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Paisley pipped at post for Parliament's top dog

By Ann W Schmidt

Published 09/09/2016

Ian Paisley with dog Freda
Ian Paisley with dog Freda
Labour MP Jonathan Reynolds, who took first prize with his labradoodles Kennedy and Clinton

They tried their doggone hardest - but Ian Paisley and his furry friend failed to win the Westminster Dog of the Year.

They lost to a pair of labradoodles, Clinton and Kennedy, named after the American presidents.

The North Antrim DUP MP partnered with rescue dog Freda for the title, but the canine competition was too stiff to beat.

Freda, a five-year-old British bulldog, is a stray and was taken in by a Dogs Trust shelter before Mr Paisley adopted her for the competition yesterday. "She's the most friendly bulldog I've ever seen," he said. "She's one of the loveliest dogs."

Even though they did their best, they could not quite fetch the title, and Mr Paisley did not take the loss too well.

"Obviously, we were clearly discriminated against because we lost," Mr Paisley joked. "We should have a recount."

The winning pooches are the family pets of Labour MP Jonathan Reynolds.

In second place came Conservative MP Rebecca Harris and her pet Lurcher named Milo.

Plaid Cymru MP Liz Saville-Roberts and a Dogs Trust rescue standard dachshund named Fiona was third.

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