Labour finally beats the Conservatives... in Westminster Dog of the Year competition

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Labour MPs have taken heart from a rare victory - in the Westminster Dog Of The Year awards.

Labradoodles Clinton and Kennedy picked up the top gong for Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds, who remarked: "It's about time we won something."

The eight-year-old bitches beat off competition from a dog named after a Pokemon and a host of other MPs' hounds to be crowned only the second Labour winners in nine years.

Reynolds said he was "absolutely delighted", adding: "I speak for everyone in the Labour Party when I say it's about time we won something, so we might as well accept this.

"I'm very happy indeed."

Reynolds with Labradoodles Clinton, (right, and Kennedy (Geoff Caddick/PA)
Reynolds with Labradoodles Kennedy and Clinton (Geoff Caddick/PA)

Reynolds joked that the victory could prove a good omen for Hillary Clinton, who is battling Donald Trump for the United States presidency.

"They're obviously named after presidents (John F Kennedy and Bill Clinton)," the MP said.

Westminster Dog of the Year Competition 2016.
Reynolds, with Labradoodles Clinton and Kennedy. Left, Rebecca Harris with Lurcher Milo and, right, Liz Saville Roberts with Dogs Trust Rescue Dachshund Fiona (Geoff Caddick/PA)

"My wife says they could also be the first ladies - they could be Jackie Kennedy and Hillary Clinton, but there's now a crossover there - maybe that's a sign."

Reynolds won the judges' award after the 18 entrants showed off their dogs' skills on an obstacle course featuring hurdles and a tunnel, which Tory MP Craig Mackinlay felt obliged to crawl into to offer some tips to his Labrador Libby.