MP's cocker spaniel to take part in Westminster show
Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan and her five-year-old cocker spaniel, Trouble, will compete with other politicians and their pooches for the coveted title of Westminster Dog of the Year 2016.
Dogs of all shapes and sizes will be whipping their MP owners into shape as they head to Victoria Tower Gardens on September 8, to find out who will be crowned top dog.
The theme of this year’s event focuses on the need for education to ensure that children understand how to interact safely with dogs.
Anne-Marie said: “Trouble is my biggest supporter and a part of the family. She deserves the centre stage after all of her years of loyalty and service on the political trail. She will always be a winner to me and proves very popular in Northumberland when we are out and about together.”
MPs will also be calling for their supporters to vote for them, in a bid to win the public vote, with additional judging on the day which will review the contestants on their heroic doggy deeds and winning personalities.
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This will then determine which political pooch will take home the ultimate parliamentary privilege of the ‘Westminster Dog of the Year 2016’ title.
The judging panel includes last year’s winning dog owner Andrea Jenkyns MP, Hugo Swire MP, Stephen Jenkinson of the Kennel Club and Graeme Robertson from Dogs Trust.
Details of MPs and dog entered for this year’s Westminster Dog of the Year can be found at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/westminsterdogoftheyear and to vote for Anne-Marie Trevelyan and Trouble please visit www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WDOTY2016