Shadow minister meets flood hero firefighters

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Firefighters who have been working hard to protect flood victims from the effects of the recent storms met senior shadow cabinet minister Michael Dugher this morning.

Mr Dugher was in Milton Keynes to hear about the efforts of firefighters in not only protecting Milton Keynes but people in areas around Marlow and Somerset where the flooding has devastated homes and businesses.

Crews from Broughton and Newport Pagnell stations are among those who have worked in shifts to travel to these areas over the past two weeks, making use of the water response units and the Unimog, a four-wheel drive vehicle, to drive through rising water levels.

The Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office was invited by Andrew Pakes, Labour’s Milton Keynes South parliamentary candidate, to visit Broughton Fire Station.

Mr Pakes said: “While we have escaped the serious floods seen in Somerset, Berkshire and Surrey, our local fire crews have been working really hard and I am delighted to help them get some recognition for that.

“We also need to learn from these recent weather events and the best way to do that is to talk to the people who were involved on the frontline.”