MP go­ing up in the world with rock climb­ing ses­sion

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS -

MP David Rut­ley is used to climb­ing through the po­lit­i­cal ranks, but he en­joyed a moun­taineer­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with a dif­fer­ence on a visit to Helsby.

Mr Rut­ley, along with fel­low MP Graham Evans, was shown the ropes in a climb­ing and ab­seil­ing ses­sion or­gan­ised by the Bri­tish Moun­taineer­ing Coun­cil (BMC) to celebrate the health ben­e­fits and joys of climb­ing.

The MPs climbed along­side BMC pres­i­dent Re­han Sid­diqui and BMC train­ing of­fi­cer Jon Gar­side.

Mr Rut­ley, co-chair­man of the Moun­taineer­ing All Party Par­lia­men­tary Group, said: “It’s good to see in­ter­est in out­door recre­ation in­creas­ing and the mem­ber­ship of the Bri­tish Moun­taineer­ing Coun­cil grow­ing.

“I think this is a sign that more peo­ple are get­ting out­doors and dis­cov­er­ing the ad­ven­tur­ous pos­si­bil­i­ties of our won­der­ful coun­try­side. Out­door ac­tiv­i­ties are a pos­i­tive way to tackle the chal­lenge of phys­i­cal in­ac­tiv­ity.”

BMC pres­i­dent Re­han Sid­diqui said: “I was thrilled to share the joys of climb­ing with David and Graham. We’re call­ing for politi­cians to be gen­uine ad­vo­cates for out­door recre­ation – help­ing to cham­pion the health ben­e­fits and to pro­tect our coun­try­side and green spa­ces.”

●● David Rut­ley (right) with Graham Evans MP (sec­ond left), his son Tom and BMC pres­i­dent Re­han Sid­diqui at Helsby cliff

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