Andrew Mitchell and Scarlet contend for coveted Westminster Dog of the Year title

1st October 2014

On Thursday 23rd October, Andrew Mitchell, Conservative MP for Sutton Coldfield and his two year old Welsh Springer Spaniel, Scarlet will compete with other politicians and their pooches to win the coveted title of ‘Westminster Dog of the Year 2014’.

Dogs of all shapes and sizes will be whipping their MP and Peer owners into shape as they head to Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster, London to see who will be crowned top ‘pawlitical’ dog for 2014.

Organised jointly by Dogs Trust and the Kennel Club, the competition offers the unique chance for Andrew Mitchell MP to show off his loyal four-legged friend, Scarlet, who has supported him on the political trail. As well as this, the competition encourages an open dialogue on important dog welfare issues ahead of next year’s General Election.

The theme of this year’s event focuses on positive training and education, demonstrating how this helps to strengthen the bond between dog and owner.

Proud owner, Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP explains: “Scarlet is a wonderful companion and my biggest supporter. Often found charming local constituents in Sutton Coldfield and supporting door-to-door canvassing efforts, Scarlet will now take centre stage to compete at this Westminster Dog of the Year. With dogged determination, I have no doubt that she will win over the hearts of the voters and achieve a landslide victory.”

And what would Scarlet do if she became Prime Minister for the day? “Be tough on cats, tough on the causes of cats plus abolish world poverty”.

MPs will be calling for their supporters to vote for them, in a bid to win the public vote, with additional judging on the day which will review the contestants on their heroic doggy deeds and winning personalities. This will then determine which political pooch will take home the ultimate parliamentary privilege of the ‘Westminster Dog of the Year 2014’ title.

The Westminster Dog of the Year 2014 competition starts at 10.00am on Thursday 23rd October at Victoria Tower Gardens. The judging panel that will determine which pooch wins the highly desired crown includes Clarissa Baldwin OBE, CEO of Dogs Trust, Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary and last year’s winner, Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP. Confirmed guest speakers include Angela Smith MP, Shadow Minister for Animal Welfare.

Details of MPs and dog entered for this year’s Westminster Dog of the Year can be found at and to vote for Andrew Mitchell and Scarlet please visit