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Tory is top dog in Westminster contest

Friday October 30th 2015

The Tories came out frontrunners in this year's competition to find Westminster's dog of the year.

The hotly contested event was won by Conservative MP Andrea Jenkyns with her double act of Lady and Godiva, a Schnauzer crossed with a Jack Russell/Labrador and a mini-Schnauzer respectively.

She said the secret to winning was "long eyelashes and lots of hair like Godiva".

Second place in the 18th Westminster Dog of the Year scrap went to another Tory MP, Penny Mordaunt, with her pet pooch Carla, while third spot was claimed by Labour's Chris Matheson with Dogs Trust rescue dog Noddy.

Labour's nose was pushed out of joint this year after the party triumphed overall in 2014 with Rob Flello's dog Diesel, who managed to take the lead despite stiff competition from Justice Secretary Michael Gove's Bichon Frise puppy Snowy.

Judging was carried out by representatives from the Dogs Trust charity and the Kennel Club, which jointly host the event. A public vote online was fiercely canvassed for by the MPs on social media.

The event, which is held to promote issues affecting dogs in the UK, this year focused on protecting access for dog walkers to open spaces across the country.

Copyright Press Association 2015