Campaign backed in corridors of power

Lisa Nandy
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THE Wigan Evening Post’s campaign to reintroduce dog licensing has attracted political backing from local representatives in Westminster.

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy and Makerfield MP Yvonne Fovargue have become the latest high-profile figure to give their support to the Jade’s Law campaign in memory of tragic Atherton teenager Jade Lomas-Anderson.

The campaign, which has already attracted signatures from dozens of concerned residents across the borough, aims to bring back the compulsory licences which were scrapped in Great Britain in 1987 but are still used in Northern Ireland to make owners more accountable.

Ms Nandy said: “This is an important campaign by the Wigan Evening Post after the horrific attack on Jade Anderson. Too often these dogs are poorly treated by their owners and end up endangering the public.

“I support Labour’s plan to introduce Dog Control Notices which would ensure problem dogs are muzzled in public and banned from the streets if necessary, with owners forced to attend training sessions.

“We are a nation of animal lovers and the vast majority of dog owners are responsible, loving carers for their animals. However, we need to take action to protect innocent people from the small minority of irresponsible dog owners who fail to control their dogs.”

Ms Fovargue said: “All owners need to be accountable to their dogs, the irresponsible deterred and the abusive prosecuted. I congratulate the Wigan Evening Post in launching this campaign.

“Dog licensing has a crucial role to play in encouraging responsible dog ownership and that’s why I also support the introduction of micro-chipping of all dogs.”