Labour MP calls for public inquiry into failures following Storm Arwen

The Labour MP for Easington, Grahame Morris, has called for a public inquiry to look at the multiple failures of the response to Storm Arwen.

Mr Morris has written to Labour Leader, Sir Keir Starmer, seeking his support for a public inquiry, arguing the response to November’s storm has ‘exposed a lack of foresight and leadership at the highest levels’.

He argued, ‘A series of self serving internal inquiries in which organizations pat themselves on the back while blaming someone else will rightfully stoke public anger’.

Continuing he added, ‘Internal inquiries protect the reputation of the organization, a comprehensive overarching public inquiry looking at the whole situation will hold people and organizations accountable’.

All houses in Scotland that have lost power following Storm Arwen are now said to have had their electricity restored,  but 3,000 homes in the north east of England still remain without power, some ten days after the storm first hit.