Corbyn fails to land the big prize… in Westminster dog of the year comp

Written by Dods staff on 6 September 2018 in Diary

Labour MP Mike Amesbury's pooch is called Corbyn - but apparently he's not to blame for the name.

Congratulations to Labour MP Alex Norris whose dogs his dogs Boomer and Corona have emerged triumphant in the 2018 Westminster Dog of the Year competition.

Former Conservative chief whip Andrew Mitchell’s pooch Scarlet Whosabootiful Mitchell came second, while fellow Tory MP Cheryl Gillan’s recue dog Goosebury came third.

For shadow employment minister Mike Amesbury and his dog Corbyn, it was a case of close but no cigar. Corbyn won the ‘pawblic vote’ but missed out on the big prize. Chatting after that victory, Amesbury suggested that he was not directly responsible for naming his dog after his party’s leader. Rather the choice was made by his eight-year-old son Ted.

Now that’s what we call getting the youth vote…

The annual event is hosted by the Kennel Club and Dogs Trust and takes place in Victoria Tower Gardens. It is open to all parliamentarians' dogs, regardless of breed, creed or ‘pawlitical persuasion’. According to Kennel Club Secretary Caroline Kerso, 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 full line up this year was:

•    Mike Amesbury (Weaver Vale) with his dog, Corbyn
•    Diana Johnson MP (Hull North) with a Dogs Trust rescue dog
•    Jo Churchill MP (Bury St Edmunds) with her dog, Wellington (Welly)
•    Cheryl Gillan MP (Chesham and Amersham) with a Dogs Trust rescue dog
•    Michael Gove (Surrey Heath) with his dog, Muffin
•    Sue Hayman (Workington) with a Dogs Trust rescue dog
•    Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield) with his dog, Scarlet Whosabootiful Mitchell
•    Alex Norris (Nottingham North) with his dogs, Boomer and Corona
•    Jo Platt (Leigh) with a Dogs Trust rescue dog
•    Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury) with his dog, Tiger
•    Rebecca Pow (Taunton Deane) with a Dogs Trust rescue dog
•    Anna Turley (Redcar) with her dog, Clem


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