PRESS RELEASE: IWA Declares Lord German Parliamentarian of the Year 2016

Release date: 2nd November 2016

The Inland Waterways Association has recognised the work of a member of the House of Lords for the first time, nominating Rt. Hon. The Lord German OBE as its IWA Parliamentarian of the Year.

Lord German has been a leading advocate for our canals and rivers for some years with the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Waterways and is currently a Vice Chair of the Group. He is a former leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats and Deputy First Minister of the National Assembly of Wales. Lord German is also President of the Monmouthshire, Brecon & Abergavenny Canals Trust, which is working to restore the Ty Coch lock flight on a derelict section of the canal in Cwmbran.

Presenting the award, IWA National Chairman Les Etheridge said: “Through his staunch support for and active involvement with the inland waterways both at Westminster and locally in South Wales, Lord German is a very worthy recipient of this trophy. The Canals Trust of which he is President promotes all that is good about our inland waterways – restoration of the canal, economic regeneration, training, work experience for young people, health benefits and community involvement.”

The award ceremony took place at IWA’s annual Parliamentary Dinner, held at the Houses of Parliament on 1st November. Over 30 parliamentarians and other guests heard Les Etheridge tell of the wide community benefits of IWA’s festivals programme, typified by the 2016 National Campaign Festival in Liverpool, and discuss the potential transfer of the navigations currently run by the Environment Agency to Canal & River Trust.

ENDS


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IWA National Chairman Les Etheridge, left, presents IWA Parliamentarian of the Year Award for 2016 to Lord German OBE.

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For further information please contact Alison Smedley, Press Office, The Inland Waterways Association, by emailing alison.smedley@waterways.org.uk or phoning 07779 090915.

Notes for Editors

The Inland Waterways Association

IWA is The Inland Waterways Association, a membership charity that works to protect and restore the country's 6,500 miles of canals and rivers.  IWA is a national organisation with a network of volunteers and branches who deploy their expertise and knowledge to work constructively with navigation authorities, government and other organisations.  The Association also provides practical and technical support to restoration projects through its expert Waterway Recovery Group.
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IWA National Chairman Les Etheridge, left, presents IWA Parliamentarian of the Year Award for 2016 to Lord German OBE.

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