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Loads Of MPs Are Currently Emailing Each Other About Their Dogs

It's time for the Westminster Dog of the Year competition.

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A phenomenon has taken over Westminster and pictures of adorable dogs are being emailed to anyone with a parliamentary email address. Why? Because of the Westminster Dog of the Year competition.

BuzzFeed News got hold of some of these emails to find out more about some of the pooches taking part.

First up, there's Cholmeley, who's best mates with Conservative MP David Burrowes, won Hadley Wood's Waggiest Tail competition in 2012, and has been in the top three for the last two years.

On his doggy manifesto page, it says Cholmeley is ready to overcome his "fear of great heights" and climb to the top of the podium.

Some owners are particularly keen. Buster's pitch to voters got sent out five days ago.

His manifesto page says that in his "canine curriculum", Buster includes "fighting for England".

Note that whoever sent the email from the office of Andrew Rosindell, the Tory MP for Romford, changed the signature to make sure it seemed like an impassioned plea from Buster himself.

Sausage's email was sent out five days ago too. He's campaigning on a platform of cuteness.

Sausage, who's looked after by Tory MP Laurence Robertson, is a little more serious with his "canine curriculum".

In his manifesto, he says: "I'm against puppy farming; all dogs should be brought up as I am. They should be microchipped as I am. I also campaign to protect guide dogs from attack."

Kimbo the rescue dog's email was sent two days ago from the office of Tory MP Guto Bebb.

On his manifesto page, Kimbo describes himself as the perfect rescue dog, "intelligent, inquisitive, friendly and good with children as I have 5".

Meanwhile, Cosmo's email was only sent to those in parliament a few hours before voting closed. And rather than any sort of pitch, there was just a massive picture of his cute face.

Cosmo's owner is also a Conservative MP (Simon Reevell). But unlike the others, Cosmo is still a young puppy and is only 6 months old.

And his age is reflected in his manifesto page. Here are his answers to who he'd invite to a dinner party: Shaggy from Scooby-Doo, Dick Dastardly, and Tintin.

A source in parliament told BuzzFeed News that votes are up for grabs now. He said: "There's a mad scramble to get those last-minute swing voters. Some very tense dogs right now."

Either way, it might be time for MPs to stop emailing people about their dogs.

Siraj Datoo is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Siraj Datoo at siraj.datoo@buzzfeed.com.

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