CALLS for autism-friendly pantos are being backed by Ministers - who hope thousands more children can enjoy the traditional family Christmas day out .

TV comic Paddy McGuinness and his wife earlier this week revealed how lights on the family Christmas tree had left their autistic kids feeling “anxious and unsettled”.

And now Tory Minister Sarah Newton is ‘right behind’ the plans and called on theatres to take on a three-point plan to encourage more kids with disabilities into their venues.

She wants them to cut down on artificial lighting or background music which autistic kids can struggle to filter out and include a “quiet space” so children can take a break to reduce stress levels.

More than 1 in 100 people in the UK are autistic.

But campaigners and charities argue that many theatre venues are failing to ensure all customers can enjoy the day out.

The Royal Albert Hall adapted their Christmas performance of The Snowman and Paddington Bear to create a better experience for those with disabilities.

They provided chill out spaces and sign language interpreters for the deaf.

Senior Tory Minister Sarah Newton told The Sun: “I’m right behind those who want to make the panto the best experience possible and I hope Sun readers will support our calls.

“Going to the panto is a great Christmas tradition, but too many autistic people are excluded from taking part in the festive fun. I’m calling on theatres to put the needs of autistic people and their families centre stage.”