All Party Parliamentary Group for the Waterways

The All Party Parliamentary Group for the Waterways was reconstituted for the new Parliament on 18th July 2017. 


Registered officers for the Group are:  

  • John Grogan MP (Labour, Chair)
  • John Cryer MP (Labour, Vice Chair)
  • Richard Benyon MP (Conservative, Vice Chair)
  • Wendy Morton MP (Conservative, Vice Chair)
  • Michael Fabricant MP (Conservative, Vice Chair)
  • Jonathan Lord MP (Conservative, Vice Chair)
  • Lord Mike German (Lib Dem, Vice Chair)
  • Conor McGinn MP (Labour, Vice Chair)
  • Ranil Jayawardena MP (Conservative, Officer)

Mission Statement

The Group's mission statement is “To consider matters relating to navigable (and formerly navigable) rivers, canals, estuaries and lakes in the UK; including the potential social, economic and cultural impact of the regeneration of those waterways and extension of the system.”


The Secretariat for the Group is provided by Policy Connect working on behalf of The Inland Waterways Association.  

All enquiries should be made through Alison Smedley, IWA Campaigns Officer (contactable by email using  

APPGW Minutes

Download the APPGW minutes (PDF 119KB) from the 13th March 2018 meeting.

Photo: Among those present at the 13th March 2018 meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Waterways were:  (l-r) Richard Parry (Chief Executive, Canal & River Trust), Michael Fabricant MP (Vice Chair, APPGW), John Grogan MP (Chair, APPGW), Rebecca Pow MP (Parliamentary Private Secretary, DEFRA), Emma Howard Boyd (Chair, Environment Agency), Lord German (Vice Chair, APPGW), Ivor Caplan (Chairman, The Inland Waterways Association).

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