Twelve pictures of David Cameron nodding, pointing and looking earnest in flooded areas

Louis Dor
Tuesday 29 December 2015 14:00
Celebrities
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David Cameron visited York on 28 December to assess the damage caused by the severe flooding which has affected areas of North England and Wales.

It's not his first visit to a flooded area, and it probably won't be his last.

Workington, 17 December 2009:

Conservative party leader David Cameron walks over the new Barker Crossing bridge across the River Derwent on December 17, 2009 in Workington, United Kingdom, after visiting victims and members of the emergency services affected by floods.

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Gloucester, 27 November 2012:

Prime minister David Cameron studies a map of the flooded area at Fire Command at Gloucestershire Tri-Services on 27 November 2012.

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Norfolk, 9 December 2013:

Prime minister David Cameron meets some of the members of the Environment Agency during a visit to Wells-next-the-sea to see flood damage.

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Kent, 27 December 2013:

Prime minister David Cameron talks with residents and environment agency workers in the village of Yalding after storms caused flooding.

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Somerset, 7 February 2014:

Prime minister David Cameron with Bridgwater and West Somerset MP, Ian Liddell-Grainger during a visit to Goodings Farm in Fordgate.

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Somerset, 7 February 2014:

British prime minister David Cameron with Bridgwater and West Somerset MP Ian Liddell-Grainger, and farmer Tony Davy during a visit to Goodings Farm in Fordgate.

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Somerset, 7 February 2014:

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Prime minister David Cameron talks to farmer Tony Davy during a visit to Goodings Farm in Fordgate, Somerset following severe flooding.

Somerset, 4 April 2014:

Prime minister David Cameron is shown the dredging operation on site at the River Parrett where repair and recovery from the floods earlier in 2014 are taking place near Burrowbridge.

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Carlisle, 7 December 2015:

Prime minister David Cameron looks at the flood defence system on Warwick Road during a visit to flood hit areas.

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Carlisle, 7 December 2015:

Prime minister David Cameron chats to a worker on Warwick Road during a visit to flood hit areas.

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York, 28 December 2015:

Prime minister David Cameron talks to British soldiers and volunteers filling sand bags to assist with flood relief, as cities, towns and villages across northern England battled to get back on their feet following devastating storms.

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York, 28 December 2015:

Prime minister David Cameron talks to rescue workers working on flood relief after the river Ouse burst its banks, in York city centre.

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The coalition government cut funding to the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs for flood defences by 15 per cent in the 2010 Autumn Statement, to £573 million.

A 2014 House of Commons briefing paper estimated that flood damage costs the UK £1.1 billion a year.

Meanwhile, the Telegraph report that the prime minister wore £13 wellies to York as he did to Somerset in 2014, not his pair of Hunter's (which retail in the region of £100), to avoid appearing "too posh" - as a 2014 biography put it.

HT James Martin

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