Ex-Min­is­ter chairs canal MPs’ group

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RICHARD BENYON, THE MP who served as Wa­ter­ways Min­is­ter dur­ing the cru­cial changeover pe­riod be­tween the former Bri­tish Wa­ter­ways and the new Canal & River Trust, has been cho­sen to chair the newly re-es­tab­lished All Party Par­lia­men­tary Group for the Wa­ter­ways.

The Con­ser­va­tive mem­ber for New­bury was De­fra min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for wa­ter­ways from 2010 un­til 2013. Dur­ing this time he was heav­ily in­volved in the changes which took the wa­ter­ways from na­tion­alised industry to char­i­ta­ble trust in 2012.

Un­der par­lia­men­tary rules, the All Party Group has to be re-formed af­ter each gen­eral elec­tion and, at its in­au­gu­ral meet­ing, it elected Mr Benyon as its Chair­man. He said he “looked for­ward to work­ing with my col­leagues from all par­ties to pro­mote the in­ter­ests of the wa­ter­ways”.

The ap­point­ment has been wel­comed by The In­land Wa­ter­ways As­so­ci­a­tion, whose Na­tional Chair­man Les Etheridge (pic­tured, right, with Mr Benyon) said the Group had “ben­e­fited from hav­ing pre­vi­ous wa­ter­ways min­is­ters as Chair”.

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