Tory Party leader David Cameron has been applauded for a pledge to be “entirely open and frank” about UFOs if he becomes Prime Minister.

Mr Cameron told a public meeting in Tynemouth that he believed in “freedom of information” about unidentified flying objects.

The Witney MP was questioned on Tuesday about the British public’s right to know if we had been “visited”, and replied: “I have no idea if there is intelligent life out there.

“I do believe in freedom of information and openness and this question has been asked from time to time, and I think we should be as open and clear as possible.

“I don’t think any of us have any clue whether there’s intelligent life out there and it is certainly not something that any Government should seek to hide from anyone.”

UFO expert Michael Soper, of Wheatley-based Contact International UFO Research, said: “I am all in favour of it. I think anyone who pushes back the wall of secrecy improves democracy.”

Mr Soper hoped information would be released about radar capabilities in the 1950s and 1960s, as his group had pictures of UFO sightings during that period.

He said: “We want to see physical evidence they have found.”