Martin was President of Cheltenham & East Gloucestershire RSPCA and a member of the all-party parliamentary group for animal welfare.
He has been active in Cheltenham and in parliament promoting the welfare of animals in the UK and abroad. He opposes repeal of the hunting ban, has called for an end to commercial whaling and successfully supported legislation to ban wild animals in circuses and to introduce universal microchipping of dogs.
He has consistently opposed the Gloucestershire badger cull and supported alternative approaches to keep both badger and cattle populations healthy as advocated by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.
In 2009 he was voted Animal Welfare Champion 2009 by his parliamentary colleagues of all parties. He was nominated by Cheltenham charity Naturewatch.
By 2015, Cheltenham was enjoying its strongest economy in years with a big drop in unemployment, local businesses reporting healthy order books and both businesses and householders still enjoying low interest rates and mortgage payments. Martin backed both the coalition government and Cheltenham's LibDem-led council in taking the tough decisions necessary to build sustainable prosperity and worked hard to lobby for and promote local business.
All this is now at risk from the Conservative's suicidal drive towards a hard 'Brexit' which could could see the UK drop out of the world's largest single markest like a crate of eggs out of the back of a lorry. The Conservatives' initial arrogance and agrressive approach towards the EU negotiations and their chaotic and unco-ordinated approach to Brexit generally is undermining business confidence further.
Watch Martin as our MP back in more cheerful times, promoting Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce's new business centre here:
New research from Home Heat Helpline shows as many as 3000 households are eligible for help to keep their home warm this winter.
Better public transport is crucial to our economy, our quality of life and our battle against climate change. Throughout his ten years as our MP, Martin successfully campaigned to protect local rail services and to win new investment in track and station so that the nearly two million passenger journeys that now start at Cheltenham Spa each year can be quicker and more convenient for personal, business and tourist travel.
Martin Horwood MP met with staff, volunteers and puppies from the charity Guide Dogs yesterday to receive a custom-made Christmas cracker, thanking them for their support this year.