• Westminster Dog of the Year

Westminster Dog of the Year


This year's Westminster Dog of the Year competition is taking place on October 10th and will see the canine comrades of MPs battle it out to be named Westminster Dog of the Year - arguably the most sought after title in politics.

This year sees the exciting 'Winner of the Paw-blic Vote' category, click below to find out more about each pawlitical contestant and discover what they would do if they were Prime Minister for the day.

Make sure you vote for your favourite!

See below for a list of entrants and the dogs' canine CVs*:

David Amess MP, Lily and Bo Southend West

David Burrowes MP and Cholmeley

Enfield Southgate

Rt Hon Alan Duncan MP and Noodle

Rutland and Melton

Richard Graham MP and Twiglet


Robert Halfon and rescue dog


Martin Horwood MP and rescue dog


Eric Joyce MP and Brodie


Tessa Munt MP and Poppy


Matthew Offord MP and Maximus


John Randall MP and Mortimer

Uxbridge and South Ruislip

Simon Reevell MP and Harry


Laurence Robertson MP and Sausage


Alec Shelbrooke MP and Maggie

Elmet and Rothwell

Caroline Spelman MP and rescue dog


Andrew Turner and rescue dog

Isle of Wight

*This list will be updated as new entries come in.  Competitors are encouraged to enter as early as possible to maximise votes from their constituents.

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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2012 competitiors

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