Nick Thomas-Symonds is pictured with Lynn and five-month-old guide dog in training Barnaby

Nick Thomas-Symonds MP met with staff, volunteers and puppies from the charity Guide Dogs on 13 December to receive a Christmas gift, thanking them for their support this year.

The charity set up a makeshift grotto in Parliament to hand out messages of thanks to MPs that have supported the charity in 2017. The gift, a miniature stocking, was filled with Christmas messages, highlighting Guide Dogs’ campaign for a national law on pavement parking.

Nick Thomas-Symonds commented: “It was a pleasure to meet the guide dog puppies in training and receive my thank-you stocking from Guide Dogs. I have been pleased to support Guide Dogs in trying to find a solution on the issue of pavement parking during my time in Parliament. Having undertaken a “blindfolded walk” around Pontypool myself I fully appreciate the challenges and difficulties faced by so many people.”

Guide Dogs Campaigns Manager James White said: “We are very grateful for all of the support that Members of Parliament give to Guide Dogs.

“As well as saying thank you to Nick for their help this year, we used this opportunity to raise awareness about the dangers of parking on pavements and to call for a change in the law”

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