A former Hounslow MP has put her political ambitions on ice - to go dog sledding across the Arctic.

Mary Macleod will traverse the frozen lakes and dense forests of Swedish Lapland with the help of a pack of huskies later this month.

The former Conservative MP for Brentford & Isleworth is attempting the epic journey to raise money for Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, which supports women affected by the disease.

"I wanted a challenge for the new year, which would also help a great cause and this seemed like the perfect thing," she said.

"Hopefully the money I raise will help the charity support more families and raise awareness of the condition, possibly preventing future deaths."

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Mary Macleod will spend a week traversing the Arctic Circle in a sled drawn by huskies (Pic: Getty Images)

Ms Macleod has been in the gym most days training for the trek, which will take place from January 29 to February 6, though her preparations have been disrupted by a twisted ankle.

She said she was looking forward to visiting the Arctic Circle, where she hopes to see the Northern Lights, for the first time.

Since losing out to Labour's Ruth Cadbury at last May's elections, following five years as an MP, she said she has been working as a special advisor to Scottish secretary David Mundell and is also on the boards of a couple of businesses.

Ms Macleod, who lives in Hammersmith , says she is still active in Hounslow, where she is a trustee of homeless charity The Shelter Project Hounslow and president of Chiswick Royal British Legion.

But asked whether she intends to stand again in Brentford & Isleworth at the next general election, she said it was too early to make any decisions about her political future.

You can sponsor Ms Macleod by donating on her online sponsorship page .