East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight was one of sixty-five MPs and peers who joined Cats Protection at its annual Christmas Parliamentary Reception to celebrate the charity’s campaigning work.

The event, held in the Palace of Westminster, was to highlight the work of the charity in helping improve the lives of cats and their owners.

Politicians were able to find out more about the charity’s work in calling for the licensing of air guns in England and Wales to prevent cats being the victims of shootings.

Cats Protection is the UK’s leading cat charity, helping around 200,000 cats every year through a network of over 250 voluntary-run branches and 36 centres.

The charity’s Head of Advocacy & Government Relations Jacqui Cuff said: “Cats are much-loved pets for millions of people in the UK, so we were pleased to welcome Sir Greg and other politicians who were keen to find out how we’re helping improve the lives of cats.

Sir Greg said that he was backing the charity’s call to make it illegal to own an airgun without a licence.

Speaking in the House of Commons after the event Sir Greg said: “In 2016, 202 cats in the UK were reported as being shot with an airgun. 90% of these attacks were in England and Wales where it is possible to own an airgun without a licence unlike Northern Ireland where the incidence of cat shooting is much lower”.

The MP also praised the work of the charity.