MP claiming credit for flood defences

While it doesn’t surprise me to read that Lewes MP Norman Baker is again taking credit for things he has had nothing to do with, it is always disappointing.

Yet again, Norman Baker is exploiting other people’s hard work for his own electioneering purposes.

This time it was for getting £7m worth of flood defences for Newhaven.

The man must possess superhuman powers. If you believe all you read, you’d think he was single-handedly rescuing Seaford and Newhaven.

On this occasion it was the Conservative-led Lewes District Council that secured the coastal communities fund as well as the money for flood defences which was contained in the Greater Brighton City deal.

This is hot on the heels of another LDC success in securing £12m investment for the University Technical College – also in Newhaven – and again nothing whatsoever to do with anything Baker did.

Although if you read his website and press releases you would be forgiven for thinking otherwise.

The City Deal involved various parties including Conservative Cllr Rob Blackman, who was recently elected leader of Lewes District Council and Cllr Jason Kitkat, leader of Brighton City Council.

You’ll see Norman Baker’s face beaming away in the photographs of the signing ceremony, but anyone there will tell you that agreement was not signed by Norman Baker – why would it? He had nothing to do with it.

Perhaps Norman Baker’s powers could be put to better use. Can I suggest he dons a cape, flies down to Seaford beach and has a go at personally holding back the next spring tide?

David Tufnell

Lewes