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


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 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.

"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.