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County leader Mark Hawthorne calls on Government for flooding support

By citizenmike  |  Posted: February 28, 2014

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A HIGH profile speech by Gloucester County Council leader Mark Hawthorne was used to call on the Government to support the county’s recovery from flooding and to reduce the risk in the future.

Councillor Hawthorne spoke immediately after David Cameron at a national Conservative Councillors Association conference in London. He called for extra government help to address issues like insurance, desilting of main rivers and removing obstructions from the flood plain.

Mr Hawthorne (C, Quedgeley) said: “It’s an honour to be asked to speak after David Cameron and it offered a great opportunity to raise the issue of flooding in Gloucestershire.

“As a county we need to take every opportunity, both to shout about the good work that’s happening here, and to call for the national support we need to cut the risk of future flooding.”

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