Wa­ter­ways MP hon­oured

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WA­TER­WAYS MIN­IS­TER FROM 2010 to 2013 Richard Benyon (left) is pic­tured re­ceiv­ing the In­land Wa­ter­ways As­so­ci­a­tion’s Par­lia­men­tar­ian of the Year award from IWA Chair­man Les Etheridge.

The award recog­nises of his sup­port for the canals es­pe­cially dur­ing the crit­i­cal pe­riod when the for­mer Bri­tish Wa­ter­ways was be­ing trans­formed into the Canal & River Trust.

Mr Etheridge called it a “brave and wise” de­ci­sion to move the wa­ter­ways to a char­ity, while Mr Benyon, Con­ser­va­tive mem­ber for New­bury, de­scribed his in­volve­ment as a once-in-a-life­time ex­pe­ri­ence.

Ap­pro­pri­ately, the IWA ban­ner be­hind them de­picts the River Thames, a hot topic dur­ing the cer­e­mony with IWA, CRT and Mr Benyon all ex­press­ing their sup­port for the trans­fer of the En­vi­ron­ment Agency rivers to CRT.

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