Canal Boat - - The Boat Test -

IF YOU LOOK up bio­graph­i­cal de­tails about Lord and Lady Trim­ble, you’ll find a long list of po­lit­i­cal achieve­ments. David was leader of the Ul­ster Union­ist Party for ten years from 1995, and helped ne­go­ti­ate the Good Fri­day Agree­ment in North­ern Ire­land in 1998. He was the first First Min­is­ter of North­ern Ire­land, be­tween 1998 and 2002, an MP for 15 years, and a mem­ber of the North­ern Ire­land As­sem­bly for nearly ten. He was made a Life Peer in 2006.

Lady Trim­ble has served on the Equal­ity Com­mis­sion for North­ern Ire­land, and on the North­ern Ire­land Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion. She un­suc­cess­fully stood for Par­lia­ment in 2010.

But through­out all this time, they’ve also en­joyed es­cap­ing to the wa­ter­ways. They first hired a boat in 1998, once their youngest daugh­ter was old enough, at six. “She re­sented wear­ing a life­jacket, though!” re­calls David. They con­tin­ued to hire ev­ery cou­ple of years.

When he lost his seat at the 2005 Gen­eral Elec­tion (“the elec­torate de­cided I was ready for a rest”, he says, adding that they were prob­a­bly right), they used the Com­mons equiv­a­lent of a re­dun­dancy pay­ment to­wards buy­ing their

– own boat. In re­cent years, the cou­ple have man­aged many ex­tended cruises, spend­ing eight or ten weeks of the Par­lia­men­tary sum­mer re­cess on board. They’ve twice been to the Con­ser­va­tive Party con­fer­ence in Birm­ing­ham by boat, mak­ing the most of a free moor­ing in the city cen­tre, while other at­ten­dees were stung by in­flated ho­tel prices...

op­po­site side of the boat, there’s an­other small unit. Job done David and Phill

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