Mr Andrew Bridgen, the MP for North West Leicestershire, has been named the Inland Waterways Association 2019 Parliamentarian of the Year at a reception held at The Houses of Parliament on 13th May 2019. Mr Bridgen was nominated for the award by members of both the Ashby Canal Trust and the Ashby Canal Association for his unwavering support and assistance regarding many difficult issues that have arisen on the Ashby Canal restoration. The shortlist of nominees for the award included John Bercow, MP for Buckingham; Prime Minister, Theresa May, MP for Maidenhead; Robert Buckland, MP for South Swindon; Lee Rowley, MP for NE Derbyshire and Pat McFadden, MP for Wolverhampton SE who were all commended for their high level of support for the waterways within their constituencies.
Presenting the award, IWA Chairman, Ivor Caplan, commented: “Andrew Bridgen is a very worthy winner of this year’s IWA Parliamentarian of the Year award. He has supported both the Ashby Canal Trust and the Ashby Canal Association in what would have otherwise been very difficult circumstances. He has worked with the District and County Councils to help resolve progress issues and has also been instrumental in securing funding for the project. We are seeing more MPs getting involved in waterways restorations and really appreciate all the help and support they provide.”
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