MP Ian walks for water

Ian Lavery was one of more than 40 MPs who walked for water at Westminster.
Ian Lavery was one of more than 40 MPs who walked for water at Westminster.

MORPETH’S MP walked for water at Westminster as part of a global campaign.

Marking the United Nations World Water Day, Ian Lavery, pictured, joined hundreds of thousands of people across the globe who marched in solidarity with the almost 900 million people worldwide who still have no access to safe drinking water and the 2.6 billion people without a toilet.

International development organisations WaterAid and Tearfund hosted the London event, which saw Mr Lavery and more than 40 MPs get a taste for the daily reality for millions of people by carrying water containers on a short walk near the Houses of Parliament.

The MP for Wansbeck said: “Lack of water and sanitation traps some of the world’s poorest people in a vicious circle of disease, lost life chances and poverty.

“The burden of this crisis largely falls on women and children, and so I wanted to highlight the critical need for these basic services in the developing world.”

The event was part of ‘World Walks for Water’, organised by End Water Poverty. Campaigners in more than 50 countries took part.

It is estimated that in the world’s poorest countries, women and girls spend a staggering 40 billion hours every year fetching and carrying water.