Zinzan to be judged against other MPs' loyal pets

This Is Wiltshire: Devizes MP Claire Perry Devizes MP Claire Perry

Devizes MP Claire Perry's 11-year-old Labrador, Zinzan, will be judged alongside other MPs' dogs from all over the UK which are in the running to win the title of Westminster Dog of the Year.

Retrievers will be raring to race and greyhounds will be going for gold as dogs of all shapes and sizes battle it out at Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster.

Organised jointly by Dogs Trust and the Kennel Club, the competition offers the chance for Mrs Perry to show off Zinzan.

Mrs Perry said: "Zinzan and I are extremely excited to be representing the Devizes constituency and going head to head with my fellow MPs at this year’s Westminster Dog of the Year.

“I have every faith that Zinzan will give the other dogs a run for their money as he is full of energy and has a lovely nature which I’m hoping will wow the judges and make him a hot contender for the title.”

With post-Olympic fever still lingering in the air, a competitive doggy dash is being incorporated into this year’s event which will see the MPs’ pooches tested on their speed and agility.

Judging on the day will review the contestants on their heroic doggy deeds, winning personalities and acts of dogged devotion, which will then determine which political pooch is most deserving of the title.

Clarissa Baldwin, chief executive of the Dogs Trust, said: “Dogs are renowned for bringing people together and this competition is no exception.

"Westminster Dog of the Year is a light-hearted way to encourage discussion on serious dog welfare issues needing urgent attention, as well as demonstrating the importance of dogs in our lives.”

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8:51pm Tue 16 Oct 12

Grumpy of Calne. says...

Who's paying for this, tax payer!
Who's paying for this, tax payer! Grumpy of Calne.
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9:13pm Tue 16 Oct 12

freddie_W says...

Grumpy of Calne. wrote:
Who's paying for this, tax payer!
Its Dog-**** politics, something Claire Perry is very good at.
[quote][p][bold]Grumpy of Calne.[/bold] wrote: Who's paying for this, tax payer![/p][/quote]Its Dog-**** politics, something Claire Perry is very good at. freddie_W
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9:52pm Tue 16 Oct 12

WR950 says...

This woman earns at least £60k a year of tax payers money and this is what she spends her time doing?! It makes my blood boil. Apparently we're all in it together? £60k a year for messing about at a dog show sounds good to me.
This woman earns at least £60k a year of tax payers money and this is what she spends her time doing?! It makes my blood boil. Apparently we're all in it together? £60k a year for messing about at a dog show sounds good to me. WR950
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9:59pm Tue 16 Oct 12

Bottom Of The Barrel says...

WR950 wrote:
This woman earns at least £60k a year of tax payers money and this is what she spends her time doing?! It makes my blood boil. Apparently we're all in it together? £60k a year for messing about at a dog show sounds good to me.
And the date of this highly worthwhile event? 25th October. A Thursday. Dogs-bo77ox politics
[quote][p][bold]WR950[/bold] wrote: This woman earns at least £60k a year of tax payers money and this is what she spends her time doing?! It makes my blood boil. Apparently we're all in it together? £60k a year for messing about at a dog show sounds good to me.[/p][/quote]And the date of this highly worthwhile event? 25th October. A Thursday. Dogs-bo77ox politics Bottom Of The Barrel
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10:43am Wed 17 Oct 12

Old retired bloke says...

Surely she must have a consience - messing about with dogs while getting paid from the public purse, disgusting!!! I hope all those who voted for her are regretting it!!
Surely she must have a consience - messing about with dogs while getting paid from the public purse, disgusting!!! I hope all those who voted for her are regretting it!! Old retired bloke
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8:18pm Wed 17 Oct 12

Daedalus says...

The whole country's going to the dogs anyway!
The whole country's going to the dogs anyway! Daedalus
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10:17am Fri 19 Oct 12

Don Jones says...

Outrageous! Imagine having a bit of fun with work colleagues after you've done a normal day. We're going to hell in a handcart.
Outrageous! Imagine having a bit of fun with work colleagues after you've done a normal day. We're going to hell in a handcart. Don Jones
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3:54pm Fri 19 Oct 12

freddie_W says...

Don Jones wrote:
Outrageous! Imagine having a bit of fun with work colleagues after you've done a normal day. We're going to hell in a handcart.
To be honest Don, i haven't had much time for Claire Perry since she voted against an EU referendum. Self interested politicians voting against the people who voted for them. outrageous.
[quote][p][bold]Don Jones[/bold] wrote: Outrageous! Imagine having a bit of fun with work colleagues after you've done a normal day. We're going to hell in a handcart.[/p][/quote]To be honest Don, i haven't had much time for Claire Perry since she voted against an EU referendum. Self interested politicians voting against the people who voted for them. outrageous. freddie_W
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4:29pm Fri 19 Oct 12

Don Jones says...

I've always found Claire Perry to be alright. She's bright and does seem to be hard working. However, it's clear her party has big plans for her. How many other people get given a such a safe seat as their first? Most never get one. So the Conservative party must also have know that when push comes to shove, she'll do what they tell her. Party comes before consituency for an ambitious politician.

But she's still entitled to put her dog in for a bleedin' dog show!
I've always found Claire Perry to be alright. She's bright and does seem to be hard working. However, it's clear her party has big plans for her. How many other people get given a such a safe seat as their first? Most never get one. So the Conservative party must also have know that when push comes to shove, she'll do what they tell her. Party comes before consituency for an ambitious politician. But she's still entitled to put her dog in for a bleedin' dog show! Don Jones
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10:10pm Fri 19 Oct 12

Bottom Of The Barrel says...

Don Jones wrote:
I've always found Claire Perry to be alright. She's bright and does seem to be hard working. However, it's clear her party has big plans for her. How many other people get given a such a safe seat as their first? Most never get one. So the Conservative party must also have know that when push comes to shove, she'll do what they tell her. Party comes before consituency for an ambitious politician.

But she's still entitled to put her dog in for a bleedin' dog show!
Not while her leader is telling us we're 'all in it together' and have to work that little bit harder to get this country out of its current mess. Unless it's going to be a floodlit event it's going to be taking place in her already very short working day.
[quote][p][bold]Don Jones[/bold] wrote: I've always found Claire Perry to be alright. She's bright and does seem to be hard working. However, it's clear her party has big plans for her. How many other people get given a such a safe seat as their first? Most never get one. So the Conservative party must also have know that when push comes to shove, she'll do what they tell her. Party comes before consituency for an ambitious politician. But she's still entitled to put her dog in for a bleedin' dog show![/p][/quote]Not while her leader is telling us we're 'all in it together' and have to work that little bit harder to get this country out of its current mess. Unless it's going to be a floodlit event it's going to be taking place in her already very short working day. Bottom Of The Barrel
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9:05am Sun 21 Oct 12

judgeatnam says...

Just been informed that Anne Widdecombe has been banned from entering yet she doesn't even own a dog!

On a more serious note though, what a complete and utter waste of time and space this story is.
Just been informed that Anne Widdecombe has been banned from entering yet she doesn't even own a dog! On a more serious note though, what a complete and utter waste of time and space this story is. judgeatnam
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6:36am Tue 23 Oct 12

wondering why says...

yawn, or fiddling while rome burns
yawn, or fiddling while rome burns wondering why
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