East Yorkshire MP launches flood insurance appeal

An East Yorkshire politician is calling for homeowners to sign a petition that could help them receive flood insurance.

Graham Stuart, MP for Beverley and Holderness, has urged local people to join the campaign and fight for the renewal of an agreement that is due to expire in July, which ensures that insurers will provide cover as long as the government continues to build flood defences.

According to Mr Stuart, the end to the deal – which is called the Statement of Principles and was announced in 2008 – will see countless households affected and although Parliament is working with the Association of British Insurers to draw up a replacement contract, he said this is not happening quickly enough.

“We need as many signatures as possible to take the voice of Beverley and Holderness to Downing Street,” he claimed.

If a new agreement is not struck between insurance firms and the government, families could see their home insurance premiums rise.

This comes after more than a dozen properties were flooded in Burton Fleming when the Gypsey Race stream burst its banks last month.

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