The Member of Parliament for Angus showed support for the rights of guide dog owners at an event in Parliament organised by the charity Guide Dogs.
Guide dogs are key for many people with sight loss to getting around independently, but research from the charity Guide Dogs has shown that 81% of guide dog owners have been turned away from shops, restaurants and others businesses because of their dogs.
This discrimination can be humiliating and debilitating, with almost half of guide dog owners saying they have changed their plans or restrict visits to avoid being refused.
Dave Doogan MP learnt more about the charity’s campaign to strengthen the law and requirements for training to prevent access refusals from happening in the first place.
Commenting on the event, Dave Doogan MP said:
“I am delighted to support this important campaign from Guide Dogs.
“Nobody who owns a guide dog should be refused entry to a setting because of their dogs. This is discrimination, and it is a disgrace that this still happens in today’s world.
“I was delighted to meet Phillip and learn more about the challenges guide dog owners face.
“I wholeheartedly back Guide Dogs’ calls to change the law, and look forward to supporting this in whatever way I can in the future.”
Eleanor Briggs, Head of Policy, Public Affairs and Campaigns at Guide Dogs, said: