New chair for The All Party Parliamentary Group for the Waterways

05 Oct 2017
The All Party Parliamentary Group for the Waterways has elected John Grogan MP as its new chairman

The All Party Parliamentary Group for the Waterways has elected John Grogan MP as its new chairman

The All Party Parliamentary Group for the Waterways has elected John Grogan MP as its new chairman.

Mr Grogan, whose Yorkshire constituency of Keighley has the Leeds & Liverpool Canal running through it, is an experienced chair of All Party Parliamentary groups and pledged his support for IWA’s Waterway Manifesto during the run up to the general election campaign.

“The United Kingdom boasts over 6500 miles of inland waterways. They are important for tourism, the transport of goods and also as a home for many people,” said John Grogan MP.

“I hope to be a vigorous voice in championing the cause.”

Key issues facing the group over the coming months include waterway funding, provision of affordable moorings and waterway restoration.

Among the vice Chairman and Officers of the group remains previous Chairman and former Waterway Minister, Richard Benyon MP, along with Lord German, John Cryer MP, Wendy Morton MP, Michael Fabricant MP, Jonathan Lord MP, Conor McGinn MP and Ranil Jayawardena MP.

The APPGW exists to ensure interest in the waterways is not overlooked and they are preserved as  places to unwind and where recreational activities like boating, angling and other healthy exercising can be enjoyed, as well as preserving heritage.