A local Labour MP has pledged her support to a new animal protection organisation that aims to put animal cruelty back on the political agenda.

Brentford and Isleworth MP, Ann Keen, has vowed to assist Vote Cruelty Free in its efforts to tackle issues such as animal experimentation, hunting, and the fur trade.

Ms Keen said: “I am pleased to join my constituents and colleagues in support of animal protection and I look forward to working with Vote Cruelty Free and the various animal welfare organizations to ensure that we do all we can to protect the wellbeing of our animal populations.”

The animal rights coalition has sent its manifesto to all candidates announced for the next General Election it has seen more than 270 politicians register their support for the organisation.

A Vote Cruelty Free spokesperson said:  “Animal protection is an issue close to the UK public’s heart but this is often not reflected in current political debate.  

“It is fantastic that Ann Keen MP has shown she believes in animal protection issues as much as her constituents in Brentford and Isleworth. We are calling on all candidates to follow her lead by pledging their support for Vote Cruelty Free.”

Vote Cruelty Free is a new non-partisan coalition of animal protection organisations comprising the BUAV (British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection), Compassion in World Farming, IFAW (International Fund For Animal Welfare) and Respect for Animals.