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Today was the Westminster Dog of the Year competition.

The dogs are marching on #westminsterdog

Camilla Swift

@millsswift

The dogs are marching on #westminsterdog

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It's an annual competition in which MPs compete to see who has the best dog.

It's Westminster dog of the year day, most competitive vote in parliament. Here's David Burrowes MP with Cholmeley.

Jim Waterson

@jimwaterson

It's Westminster dog of the year day, most competitive vote in parliament. Here's David Burrowes MP with Cholmeley.

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It's organised by the Kennel Club. This year, fifteen MP/dog pairs entered the public vote.

Entering Maggie for Westminster Dog of the Year. Alway enjoy supporting @DogsTrust - hoping Maggie rocks Westminster

Alec Shelbrooke MP

@AlecShelbrooke

Entering Maggie for Westminster Dog of the Year. Alway enjoy supporting @DogsTrust - hoping Maggie rocks Westminster

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Weirdly, out of the 15 MPs who entered the contest, 12 are Conservatives. Tories are clearly "dog people".

Meet Madge - my rescue dog entering for Westminster dog of the year competition @dogstrustpr

Robert Halfon MP

@halfon4harlowMP

Meet Madge - my rescue dog entering for Westminster dog of the year competition @dogstrustpr

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Tessa Munt was the only Lib Dem present.

Having so much fun at Westminster Dog of the Year with @tessamunt #mpdogoftheyear

Vote4PoppyDog

@Vote4PoppyDog

Having so much fun at Westminster Dog of the Year with @tessamunt #mpdogoftheyear

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Fellow Lib Dem Martin Horwood was listed as one of the entrants, but it seems like he might not have turned up.

And Falkirk MP Eric Joyce - who resigned from the Labour party in 2012 - was the closest the event got to a Labour MP.

Eric Joyce MP may prefer brawling with Tories but I can reveal his dog Brodie "likes a bacon sandwich".

Jim Waterson

@jimwaterson

Eric Joyce MP may prefer brawling with Tories but I can reveal his dog Brodie "likes a bacon sandwich".

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This is last year's winner.

Great fun at the Westminster Dog of the Year show today - lots of great entrants. Will be a v difficult decision!

Charlie Elphicke

@CharlieElphicke

Great fun at the Westminster Dog of the Year show today - lots of great entrants. Will be a v difficult decision!

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Last year's winner, Charlie ElphickeKs 'Star' is watching proceedings with some disdain #westminsterdog

Camilla Swift

@millsswift

Last year's winner, Charlie ElphickeKs 'Star' is watching proceedings with some disdain #westminsterdog

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Some MPs made bad political jokes in an effort to boost their dog's chances of winning.

International development minister Alan Duncan has made a manifesto for Noodle, inc "an end to Yelp to Buy".

Jim Waterson

@jimwaterson

International development minister Alan Duncan has made a manifesto for Noodle, inc "an end to Yelp to Buy".

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Some had difficulty controlling their companions.

Cholmeley currently seems keener on stealing Noodle's tennis ball, unfortunately #westminsterdog

Camilla Swift

@millsswift

Cholmeley currently seems keener on stealing Noodle's tennis ball, unfortunately #westminsterdog

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Some just enjoyed the day.

David Amess MP (of "don't take cake fame") starts the day with his two pugs and a glass of champagne.

Jim Waterson

@jimwaterson

David Amess MP (of "don't take cake fame") starts the day with his two pugs and a glass of champagne.

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The dogs were intervewed, because it's Westminster.

@ericjoyce and @indiaknight's dog Brodie being interviewed for #mpdogoftheyear.

The Kennel Club

@KCLovesDogs

@ericjoyce and @indiaknight's dog Brodie being interviewed for #mpdogoftheyear.

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So much dogs.

At Westminster dog of the year, where pets are literally put on a pedestal

Anoosh Chakelian

@AnooshChakelian

At Westminster dog of the year, where pets are literally put on a pedestal

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So much dogs.

I didn't win but I had such fun & met lots of new friends :) #mpdogoftheyear

Vote4PoppyDog

@Vote4PoppyDog

I didn't win but I had such fun & met lots of new friends :) #mpdogoftheyear

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In the end, Eric Joyce's dog Brodie triumphed in the online public vote.

@ericjoyce and @indiaknight with their dog Brodie won the pawblic vote at #mpdogoftheyear ! #congrats!

The Kennel Club

@KCLovesDogs

@ericjoyce and @indiaknight with their dog Brodie won the pawblic vote at #mpdogoftheyear ! #congrats!

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But the overall winner was Noodle, owned by Minister of State for International Development Alan Duncan.

Govt minister Alan Duncan and Noodle wins Westminster dog of the year 2014. Pledges end to "dog whistle politics".

Jim Waterson

@jimwaterson

Govt minister Alan Duncan and Noodle wins Westminster dog of the year 2014. Pledges end to "dog whistle politics".

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Well-groomed, glossy-haired, loyal, and with a friendly and enthusiastic personality, Alan Duncan was delighted by his dog's win.

Felicity Baker

@Felicity_Baker

Westminster Dog of the Year

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