There was a worthy winner in Westminster today as Noodle, an 11
month old Cocker Spaniel/Poodle cross, belonging to Alan Duncan MP
for Rutland and Melton, triumphed in the 21stannual Westminster Dog
of the Year competition.
The competition, organised by the Kennel Club and Dogs Trust,
took place today (Thursday 10thOctober), in Victoria Tower Gardens,
Westminster. Noodle showed dogged determination as she battled it
out to defeat 13 paw-litical opponents to be crowned Westminster
Dog of the Year.
The MPs entering the competition campaigned hard, canvassing for
votes from the public before meeting the expert judges to boast
about their dog's heroic deeds and acts of devotion. For the first
time, the competition had a winner decided solely from this fought
for public vote which was Brodie, an Irish Wheaten Terrier owned by
MP for Falkirk, Eric Joyce.
MP, Alan Duncan, said of his Westminster Dog of the Year
champion: "I am absolutely thrilled to bits to have won Westminster
Dog of the Year. Noodle is a playful and well behaved dog which
caught the judges eye and I am very proud of her. I really
like this competition as it highlights the importance of
responsible dog ownership."
The judging panel - Clarissa Baldwin, CEO of Dogs Trust,
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, and MP Charlie Elphicke,
owner of 2012's winning dog Star - spent the morning with dogs from
different political persuasions and ambitions.
Commenting on the reasons Noodle was selected as the 2013
Westminster Dog of the Year, Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary
says: "Again this year we have seen lots of worthy dogs compete for
this title and the bond each MP has with their dog is uniquely
special. It was a difficult decision to make but Noodle and Alan
struck a chord with us all and are clearly popular with their
constituents too. Well done to Noodle, you truly deserve the title
of Westminster Dog of the Year."
Clarissa Baldwin, CEO of Dogs Trust continued: "It is fantastic
to see so many wonderful dogs in attendance with their devoted
owners. It seems to get harder every year to pick the winner. I
loved Alan's answer to the question, what Noodle would do if she
were Prime Minister? His answer was that she would allow a dog to
be a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize."
Leading the opposition in second place was Harry, a Fox Terrier
owned by MP for Dewsbury, Simon Reevell, with third place awarded
to Cholmeley, a Labrador owned by MP for Enfield Southgate, David