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Porn director: Let polls decide

PUBLISHED: 10:08 18 March 2010 | UPDATED: 10:08 12 August 2010

IT S for voters to decide whether a porn director is elected to parliament, an MEP has said.

IT'S for voters to decide whether a porn director is elected to parliament, an MEP has said.

Baroness Sarah Ludford, a Liberal Democrat MEP, represents London and is a life peer in the House of Lords.

She spoke to the Reporter after we broke the story tshat Anna Arrowsmith - known in the trade as Anna Span - had been selected as Gravesham Liberal Democrat candidate.

Baroness Ludford, a Lib Dem European justice and human rights spokeswoman, said: "I think the important thing about her is if she is a good local candidate. Reports I have seen suggest she is.

"Her career is up to her and it's up to local people to gauge whether that's a relevant factor in their assessment of her.

"It's not everybody's cup of tea, her chosen professional life. But it's not my opinion that counts, it's whether local people take that into account in their assessment of her. They are perfectly entitled to do so or not to do so."

Baroness Ludford said the selection process was not done at MEP level but agreed it had attracted headlines.

She added: "Some people have been controversial because of what they have said about the reform of drugs law. That's something opinions are very divided about.

"No one is accusing her of acting illegally. That would be an issue, of course, if she was breaking the law. That would be a matter for the party as a whole. If she is not breaking the law it's a matter for the local electorate whether she is a good candidate."

Mrs Arrowsmith was selected as parliamentary candidate after Bruce Parmenter stood down on health grounds. She told the Reporter: "I would say to the people of Gravesend, don't judge me by the industry as a whole."

Party leader Nick Clegg added his support, despite admitting the profession was "not exactly my cup of tea"

Mrs Arrowsmith, 38, has produced around 300 movies in a 12-year career, with titles include Eat Me/Keep Me and Where's the Rent Boys? aimed towards a female audience.

She was named best director in the 2008 and 2009 UK Adult Film and Television Awards.

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