Left to right: Phil Buckley, Kennel Club External Affairs Manager, Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, Cherie Blair and Laura Vallance, Kennel Club External Affairs Assistant
Kennel Club representatives attended the Labour Party Conference last week and were encouraged by the welcome they received.
It was a 'Blair family affair' when Cherie Blair visited the stand, taking time out of her official tour, to speak to the Kennel Club regarding animal welfare issues. Her father also came to the stand to talk to the KC about his love of Jack Russell Terriers!
MPs who also visited the Kennel Club stand included: Diana Johnson, Adrian Bailey, Vera Baird QC, Angela Smith, David Drew and Defra Ministers Lord Rooker and Barry Gardiner.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: ‘This is the first year we have taken a stand at the Labour Party Conference and we have been very encouraged by the positive response received.
Politicians and delegates were genuinely interested in the canine issues that we were there to discuss such as docking and electric shock collars and it was a great opportunity for us to promote responsible dog ownership and dogs in general to this important political audience’.
Caroline concluded: ‘Our attendance was well worthwhile and we shall build on the relationships that we have made and take a number of matters forward with the politicians as the Animal Welfare Bill progresses’.
On Tuesday 4th October the KC attended the Conservative Party Conference at the invitation of the Conservative Animal Welfare Group to demonstrate the shock collars and discuss with Conservative politicians how these products can be banned as part of the Animal Welfare Bill.