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The All Party Parliamentary Group for the Waterways has elected John Grogan MP as its new chairman, following the start of the new Parliament.

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.

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

John Grogan MP said ““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. I hope to be a vigorous voice in championing the cause.”

All Party Parliamentary Group for the Waterways

The Group’s Mission Statement is: “To consider matters relating to navigable (and formerly navigable) rivers, canals, estuaries and lakes in the UK; including the potential social, economic and cultural impact of the regeneration of those waterways and extension of the system.”

The Secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Waterways is provided by Policy Connect working on behalf of The Inland Waterways Association.