Cross-Party Waterways Support at House of Commons Reception28 June 2017
Over 50 people attended a Parliamentary Reception organised by The Inland Waterways Association held at Westminster on Tuesday 27th June. All new and re-elected MPs with waterways in their constituencies were invited to call in to the afternoon session to meet IWA representatives and to hear more about current campaigns and discuss waterway issues in their areas. A number of peers who are supportive of waterway issues also attended, along with representatives from 3 navigation authorities.
The event followed on from IWA’s Waterway Manifesto campaign, where parliamentary candidates were asked to pledge their support for IWA’s campaigns in the lead up to the recent general election.
During the event members of both Houses and from across England, Scotland and Wales took part in conversations about a wide range of topics including the potential transfer of the Environment Agency’s navigations to Canal & River Trust with a sufficient funding package; the need for more affordable moorings and other issues affecting residential boaters; the need to mitigate the impact of HS2 at specific waterway locations, and restoration and regeneration projects around the country.
All the MPs and peers who attended were encouraged to join the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Waterways, which will now be reconvened for the new Parliament, and were also encouraged to develop a close relationship with local waterway groups such as canal societies and IWA branches in their constituencies.
IWA’s National Chairman, Les Etheridge, said “We were pleased that so many MPs and peers were able to take time out of their busy schedules to drop in to our event, and we look forward to working with them in the future both nationally and locally across the country.”