• Westminster Dog of the Year

Westminster Dog of the Year

 

This year’s Westminster Dog of the Year competition took place on September 8th and was won by the gorgeous Kennedy and Clinton, two Labrador/Poodle crosses owned by Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Stalybridge and Hyde.

In second place was Milo, a Lurcher owned by Rebecca Harris, MP for Castle Point, and in third place was rescue dog Fiona, a Dachshund from Dogs Trust Basildon who competed with Liz Saville Roberts, MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd.

The ‘Paw-blic’ vote was won by Sgt Watchman V, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier who is the mascot for the Staffordshire Regiment. Watchman was entered into the event with Amanda Milling, MP for Cannock Chase, but was also supported by Andrew Griffiths MP for Burton, Gavin Williamson MP for South Staffordshire, Michael Fabricant MP for Lichfield, Christopher Pincher MP for Tamworth and Jeremy Lefroy MP for Stafford.

Celebrating a unique bond

The competition celebrates the unique bond between man and dog - and aims to promote responsible dog ownership. The competition is open to all parliamentarians' dogs, regardless of breed, creed or pawlitical persuasion.

Adrian Burder, Chief Executive of Dogs Trust, explains: "The Westminster Dog of the Year competition is so much more than a canine beauty pageant. The competition is strictly apolitical; judges will be looking for the dogs' good deeds and devotion to their owner - rather than policies, opinions or 'bottle'."

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, continued; "The serious side of this competition is about MPs getting together with the Kennel Club and Dogs Trust to promote responsible dog ownership and develop a partnership on dog welfare issues. The competition itself is light-hearted and an entertaining day out - not least because of the unusual criteria on which the dogs are judged!"

Look out for Westminster Dog of the Year 2017!

Below were the entries for Westminster Dog of the Year 2016.

MP Name

Political Party

Constituency

Nigel Adams

Conservative Selby and Ainsty 

Sir Paul Beresford

Conservative Mole Valley

Lisa Cameron

SNP East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow

Alex Chalk

Conservative Cheltenham

Rebecca Harris

Conservative Castle Point

Diana Johnson

Labour

Hull North

Craig Mackinlay

Conservative South Thanet

Rebecca Pow

Conservative Taunton Deane

Ian Paisley

Democratic Unionist Party North Antrim

Jonathan Reynolds

Labour/Co-op Stalybridge and Hyde

Antoinette Sandbach

Conservative Eddisbury

Liz Saville- Roberts

Plaid Cymru Dwyfor

Michelle Thomson

Independent Edinburgh West

Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Conservative Berwick-upon-Tweed

Anna Turley

Labour

Redcar

Craig Williams

Conservative Cardiff North

Daniel Zeichner

Labour Cambridge

Amanda Milling - Cannock Chase
Andrew Griffiths - Burton
Gavin Williamson - South Staffordshire
Michael Fabricant - Lichfield
Christopher Pincher - Tamworth
Jeremy Lefroy - Stafford

Conservative Stafford

This year's Westminster Dog of the Year competition will take place on October 29thand will see the canine comrades of MPs and Peers battle it out to be named Westminster Dog of the Year - arguably the most sought after title in politics.

 

Further information on this year's competition can be found here in due course.

 

More information on Westminster Dog of the Year

The competition celebrates the unique bond between man and dog - and aims to promote responsible dog ownership.  The competition is open to all parliamentarians' dogs, regardless of breed, creed or pawlitical persuasion.


Clarissa Baldwin, Chief Executive of Dogs Trust, explains: "The Westminster Dog of the Year competition is so much more than a canine beauty pageant.  The competition is strictly apolitical; judges will be looking for the dogs' good deeds and devotion to their owner - rather than policies, opinions or 'bottle'."


Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, continued; "The serious side of this competition is about MPs getting together with the Kennel Club and Dogs Trust to promote responsible dog ownership and develop a partnership on dog welfare issues. The competition itself is light-hearted and an entertaining day out - not least because of the unusual criteria on which the dogs are judged!"

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