Liberal Democrats hailed victory today, as the government finally bowed to pressure from leader Tim Farron and applied for a potential £125 million of EU solidarity funding to deal with the recent floods that ravaged The North and parts of Scotland.
Commenting Tim Farron MP said:
“Since day one I have called on the government to apply for this funding to help the North and parts of Scotland get back on their feet. It is an utter farce that it took the government until the eleventh hour, when we were about to lose this vital cash, for them to finally decide to send a letter and ask for the £125 million.
“The Tories have dragged their feet and shown what they really think of the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ it’s just a nice phrase. They don’t seem to mean it.
“This money is desperately needed to help flood-hit areas rebuild infrastructure and repair damage following the devastating impact of the floods.
“Local people have shown overwhelming support in favour of applying for this money, and I am glad that the government has finally listened.
“Having to drag James Wharton, the Brexiter, to the Commons to announce that the government will apply for EU funding, and that it will really make a difference to our communities, was a nice final touch of irony.”