MP steps back in time to back Wa­ter Aid cam­paign

The Oban Times - - News 11 -

WEST High­land politi­cian, Ian Black­ford, added time travel to his list of new par­lia­men­tary ac­tiv­i­ties when he ex­pe­ri­enced life in the 19th cen­tury.

The Ross, Skye and Lochaber MP took a walk down ‘Vic­to­rian Street’, an ini­tia­tive by WaterAid, show­ing the sights and smells of the era when open sewage ran through roads and rivers.

The ini­tia­tive marks 150 years of mod­ern sew­ers in Bri­tain and forms part of the char­ity’s cam­paign to end the global wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion cri­sis.

Mr Black­ford said: ‘It has been eye- open­ing see­ing what life was like in Vic­to­rian Bri­tain when peo­ple lacked ac­cess to safe wa­ter and there was no de­cent sew­er­age sys­tem.

‘In­vest­ment in wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion had a huge im­pact on our health and de­vel­op­ment.

‘I am proud the UK par­lia­ment has made the his­toric com­mit­ment to end­ing global poverty, in­vest­ing 0.7 per cent of our na­tional in­come in in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment.

‘As we de­velop the sus­tain­able goals for ad­dress­ing global de­vel­op­ment, it is clear wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion must play a cen­tral role,’ he added.

STEP BACK IN TIME: Lochaber MP Ian Black­ford, right, ex­pe­ri­enced

life in Vic­to­rian Bri­tain

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