IWA cor­ners the politi­cians

Canal Boat - - This Month -

FOL­LOW­ING the re­cent Gen­eral Elec­tion the In­land Wa­ter­ways As­so­ci­a­tion wasted no time in be­gin­ning talk­ing to mem­bers of the new Par­lia­ment.

A par­lia­men­tary re­cep­tion at­tracted MPs from the Gov­ern­ment and var­i­ous op­po­si­tion par­ties as well as mem­bers of the House of Lords.

The move fol­lowed on from IWA’s Wa­ter­way Man­i­festo, in which it asked can­di­dates to pledge their sup­port for its cam­paigns.

IWA rep­re­sen­ta­tives raised a va­ri­ety of top­ics with the politi­cians, one of the more im­por­tant be­ing the pro­posed trans­fer of the En­vi­ron­ment Agency’s rivers to the Canal & River Trust, which IWA sup­ports and had been thought to be not far from a min­is­te­rial de­ci­sion ear­lier this year; it has been put back on hold by the elec­tion.

Other top­ics raised in­cluded af­ford­able moor­ings; the im­pact of HS2 on canals; restora­tion projects; and the re­con­ven­ing of the All-Party Par­lia­men­tary Group for Wa­ter­ways. IWA Na­tional Chair­man Les Etheridge said the As­so­ci­a­tion was “pleased that so many MPs and peers were able to take time out of their busy sched­ules to drop in”, and IWA looked for­ward to “work­ing with them in the fu­ture both na­tion­ally and lo­cally”.

One thing that hasn’t changed with the new par­lia­ment is the iden­tity of the Wa­ter­ways Min­is­ter: Thérèse Cof­fey, mem­ber for Suf­folk Coastal, re­tains the po­si­tion.

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