A few months ago, Jeremy Corbyn and the then Shadow Secretary of State for DEFRA, Kerry McCarthy, commissioned Nick Palmer, former Labour MP for Broxtowe, and Michelle Thew, former PPC for Bexhill and Battle and CEO of Cruelty Free International, to prepare a substantial animal welfare package.

After wide consultation with interested organisations, the package was formally presented by Michelle and Nick at the LAWS fringe event at the Labour conference, where it received a very warm welcome, and it featured in the Conference speech of the current Shadow Secretary of State, Rachael Maskell. It will now enter the Labour policy machinery, but LAWS supporters are encouraged to send comments to the authors at: and, if they agree with the direction of the document, to ask their CLPs and MPs to send an endorsement.

Consultation Document

Impact – Nov 2016 – Final Version