Australia bushfires: British MP warns blazes 'a wake-up call for the world'

Australia's devastating bushfires are "a wake-up call to the world", a British politician has told his fellow MPs.

Speaker Lindsay Hoyle spoke about the fires in a statement to the House of Commons on Tuesday (local time). 

"The magnitude of the disaster unfolding in Australia should shock us all, with human and animal lives and precious species of fauna being destroyed," he said

Sir Lindsay is MP for the constituency of Chorley. He was originally elected for the Labour Party but became unaffiliated after becoming Speaker.

Sir Lindsay said it was saddening to see how the fires were "laying waste to so much".

"We pay tribute to the firefighters and all those who are putting their lives at risk," he said.

"This is a wake-up call for the world. All Australians are in our thoughts and prayers."

His comments come ahead of an 'oral statements' session scheduled in the House of Commons for Thursday. 

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, it is thought the session may lead to some British MPs taking aim at Scott Morrison.

The Australia Prime Minister has come under increasing criticism over his handling of the disaster as well as his government's views on climate change.

Earlier this week, Piers Morgan had harsh words for Morrison. The controversial TV host came out swinging against the PM during an interview with Liberal MP Craig Kelly on Good Morning Britain.

When the topic of Morrison going on holiday to Hawaii came up, Morgan told Kelly the prime minister "was absent when the fires were burning".

"Scott Morrison thought the right response to these fires erupting in Australia was to go lie on the beach in Hawaii, and that was a dereliction of his duty as leader of Australia." 

He then went on to blast Kelly for his views on climate change.

"You're facing one of the greatest crises you've ever faced and there is you Mr Kelly, with respect a senior politician, who still doesn't think this has anything to do with a heating up planet," Morgan said. 

"Nothing to see here, nothing to worry about as virtually your entire country is eviscerated by fires - it is quite extraordinary."

Morrison and his government deny claims they have been complacent against climate change.

In announcing a AU$2 billion bushfire recovery fund over the weekend, Morrison said there was "no dispute in this country about the issue of climate change, globally, and its effect on global weather patterns, and that includes how that impacts in Australia".

"I have to correct the record here, I have seen a number of people suggest that somehow the government does not make this connection. The government has always made this connection and that has never been in dispute," he said.

The bushfires have burned through more than six million hectares of land since they started in October, pushing firefighters to the limit.

The Defence Force Reserves have been deployed to the fire zones to offer assistance to fire crews, as have firefighters from New Zealand. Emergency crews made the most of cooler temperatures earlier this week, but conditions are set to worsen again on Friday.

More than 100 fires continue to burn across the country and at least 25 people have been confirmed dead so far.