UK. David Drew MP announced IWA Parliamentarian of the Year

Wednesday, 01 April 2009


The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) has made its 2009 award for ‘Parliamentarian of the Year’ to David Drew, MP for Stroud.

The award was made at an exclusive dinner at the House of Commons  yesterday evening (31 March), held on behalf of The Inland Waterways Association, which was hosted by Bob Laxton MP and attended by the Waterways Minister, Huw Irranca-Davies MP and  Anne McIntosh MP shadow minister,  as well as many leading waterways MPs from all the major parties.

All the MPs present had made significant contributions to the well-being of the waterways during the past year, and there were several leading contenders for the prestigious award.

In Presenting the Award to David Drew MP , Clive Henderson, national chairman of IWA said :

“David has shown dogged determination not to let severe difficulties and setbacks cause a major strategic restoration within his constituency to falter, and has given support and guidance to his local authority and local Trust and helped rescue what might initially have seemed a lost cause. He has attended all the adjournment debates, and worked furiously behind the scenes to bring many elements together, being a willing ear to IWA concerns.

 He has also been generous in his support of the waterways in general by chairing the two select committee investigations into British Waterways, the reports from which have helped inform the debate on the future of the waterways and funding, and in doing so promoted waterways in the minds of Parliament and ministers, and not just helped support the cause of the Cotswold Canals restoration but of all waterways in general.”

The announcement met with widespread approval from all those who were present.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 April 2009 )