Guide dog is best friend for MP's city walk
An MP relied on the eyes of a guide dog when he took to the streets blindfolded.
Jon Ashworth, who represents Leicester South, wanted to experienced the problems faced by blind and visually impaired people in the busiest shopping streets.
The Guide Dogs for the Blind charity provided a canine companion called Tim for Mr Ashworth while he tried to negotiate crowded shops and avoid street clutter.
Mr Ashworth said: "In a busy city such as Leicester, guide dogs can be essential for some people.
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"Hopefully, my blindfolded walk will raise awareness of the good work the charity does."
A Guide Dogs engagement officer, said: "We are delighted to be in Jon's constituency and getting his support.
"At Guide Dogs, we are committed to ensuring that all blind and partially-sighted can enjoy the same freedom of movement as everybody else.
"The reality is that they have to overcome extraordinary challenges every day to do the things that the rest of us take for granted.
"It is only by being able to meet people like Jon and for them to experience sight loss that we can hope to achieve this."