STROUD MP David Drew is the occupant of the first constituency office in England to be officially 'cruelty-free'.

Staff at the premises in Lansdown have been honoured by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) for not using cleaning products tested on animals.

"I have taken a lot of interest in animal welfare issues," said Mr Drew, a long-time vegetarian.

"I this day and age, there are products which are clearly cruelty-free and it is one of the things you should check for before buying."

Mr Drew was one of several MPs who signed an early day motion in Parliament as part of the BUAV's, Clean Up Cruelty campaign, calling for the House of Commons to make its offices cruelty-free.

He was presented with a certificate by Jenny Gowen, the BUAV’s senior parliamentary adviser, on Friday, April 17.

"The aim is to make the point that it’s really easy to make your constituency office cruelty-free, which means it’s also easy to do it in a home, school or hospital," she said.