Jeremy Corbyn has given his reason for waiting five days to visit flood-hit areas of Britain

Jeremy corbynNigel Roddis/Getty ImagesLabour leader Jeremy Corbyn and local MP Rachael Maskell lift sandbags after flooding in York on December 31, 2015.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn spent New Year’s Eve inspecting the damage from heavy flooding in the North of England. While Prime Minister David Cameron first visited the flood-hit region on Monday, Corbyn had an interesting reason for waiting five days from when the flooding began to make his visit: he didn’t want to get in the way.

After meeting with staff from the Environment Agency at the Foss Barrier in North Yorkshire, which was overwhelmed by the flooding, Corbyn told reporters that if he had come earlier he might have distracted the engineers.

He said: “I don’t want to get in the way of people doing an emergency job at a highly critical time. I think to turn up in the midst of all that is distracting to engineers.”

You can watch a video below of Corbyn making his comments below via the Telegraph.

Corbyn also praised the “superhuman efforts” of the Environment Agency and gave a surprisingly detailed plan of how to take a holistic approach to preventing future flooding.

You can watch Corbyn’s comments below, again via the Telegraph.

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