Westminster Dog of the Year cancelled for second time amid Brexit protests

EDITORIAL USE ONLY Tiger, a Mini Dachshund belonging to Laurence Robertson MP during the 26th annual Westminster Dog of the Year competition, which was won by Boomer and Corona, belonging to Alex Norris MP. The competition is organised jointly by Dogs Trust and The Kennel Club at Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster.
Tiger, a Mini Dachshund belonging to Laurence Robertson MP, won’t be performing this year after the contest was cancelled (Picture: PA)
As Brexit continues to dominate the news agenda there are many things that are being pushed to the side – one of them being a very important dog show. Westminster Dog of the Year has been cancelled for the second time in two weeks, amid safety concerns for MPs taking part.

The contest, which has been running for 27 years, is open to ‘all parliamentarians’ dogs, regardless of breed, creed or pawlitical persuasion’.

But the annual show was cancelled on Friday due to organisers fearing for the safety of MPs and their dogs amid growing protests.

Organised by The Kennel Club and Dogs Trust, the contest had been rearranged for Thursday but has been called off again. Instead of a panel judging the winner, an MP will take home the top prize solely based on the Pawblic vote, which is usually a separate winning.
EDITORIAL USE ONLY Boomer (right) and Corona, belonging to Alex Norris MP are announced as winners of the 26th Westminster Dog of the Year competition organised jointly by Dogs Trust and The Kennel Club at Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster.
MP Alex Norris’ border collies Corona (left) and Boomer were last year’s winners (Picture: PA)
EDITORIAL USE ONLY Mike Amesbury MP with Cockapoo, Corbyn, winner of the Pawblic Vote award during the 26th annual Westminster Dog of the Year competition, which was won by Boomer and Corona, belonging to Alex Norris MP. The competition is organised jointly by Dogs Trust and The Kennel Club at Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster.
Cockapoo Corbyn, belonging to Mike Amesbury MP, was the winner of 2018’s Pawblic Vote (Picture: PA)
EDITORIAL USE ONLY Jo Platt MP with Lurcher Pam during the 26th annual Westminster Dog of the Year competition, which was won by Boomer and Corona, belonging to Alex Norris MP. The competition is organised jointly by Dogs Trust and The Kennel Club at Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster.
MP Jo Platt got off to a good start last year with Lurcher Pam (Picture: PA)
‘This is due to concerns about the increase in protests around Parliament; ensuring the safety of the dogs and the MPs taking part is absolute priority.

The routine of caring for a pet can bring structure and purpose to daily life. Maybe you don’t always want to get out of bed, but your pet wants you to. Isn’t that a good thing?

‘The public have been voting for their favourite canine pairing candidate, so despite the event cancellation, the winner of the ‘pawblic’ vote will be announced in due course as the overall 2019 Westminster Dog of the Year.’

Last year, Labour MP for Weaver Vale was the winner of the Pawblic Vote, with his Cockapoo named Corbyn. MP for Nottingham North Alex Norris took home the Westminster Dog of the Year award for his border collies, Boomer and Corona.