasised “the importance of risk prevention, mitigation and response strategies to prevent water-related extreme phenomena”.
As if the relevance to flood-hit parts of the UK wasn’t clear enough it continued:
“some countries do not suffer from shortages of water but are having difficulty in managing the excess of water resulting from regular or heavy rainfall, flooding, river erosion and pollution affecting river basins and coastal areas, as well as the effects of these phenomena on the local population”
“Calls on the Commission to conduct a relevant analysis of the ways to prevent the effects of flooding, given the noticeable increase in the flood risk in Member States in recent years”
This could be particularly awkward for their sitting south west MEP’s.