Campaigners take the fight for fairer deals to Parliament

FLOOD campaigners in Morpeth have been to London to press their case for fairer insurance deals.

Morpeth Flood Action Group (MFAG) members Alan Bell and Trevor Walmsley were invited to meet Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Mary Creagh yesterday.

The meeting was set up by Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery in the Houses of Parliament to try to secure political backing for changes to flood risk insurance.

As a member of Morpeth’s flood insurance working group, MFAG is arguing that the cost of flood risk should be spread across all policy holders, with insurance companies paying a portion of premiums to a national agency that would cover all claims for flood damage from people that have policies.

The proposal aims to stop spiralling insurance premiums and excesses for those in flood risk areas.

Mr Bell said: “In an effort to get more support from MPs for the insurance proposal we met with Mary Creagh. Ian Lavery is very supportive of our proposal and arranged for us to go down to London.

“The action group is pushing to get more political support for it because we are worried that the working groups currently going on will have limited influence on any decisions. We have done a lot of work and we are concerned that it will be put aside.”