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PUBLISHED: 17:49 10 March 2010 | UPDATED: 11:34 23 August 2010

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A FEMALE director of hardcore porn films is running for parliament in the forthcoming General Election. Gravesham Liberal Democrats have announced that Anna Arrowsmith (pictured below) managing director of adult film company Easy on the Eye, will stand a

A FEMALE director of hardcore porn films is running for parliament in the forthcoming General Election.

Gravesham Liberal Democrats have announced that Anna Arrowsmith (pictured above) managing director of adult film company Easy on the Eye, will stand as the parliamentary candidate for the party in the election that will take place in a matter of weeks.

Mrs Arrowsmith, who works under the pseudonym Anna Span, was the UK's first female director of hardcore films, and has produced about 300 movies, including Eat Me/Keep Me and Where's the Rent Boys?

The 38-year-old director first became involved in the industry 12 years ago in an attempt to make the industry more female friendly, and her films are aimed towards a female audience. She said: "I would say to the people of Gravesend, don't judge me by the industry as a whole.

"I have gone into the industry with a view to changing it and making it more female friendly. In this day and age people who live in a democratic society should be able to choose what they want to watch.

"I have spent years campaigning for equal opportunities for female workers and I think this has given me an excellent experience for the coming campaign."

Named best director in the 2008 and 2009 UK Adult Film and Television Awards, Mrs Arrowsmith, who also has a degree in fine arts and a Masters in Philosophy, is becoming involved in politics for the first time.

She said: "I remember as a seven-year-old watching Margaret Thatcher campaigning and voters being desperate for her to win, not because she was conservative, my family being Labour, but because she would be the first female prime minister.

"I don't know where that strong sense fight for female equality came from but it was there even then," she said.

Her father, Clive Thompson, was born Greenhithe and attended Gravesend Grammar School, so despite her living in Tunbridge Wells with her husband Tim, she still feels closely attached to the area.

The director replaces taxi driver Bruce Parmenter, who stood in the 2001 and 2005 general elections, but has decided to retire due to on-going health problems following an assault five years ago

Highlighting preventing the huge regeneration project in the heritage quarter as a major priority, Mrs Arrowsmith also pointed to the importance of encouraging business to move to Ebbsfleet to promote local employment.

She added: "If I were elected I would work extremely hard to make sure that the development down at Ebbsfleet benefited the local economy.

"Personally the reason I have gone into politics is I was rather disgusted at the expense issues. I am not a professional politician, I have worked all my life to set up a successful business and I want to fight for the rights of people in Gravesend."

The Liberal Democrats Party spokesperson said they supported the director. The spokesperson added: "The Liberal Democrats are proud to have candidates throughout the country with a great diversity of backgrounds and life experiences.

"Anna will be a strong candidate for Gravesham, and with her family links to the area we believe she is the best person to bring fairness to local people.

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