12:45PM, Saturday 20 February 2016
The Prime Minister is backing a cross party group aimed at tackling River Thames flooding.
A total of 20 MPs have joined the River Thames All Party Parliamentary Groups, which held its first meeting in Westminster on Tuesday, January 19.
Labour MP for Slough, Fiona MacTaggart, was among those present.
David Cameron, the Prime Minister and Conservative MP for Witney, Oxfordshire has backed the group, and encouraged West Oxfordshire Conservative councillor Stephen Good to set it up. It is chaired by Conservative MP for Henley, John Howell.
He said: “Along with the Prime Minister, I welcome the establishment of the new focused All Party Parliamentary Group for the Thames. We have a determination to meet the challenges and opportunities that we face along the Thames – including of course the problem of flooding – on an all-party basis. We also want to work together to make the most of our iconic river for local communities and the economy, as well as for the very many visitors who come each year”.
The aim is to explore flooding issues around the Thames from source to sea.
The first business meeting will be held in Westminster and is expected to happen in March.
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