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Name: Keith Mann
Candidate for: Oxford West & Abingdon
Party: The Animal Protection Party
Votes: No votes available yet
KEITH Mann, 43, is from Rochdale, Manchester, and the most controversial candidate for the seat.
The father-of-one is a former prominent member of the Animal Liberation Front and has spent time in prison for his involvement in campaigns.
In 1991 he was arrested after a sabotage campaign of fire attacks on slaughterhouse lorries in Oldham. He escaped police custody and was on the run for 10 months before being recaptured.
He was sentenced to 14 years, reduced to 11 on appeal, after being found guilty of 21 offences.
It is the first time the Animal Protection Party has stood for election and it has fielded candidates in four constituencies where it does not agree with animal testing facilities.
Mr Mann admitted the party has no manifesto or policies, but is campaigning against Oxford’s animal testing laboratory in South Parks Road and Lib Dem candidate Dr Evan Harris’ support for experiments.
In 2005, Mr Mann was found guilty of organising a raid on Hampshire’s Wickham Laboratories in 2003, which led to 695 mice being stolen.
After receiving a 230-hour community punishment order he was jailed for six months for contempt of court after threatening the laboratory’s director while leaving court. Mr Mann is now seeking ways of changing policy through legal means.
He said: “I want to get my message out there and provide people with information so Evan Harris doesn’t keep his seat.”
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