Portsmouth MP raises city’s flooding issue in the Commons

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PORTSMOUTH North MP Penny Mordaunt has raised the issue of the city’s flooding in parliament.

During a general debate Miss Mordaunt asked Defra minister Richard Benyon to consider a package that will ensure people on lower incomes are still able to afford insurance following floods.

She highlighted problems in Paulsgrove in recent years which saw sewage running through the streets and into people’s homes until Southern Water brought forward repairs.

Miss Mordaunt asked that pressure be put on planning authorities to take more consideration of comments from the Environment Agency warning against developments on flood plains.

‘He was certainly sympathetic to what we were saying and recognises it’s a very big problem,’ said Miss Mordaunt.