Hove MP hits back at Sussex Tories after sewage dump

An MP has hit back at Conservatives after Southern Water was asked to clean up its act after dumping sewage into the sea.

Hove and Portslade MP Peter Kyle says Tory MPs are “up to their necks” in the problem.

It comes after a letter to Southern Water was co-signed by MPs calling for action after it was discovered the water company was dumping sewage in the water last week.

The Argus: Martyn Craddock posted the video of the sea at Seaford on social media last weekMartyn Craddock posted the video of the sea at Seaford on social media last week

However, of the 13 MPs who signed the letter, eight previously voted against legislation that would have imposed restrictions on companies to reduce waste being pumped into the sea.

Last year, an amendment to the environmental law was defeated by a vote of 265 to 202.

The Argus: Peter Kyle MP for Hove and PortsladePeter Kyle MP for Hove and Portslade

Mr Kyle told The Argus: “No amount of letter signature can mask the fact that every Sussex Tory MP has voted for an amendment that has scuppered attempts, targets for reducing discharge in the Act and a binding end date altogether to set.

“Thanks to them, every liter of sewage that is currently on our beaches is legitimately there and they are up to their necks in it.

“When I say we need a fresh start with Labour, I mean it in every way, starting with our local beaches.”

The MPs named in the letter who voted against the amendment are:

  • Maria Caulfield, Lewes
  • Nus Ghani, Welden
  • Mims Davies, Mid Sussex
  • Gillian Keegan, Chichester
  • Nick Gibb, Bognor and Littlehampton
  • Sally-Ann Hart, Hastings and Rye
  • Henry Smith, Crawley
  • Andrew Griffith, Arundel and South Downs

In response to why she voted against the amendment, Maria Caulfield said: “The Lords’ proposed amendment, which we voted against, was well intentioned but called for an immediate end to sewerage discharges, which would have meant any overflow to Sewage would have entered people’s homes, gardens and streets with no alternative system in place.”

On Tuesday, The Argus reported that heavy rain has been linked to draining sewage at 13 beach locations.

Local residents have reported noticing a significant drop in the number of people swimming and paddling on Brighton beach in recent days, likely due to sewage problems.

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