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.‘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.
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‘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.