Wetherby MP Alec Shelbrooke is sniffing out his second election win with the help of some four-legged friends.
The MP for Elmet and Rothwell and his two dogs - seven-year-old Jack Russell/poodle cross Boris and three-year-old West Highland Terrier Maggie will compete with other politicians and their pooches to win the coveted Westminster Dog of the Year 2015 title.
Proud owner, Alec explained: “Boris and Maggie are wonderful companions and my biggest supporters.
“Often found charming local constituents in Elmet and Rothwell and supporting door-to-door canvassing efforts, Boris and Maggie will now take centre stage to compete at this year’s Westminster Dog of the Year.
“With dogged determination, I have no doubt that they will win over the hearts of the voters and achieve a landslide victory.”
Dogs of all shapes and sizes will be whipping their MP and Peer owners into shape as they head to Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster, London to see who will be crowned top ‘pawlitical’ dog for 2015.
Organised jointly by the Kennel Club and Dogs Trust, the competition encourages open dialogue on dog welfare issues.
The Westminster Dog of the Year 2015 competition starts today at Victoria Tower Gardens.
The judging panel that will determine which pooch wins the highly desired crown which includes Adrian Burder, Dogs Trust Chief Executive and Mark Cocozza, from the Kennel Club General Committee.