James GRAY   Conservative MP for North Wiltshire

James Gray MP tabled a motion in Parliament this week to congratulate the High Sheriff of Wiltshire, David Hempleman-Adams, and his crew of the Northabout on their successful circumnavigation of the North Pole over a single Arctic summer.

Mr Gray also stated that whilst this is cause for celebration of the achievement of Mr Hempleman-Adams and his crew; this circumnavigation serves as a stark reminder of the necessity for action against climate change.

The motion states:

“That this House congratulates the great British explorer David Hempleman-Adams and his team on-board the 42 foot aluminium hulled yacht, Northabout, for successfully transiting the North East Passage and the North West Passage, thereby circumnavigating the North Pole in a single Arctic summer on 12 September 2016; notes that this is a feat never before achieved by a British boat and so is a singular record in the annals of Great British exploring; while rejoicing in that accomplishment, nevertheless expresses concern that this is clear evidence of the speed at which the Arctic sea-ice is retreating; and calls on the Government to renew its efforts to combat climate change.”