Posted by: John Brace | 5th December 2018

What was the Prime Minister’s answer to criticisms of the government response to the New Ferry disaster?

What was the Prime Minister’s answer to criticisms of the government response to the New Ferry disaster?

                                          

Construction work on new homes happening elsewhere on the Wirral (but not in New Ferry)

Construction work on new homes happening elsewhere on the Wirral (but not in New Ferry)

Earlier today (5th December 2018) in the House of Commons, the Prime Minister was asked a question about the response to the New Ferry disaster from Wirral South MP Alison McGovern. A transcript of the question and answer are below and the matter is on the agenda of a Wirral Council public meeting on 10th December 2018 starting at 6.00 pm at Wallasey Town Hall.

ALISON MCGOVERN MP (LABOUR, WIRRAL SOUTH): In March 2017, the Prime Minister knows that New Ferry in my constituency was devastated by a huge explosion and many people injured. I raised this with her at Prime Minister’s Questions and Mr Speaker she said that the community would get support to recover. After 18 months of struggling her Secretary of State has now written to me to say that New Ferry will get no such support from her government! So was I wrong Mr Speaker to take her at her word or were my constituents right when they said when it comes to helping people you can never trust the Tories?

RT HON THERESA MAY MP (CONSERVATIVE, MAIDENHEAD): I say to the Honorable Lady, I think she knows, she knows of incidents when people have been able in her region to trust the Tories and … she knows what … let’s look at the explosion in New Ferry, let’s look at the explosion in New Ferry. It was clearly devastating, it clearly impacted both residents and businesses and I did as she said make a commitment to look at it.

Now I will look at the letter she has received from the Secretary of State, because my understanding was that MHCLG, the Ministry was encouraging Wirral Council to apply for a range of funding streams including various sums of money that would have been available and that they had asked Homes England to work with the Council and had made on their regeneration plans and had made money available in response to that.

But I will certainly look at the letter she refers to.

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