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Local Labradoodles Win Westminster Dog of the Year
Friday 9th September 2016 @ 10:30 by Tom Greggan
News Stalybridge

Two dogs from Stalybridge have wagged home to victory as Westminster Dog of the Year.

Clinton and Kennedy are the beloved pets of Jonathan Reynolds, the Member of Parliament for Stalybridge & Hyde. The labradoodles travelled down to parliament to participate in the prestigious contest organised by The Dogs Trust and The Kennel Club.

The competition saw around twenty canine comrades of MPs battle it out to be named Westminster Dog of the Year – arguably the most sought after title in politics.

Jonathan Reynolds MP said: “I’m thrilled by Clinton and Kennedy’s veterinary victory. They have been much loved members of my family for nearly nine years and are brilliant with our four children. In particular, they are the very best friends of my eldest son Jack, who has autism. The Labour Party has had a bit of a rrrrough time lately so it was nice to see a rare Labour win!

Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds with his champion Labradoodles, Clinton and Kennedy!

Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds with his champion Labradoodles, Clinton and Kennedy!

“It was a bit surreal to take them to the House of Commons and the BBC studios. I’m relieved they behave themselves paw-fectly!

“I want to say a huge thank you to Sharron, our dog groomer, based on Ridge Hill Lane, for giving them a top notch hair cut before their big day. They looked fabu-woof!

“I also wanted to thank all my constituents for voting for Clinton and Kennedy. I can often be seen out walking Clinton and Kennedy round Cheetham Park, Stalybridge Country Park or Hurst Clough.

“I am usually asked what breed they are –they are labradoodles, their mum was a Labrador and their dad was a poodle. I am also asked about their unusual names. Yes, they are named after American Presidents, but no, I won’t be naming any future dogs Trump!”.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said; “The serious side of this competition is about MPs getting together with the Kennel Club and Dogs Trust to promote responsible dog ownership and develop a partnership on dog welfare issues.”