PRESS RELEASE: IWA Welcomes New Chairman for All Party Parliamentary Group for the Waterways

Issue date: 20th October 2016

The Inland Waterways Association has welcomed the appointment of a new chair for the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Waterways.  Chris White, MP for Warwick and Leamington, was elected by MPs and Lords present at the Group’s AGM held at the House of Commons on 10th October.   

Chris White takes over from Richard Benyon MP, a former waterways minister who continues as a vice chair. Also elected as vice chairs of the Group were Cheryl Gillan MP, Ranil Jayawardena MP, Wendy Morton MP, John Cryer MP, Lord German and Baroness Randerson.

IWA also welcomes the Group’s new mission statement, which reflects the wider range of activities taking place on the UK’s waterways, particularly in terms of regeneration and restoration.  The 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.”

Chris White said:  “I am delighted to have been elected chair of the Waterways APPG. With Warwick and Leamington being home to an important part of the canal network, not least Hatton Locks, I look forward to promoting the case of inland waterways with regards to their economic, environmental, historical and touristic importance.”



Chris White MP.  Higher resolution versions and alternative images available on request.

Press Contact

For further information please contact Alison Smedley, Press Office, The Inland Waterways Association, by emailing 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.
IWA - Keeping our waterways alive.



Chris White MP.  Higher resolution versions and alternative images available on request.